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Tommy D. Preston, Jr.


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A leader from early on...

Even as a young student, it was evident that Tommy Preston is a standout. He grew up in Clemson, SC and led student government groups, the drama club, the French society and the school newspaper. When it came time to choose a college, he chose his own way. Much to the dismay of his Tiger-fan family, he selected the University of South Carolina where he was a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar.

At age 22, then-University of South Carolina President, Dr. Andrew Sorensen hired Tommy to serve as the Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations. In this role, Tommy served as a university liaison to local, state, and national governments and developed and maintained the university’s various partnerships in the community and across the state. He would serve in this role until he graduated from law school.

In Law School and College...


  • University of South Carolina, B.A., cum laude, 2007
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2011
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Young Lawyers Division
  • ABA Governance Commission
  • ABA Presidential Appointments Committee
  • Business Law Section
  • Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Section on State and Local Government Law
  • Standing Committee on Membership

South Carolina Bar

  • Law Related Education Committee
  • YLD Annual Convention Committee, Co-Chair

University of South Carolina

  • Board of Visitors, Chair
  • President’s Community Advisory Committee
  • Carolina Alumni Association Board of Governors, Executive Committee
  • USC College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors and Alumni Board
  • Founder of Cocky’s Reading Express

Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association

  • President

Sistercare, Inc.

  • Board of Directors

National Center for State Courts

  • Young Lawyers Committee
  • President Bush’s Student Service Award
  • South Carolina Literacy Leader Award
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship Recipient


  • In May of 2014, the South Carolina Legislature adopted a concurrent resolution honoring Tommy on becoming President Elect of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association and both Chambers also honored him on June 4th.
  • Co-authored the state’s data center tax exemption bill that has been credited for making the state more competitive in attracting investment-heavy internet-infrastructure projects.
  • Authored legislation to protect Timeshare consumers from third-party fraud.
  • Part of the team responsible for working with the Boeing Company to secure economic development incentives for their upcoming expansion in South Carolina.
  • Counsel for developer in negotiating governmental incentives for a major residential and commercial development project in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Represented a national company before a State Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) Commission.
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Tommy knew from a young age that he had an interest in politics. His first political memory was sitting “Indian-style” on the floor in Ms. Guffee’s second grade, watching President Bill Clinton being sworn in as President. Since that time, Tommy has been active in politics, ranging from having the honor of representing South Carolina at the prestigious Boys Nation conference in Washington, DC; interning on Capitol Hill and the SC State House; and even running for “office” himself at the University of South Carolina, where he served as Student Body Treasurer and President.

From reading the newest political biographies, volunteering for and raising money for candidates, advising elected officials on policy matters, to visiting historical sites around the country, Tommy considers himself a history buff and political aficionado.

Tommy and his wife, Felicia, whom he met in law school, reside in Columbia, SC and are members of Midtown Fellowship Church. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, cooking, wine-tasting, and spending time with family and friends.

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"South Carolina is the ideal place to do business and it's my job to help businesses and professionals take advantage of opportunities to invest in and create jobs in our state."