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South Carolina Senator Joins Nexsen Pruet

Paul G. Campbell Jr. expands law firm’s Public Policy & Gov’t Affairs Group

November 18, 2020

A champion for business and economic development is stepping down from the South Carolina Senate and joining Nexsen Pruet. Former South Carolina Senator Paul Campbell Jr. represented Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties since 2007.  Effective December 1, 2020, Senator Campbell will serve as an advisor in Nexsen Pruet’s Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group

“I’m excited to get back into private industry,” said Campbell, who formerly served as the Southeast Regional President for Alcoa Primary Metals in Mt. Holly.  “I can now combine my understanding of the legislative process with my private industry experience to help serve others.”  

In the South Carolina Senate, Campbell chaired the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  He was also a former chair of the Ethics Committee and member of the Finance Committee, Joint Committee on Bond Review and many more. Between 2013 and 2020, Campbell served as Executive Director and CEO for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, overseeing operations for the Charleston International Airport and two other airports.  During his tenure the Charleston Airport enjoyed significant growth. 

“We are honored that the Senator is bringing his talent and acumen to Nexsen Pruet,” said Leighton Lord, Nexsen Pruet Board Chair. “Paul is the kind of leader who knows how to get things done, and when I think of his accomplishments, Boeing’s facility in North Charleston immediately comes to mind.” 

In 2020, Governor Henry McMaster presented Campbell with The Order of the Silver Crescent, South Carolina’s award for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism, and lifelong influence within a region or community. In 1998, Governor David Beasley presented Campbell with South Carolina’s highest civilian honor – the Order of the Palmetto which recognizes extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance. 

Campbell has more than 40 years of management and engineering experience in the aluminum industry.  He is a past president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), two major international organizations.  Campbell’s service to South Carolina includes: past chair, S. C. Manufactures Alliance; past chair, S.C. Chamber of Commerce; member, Clemson Board of Visitors; member, Board of Governors for the School of Business and Economics at the College of Charleston; and member, South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. 


Nexsen Pruet serves clients from nine offices across the Southeast. With more than 200 lawyers and professionals, the firm provides regional, full-service capabilities with international strengths.