"Wilkins is the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals"
August 29, 2016
On August 26, 2018, The Greenville Journal reported "Billy Wilkins considering run for governor in ’18."
Reporter David Dykes called Wilkins after sources named the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as a potential candidate for South Carolina Governor. Wilkins told Dykes that he has "just started the thought process" regarding an entry into politics.
An excerpt from the report:
“I’m not going to make a final decision before I sit down and have a firm plan in my mind as to where I want to be two years from now and how to get there,” Wilkins said.
He added, “It may be I decide I want to stay practicing law. That’s a serious sacrifice for me to give up."
"...I think the biggest thing in most everybody’s mind is building a strong education system and building a strong economy within the state.”
Billy Wilkins began public service in 1974, when he was elected Solicitor (district attorney) for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in South Carolina. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed him United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. From there, he went on to lead Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Sentencing Commission.
As first Chair of the commission, his mandate was to bring about dramatic and positive changes in the nation's federal criminal justice system. He was responsible for establishing sentencing guidelines, policies, and practices for the federal courts.
Additionally, Gavin Jackson of The Post and Courier reported "2018 governor’s race starts to loom large after November. So who’s going to run?" Wilkins was pictured among potential Republican candidates.