|Name||John M. Spratt, Jr.|
York, South Carolina , United States
|| November 01, 1942
May 19, 2017 07:50pm
Moderate - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Pro-Life - Married - Presbyterian -
|Info||John Spratt represents South Carolina's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. |
John grew up in York and graduated from York High School in 1960 and Davidson College in 1964. At both schools, he was president of his student body. At Davidson, he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won a Marshall Scholarship to Oxford University, where he studied economics and political science from 1964-66. He earned his law degree at Yale in 1969 and entered on active duty in the Army.
As a captain in the Army, John Spratt served in the Operations Analysis Group in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). At the end of his two-year stint, the Army awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal.
John practiced law in York from 1971 until his election to Congress in 1982. He was county attorney and attorney to two of the county's school districts. In addition, he was president of the Bank of Fort Mill and director of the Bank of York, and he owned a small insurance agency and a farm near Fort Mill.
Active in his community, John Spratt was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of York; president of the Western York County United Way; and president of the York Chamber of Commerce. He served as chairman of the Board of Divine Saviour Hospital and on the Board of Piedmont Legal Services, Inc. He has been chairman of the Board of Visitors at Winthrop College and at Davidson, and was a member of the Board of Visitors at Coker College. He now serves on the Board of Trustees at Davidson College.
John Spratt's first step as congressman was to set up offices in the three corners of the 5th District -- in Rock Hill, Sumter, and Darlington -- where he and his staff are available to anyone who needs our help in working out their problems with the federal government. From these offices, John's staff pays regular visits to city halls and courthouses all over the district.
In the House of Representatives, John Spratt is the Assistant to the Democratic Leader, one of the top ten leaders of the 435-member body. He is also Ranking Member on the Budget Committee and was a key negotiator of the Balanced Budget Agreement of 1997. In addition, he is the second-ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, where he has been successful in keeping Shaw Air Force Base, near Sumter, S.C., a top-notch base.
John keeps his home in York, in the same house where he grew up. He is married to Jane Stacy, of Filbert, a small community near York. Jane is a graduate of Winthrop University and a former school teacher, with an M.A.T. from Smith College. John and Jane have three daughters: Susan and Sarah, who are doctors, and Catherine, who is going to law school.
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