Well-known as the most conservative member of the South Carolina State Senate (R-Spartanburg – Greenville), Lee Bright is not afraid to take a stand.
Since winning election to the State Senate in a hard-fought primary battle in 2008, Sen. Bright has been a relentless advocate for conservative causes. On issues ranging from pro-business to pro-life, Sen. Bright has proven himself as a competent, engaged, and energetic leader with the skills and temperament necessary to shepherd controversial legislation through the obstreperous Senate.
A native and resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Sen. Bright is married and has two children. He is director of business development for BBD, LLC of Spartanburg.
In the 2012 session, Sen. Bright led the way to passage of a bill to overhaul the South Carolina’s woefully mismanaged unemployment system saving employers millions in higher fees by staging a, literally, last minute filibuster which forced Senate leadership to bring the bill up to vote in the last hour of the session. He also advanced the Personhood bill which protects unborn children from abortion.
In the 2013 session Sen. Bright is the lead sponsor of the Constitutional Carry bill (removing requirement of law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit to exercise Second Amendment rights), the Firearms Freedom Act (exempting firearms manufactured in state for sale in state form regulations), the Freedom of Choice Healthcare Act (“opt-out” of Obamacare) as well as legislation to reform the way judges are appointed (S.200).
In 2012, after the district was redrawn to include parts of Greenville County, Sen. Bright was challenged by the former incumbent. He was re-elected to a second term with 60% of the vote and winning every precinct in the district.
The South Carolina Club for Growth has rated Sen. Bright 100% every year he has been in office. He also received the highest score in the legislature by the Upstate Tea Party.
Sen. Bright previously served as a member of the Spartanburg County District 6 School Board. While on the School Board, he was awarded the Taxpayer Hero award by the Spartanburg County Taxpayers Association.
A member of Roebuck Baptist Church, Sen. Bright has served as a board member of the Palmetto Family Council, Attorney General’s Commission on the Family, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.