Senator Gerald Malloy has represented District 29, including Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee and Marlboro counties, in the South Carolina Senate since 2002.
His story is much like other American success stories. He was raised in a small town by a strong middle-class family with good Southern values. He used education and hard work to become successful, but has never forgotten where he came from and never neglected his obligation to share his success with his community.
After graduating from University of South Carolina School of law in 1988, he moved to Hartsville, SC to practice law, eventually establishing his own very successful firm. When a vacancy occurred with the death of a distinguished Senator from his district, Malloy seized that opportunity for service and ran an unexpectedly successful campaign to win the Senate seat. He then successfully defended that seat in a subsequent election.
Malloy quickly established a reputation as a hard-working legislator who was willing to work across party lines to benefit his district and his state. One of his most important legislative accomplishments to date, the Sentencing Reform Act, turned tax burdens into tax payers. The Act allows non-violent offenders rehabilitative opportunities, thus allowing prisons the resources to keep the violent offenders off the streets. It was both a fiscally responsible and practical measure, saving the tax payers money while making them safer.
Malloy has long been a champion for rural economic development and a voice for the hard-working, but frequently under-represented, people of South Carolina. He opposed shifting the tax burden to rural communities, advocated for tax incentives that bring new jobs to our state and region and pushed for tougher regulation of the payday lending industry.
Being invested in his community is important to Malloy. He helped to establish the Butler Heritage Foundation. He also served on the Hartsville Downtown Development Board and was Chairman of the Hartsville Recreation Committee. In addition he is a past President of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association and past Chairman of the South Carolina Bar Association. He also serves on Board of Trustees of The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
Malloy has been honored by the South Carolina Library Association with the Friend of the Libraries Award for his work to establish and fund rural libraries. His vocal support of law enforcement led to him being honored by the Fraternal Order of Police with the Legislator of the year Award. The South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense presented him with the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and has since renamed the honor the “Gerald Malloy Distinguished Service Award.”
He is a lifetime member of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Malloy is married to Davita McFarland Malloy. They have four children, Donovan, Jonathan, Jordan and Morgan. The Malloy Family attends Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hartsville.