COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign today announced a new statewide radio and digital ad campaign highlighting Graham’s leadership on getting the Port of Charleston deepened – a project which will create thousands of new jobs in South Carolina.
Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers made a major announcement when it recommended deepening the port to a depth of 52 feet. Once the project is completed, Charleston will be the deepest port in the Southeast. This recommendation leaped past the initial effort to deepen the port to 50 feet and is considered by experts to be a game-changer for our state’s economy.
The Port of Charleston, which is considered one of South Carolina’s most critical economic engines, is estimated to directly and indirectly support over 268,000 jobs statewide and $11.8 billion in wages.
“Our port deepening is the biggest job creator of my lifetime,” South Carolina Ports Authority Board Chairman Bill Stern says in the ad. “You’ll have more businesses locating in South Carolina, you’ll have more distribution centers locating in South Carolina, and that all creates jobs. It absolutely would not have happened without Lindsey’s leadership.”
Graham has been a longtime proponent of the Port of Charleston deepening project.
- In 2011, an editorial from The Greenville News praised Graham for delivering on his promise to secure the funding to start the project, writing: “South Carolina owes Graham a debt for keeping this issue on the front burner and finding a way to have it funded.”
- The Post and Courier wrote in an article around the time the funding was secured, that “Graham to deliver on Port evaluation promise.” In 2011, Graham put a hold on all Senate business until he was able to get a commitment for $150,000, which was the federal funding necessary in order to move forward with the Port deepening feasibility study.
- Through his position on the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, Graham has worked to ensure the federal funding share has been met on an annual basis.
- Most recently, Graham secured a provision in the Water Resources Development Act that would expedite authorization of the project, ensuring the deepening project stays on schedule.
- The Greenville News reinforced the critical importance of the project to the entire state in an editorial, writing: “The Port of Charleston is vital to South Carolina’s economy.”
- The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce named Graham their 2013 Public Servant of the Year for his leadership in deepening the port, which helped save existing jobs and will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs in South Carolina.
The 60-second radio ad is available below: