Former Senator Michael T. Rose

Senator Michael T. Rose photo


Senate District 38 - Charleston, Dorchester

Personal Information

  • Businessman/Attorney
  • Residing at 409 Central Ave., Summerville
  • Born October 13, 1947 in Charleston
  • Son of the late Artman A. Rose and the late Lynnette M. Pullen
  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S., 1969, majoring in International Affairs
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Harvard Business School, M.B.A., 1981
  • Editor, New York University Law Review, 1971-73
  • Licensed to practice law by five states and numerous federal courts
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated "AV" (highest professional attorney rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Subject of case study at Harvard Business School
  • Winner of Uhlmann Award for best agri-business research report at Harvard Business School, 1981
  • Associate Attorney at major law firm and founder and President of various entrepreneurial companies
  • May 25, 1985 married Vivian Osborn
  • Founder and Executive Director, The Farmers Assistance Relief Mission, Inc., and "Adopt-A-Cow" Program
  • Received Order of the Palmetto from Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. and commendations from South Carolina General Assembly, 1987
  • Outstanding Young Man of America
  • Winner and plaintiff of landmark United States Supreme Court decision about Freedom of Information Act
  • Guest lecturer, various universities, colleges, professional organizations, and television programs, including on CBS "60 Minutes"
  • Author of book published by New York University & various articles
  • Eagle Scout with three palms
  • Staff member, Boy Scout World Jamboree, Idaho, 1967 and Camp Ho-Non-Wah staff, Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, 1961-63
  • Brotherhood Member, Order of the Arrow
  • Member, Unali-yi Dancers, 1961-63
  • Member, Bethany United Methodist Church
  • Former precinct officer and member of Platform Committee
  • South Carolina Republican Party, 1989
  • District Chairman, National Federation of Republican Men, 1991-92
  • Dorchester County Republican Party
  • Chairman, Strom Thurmond for Senate Campaign
  • Chairman, Dorchester County Legislative Delegation, 1989-90, 1994, 2011-2012
  • Vice Chairman, Republican Forum
  • South Carolina Chairman, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1990-92
  • "Outstanding State Legislator," American Legislative Exchange Council, 1990
  • Friend of Taxpayer Award, South Carolina Taxpayers Association, 1991
  • Leadership with Ethics Reform Award from Common Cause, 1991
  • "Most Conservative Senator" by South Carolina Policy Council, 1990, 1991
  • "Distinguished Service Award" for being Outstanding State Legislator, from National Association for Uniformed Services (1994)
  • Endorsed by Sierra Club for being pro-environment, 1992
  • Selected to "Who's Who in America," 1996
  • "Who's Who in American Politics," 2003
  • Regular Officer, United States Air Force, 1969-74
  • Retired as Major in United States Air Force Reserves
  • Air Force Commendation Medal, 1990
  • Honorary Ph.D. in Public Administration by Military College of South Carolina, 2010


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