Representative Peter McCoy is a small business owner, dedicated public servant, and devoted husband and father who cares deeply about the future of our state.
In 2010, Peter was elected to represent District 115. Since the day he took office, Peter has fought to create jobs, end wasteful spending, improve education, and reduce crime.
Peter has been one of the House’s leading advocates to help put our neighbors back to work. In fact, Peter was one of only 6 representatives in the entire state to have a 100% pro-jobs legislative record, earning the 2012 Business Advocate Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Peter was also recognized as the strongest pro-business and pro-industry House member from Charleston in 2011 for his fight to protect the free enterprise system by the South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee. And he has been one of the staunchest proponents of our state’s port jobs, even standing up to Governor Haley and her DHEC board on the disastrous Savannah Harbor Expansion Project decision.
Peter has consistently voted to end wasteful government spending. He was named a “Taxpayer Hero” by the budget watchdog Club for Growth. And, he has worked to reduce our tax burdens, even filing a bill to make a hurricane preparedness tax-free weekend.
As the son and husband of former Charleston County public school teachers, Peter has made improving education a top priority. Fighting off the big-government special interests in Columbia, Peter worked hard to pass legislation that improves our charter schools, gives parents the opportunity to pick the best education environment for their children, and directs more funding away from government bureaucrats and into the classroom so our teachers will get much-deserved raises for the first time in four years. Additionally, Peter has earned the support of the NFL, NCAA, and Brain Injury Association for his work to improve the safety of high school athletes.
Peter’s background as a former criminal prosecutor in Solicitor Scarlett Wilson’s office has helped him fight for safer neighborhoods. Working to protect for our most vulnerable, Peter authored the Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse bill. He has worked to increase sentencing for second-degree burglary and provide a mandatory minimum for those who attempt murder on a law enforcement officer or who commit a crime while on bond. Peter has also worked closely with Attorney General Alan Wilson to sponsor and pass the AG office’s law enforcement legislative agenda.
In the State House, Peter serves as a respected member of the Judiciary Committee and Sportsmen Caucus. And, he was chosen by Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell to represent the Palmetto State at the national Legislative Leadership Conference.
Peter and his wife Jennifer, a former Charleston County public school teacher and now a criminal prosecutor, are the proud parents of one daughter, Mae Loflin. The family resides in the Farmington neighborhood on James Island and attends Grace Episcopal Church.