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Kenneth A. Bingham

Government Affairs Advisor (non-lawyer)
Government Relations
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Kenneth A. “Kenny” Bingham joined Adams and Reese as a Government Affairs Advisor (non-lawyer) in 2016 immediately after serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 89, for 16 years. During his service in the House, Kenny led as Majority Leader from 2008 to 2012; chaired the Ethics Committee; and was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee where he served as chairman of the K-12 Budget Subcommittee. Having spent two decades in public office, Kenny applies his unique experience in legislative, business, finance, education, health care and economic development initiatives to help firm clients meet their goals.

Along with serving as SC House Majority Leader, as chair of the House Ethics Committee and as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Kenny was a member of the House Labor, Commerce & Industry Committee, the Medical, Military, and Municipal Affairs Committee, and a member of the Joint Bond Review Committee. He also served as finance chairman for the House GOP Caucus. Prior to being elected to the SC House of Representatives in 2000, he was a member of the City of Cayce Planning Commission for two years and served for four years on the Lexington School District Two Board of Trustees, including two years as chairman.

As an SC Representative, Kenny’s significant legislative successes include:

  • Education: Expanding educational opportunities for all students through the creation of the South Carolina Public Charter School District, implementing a new statewide 4-K kindergarten program for at-risk students to attend the public or private school of their choice, creation of the South Carolina Exceptional Needs Tax Credit Program to provide scholarships to students with special needs that choose to attend private institutions, as well as successfully formulating, adopting and implementing legislation to satisfy the SC Supreme Court ruling against the State of South Carolina resulting from a 21 year old lawsuit over inadequate state funding for poor, rural school districts.
  • Health Care: Created the Pervasive Development Disorder Program that provides up to 40 hours a week of intense one on one therapy for small children with autism. This program has provided incredible results for the children, the families, and the State of South Carolina. Passed legislation creating the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance to provide access to quality health care services to rural and underserved populations throughout South Carolina, and worked closely with the Medical University of South Carolina to secure funding to build the new, state of the art, MUSC Children’s Hospital.
  • Government Accountability & Reform: Spearheaded efforts that dismantled and overhauled the SC Employment Security Commission by creating a new Department of Employment and Workforce. This change was necessitated by mismanagement, neglect, and poor oversight of the old and arcane Employment Security System. Additionally, created a new 21st century tax model and business rate structure for the assessment and collection of unemployment insurance taxes. Led efforts to restructure and bring stability to the state’s retirement systems after years of poor decisions left the system on the verge of insolvency.
  • Business Initiatives: Secured tax breaks and incentives that enabled a large online retailer to build several new distribution centers in the State of South Carolina, resulting in the creation of over 4,000 full time jobs. Served as a consistent voice in the SC House for tax relief, conservative budgeting, responsible spending, and the reduction of burdensome regulations that stymie business growth and development.

In 2003, Kenny was named “National Legislator of the Year” by the National Republican Legislators Association. In 2004, he was honored by SC Gov. Mark Sanford as a “Taxpayer Hero,” and in 2005, he was named a “Friend of the Taxpayer” by the SC Association of Taxpayers. As a State Representative, Kenny consistently earned the support of many pro-business groups including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce which recognized him in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016 with their “Business Advocate Award” and in 2011 he was selected as their statewide “Public Servant of the Year”. Additionally, Kenny has consistently garnered recognition for his many accomplishments in the fields of education and healthcare.

A successful businessman, Kenny is a licensed professional engineer and co-owner of American Engineering Consultants, Inc., which is based in his hometown of Cayce, SC. He has also worked as the executive vice president of Hercules Contractors and Engineers Inc. for over twenty years. Kenny earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1984.

In his spare time, Kenny enjoys fishing, playing golf, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends. He also loves sports and cheering for his USC Gamecocks!

Kenneth A. Bingham is not licensed to practice law.