Lt. Col. Bill Connor, candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Mt. Pleasant 9.12 Project.
A graduate of The Citadel, Bill Connor served over a decade as a Regular Army Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. After leaving active duty to become a reservist, Bill earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. As an attorney, Bill has earned an “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest peer evaluation rating of ethics and ability for an attorney practicing law in the United States.
In 2007, Bill volunteered for a year long combat deployment in Afghanistan, serving as a Joint Operations Officer, developing and implementing the U.S. advisory effort for Afghan National Security Forces.
Bill later commanded the U.S. Advisory effort in the volatile Helmand Province, and subsequently earned a promotion to Lt. Colonel. Bill also served as the senior American military liaison to British forces in Afghanistan.
For his efforts in Afghanistan, Bill was awarded the Bronze Star. He is now in charge of Command and General Staff Officer instruction (ILE) in South Carolina for the Reserves.
Bill then ran for Lt. Governor of South Carolina. He beat out many high profile opponents (including a former state Senator, former Circuit Court Judge, and a former SC Insurance Commissioner) to make the runoff. He is also the former 6th District Chairman of the SCGOP.
Bill lives in Orangeburg with his wife Susan and their children Peyton, Brenna, and Will. Susan is a board certified Ob-Gyn doctor in private practice and owner of “Connor’s Healthcare For Women,” who earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson and her Medical Degree from MUSC. She served for eight years as an Army doctor while married to Bill.
Bill is an attorney and law partner for Horger and Connor, LLC, who serves as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy. Bill also serves on the State Board of Youth Challenge. Bill and his family are members of Christ Church of the Carolinas in Columbia.