James H. Hodges


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  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 1982
  • University of South Carolina, BS, Business Administration, Phi Beta Kappa, 1979
  • South Carolina

Member, Board of Directors, Strategic Partnerships, LLC

Vice-chair, Board of Advisors, Public Insight, LLC

Member, Board of Trustees, Business Partnership Foundation, University of South Carolina Moore School of Business

Member, Board of Directors, CoastalSouth Bancshares, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Mongolia Railway Infrastructure Co.

Member, Board of Directors, Titan Insurance Company

Governor Hodges is President and Chief Executive Officer of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner with McGuireWoods LLP. He advises clients on energy, healthcare, education, economic development, and other issues, dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and Columbia, S.C.

Governor Hodges provides strategic and policy advice to a wide range of clients dealing with issues with the nation's governors and state level Cabinet agencies. He has assisted clients on matters in all fifty states, and regularly works with clients having matters at the National Governor's Association, Democratic Governors Association, Democratic Attorneys General Association, and National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Governor Hodges served as a national co-chair of the Obama for President Campaign in 2008, and regularly advises political and business leaders on a wide range of state, regional and national policy issues.

As governor of South Carolina, he led efforts to improve the state's education system, including establishing the education lottery that is credited with providing more than 100,000 scholarships. He is also responsible for funding "First Steps," a public-private preschool readiness program. Under his leadership, the South Carolina Department of Commerce achieved record breaking economic development results. Since 2003, he has been the CEO of Hodges Consulting, a business, government relations, and economic development consulting firm.

Jim received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, The Citadel, Winthrop University and Francis Marion University. While earning his law degree at the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the mock trial team and received the Compleat Lawyer Silver Medallion. As an undergraduate, he was named Outstanding Senior in Economics.

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Jim Hodges
T: +1 803 251 2301F: +1 803 251 23151301 Gervais Street
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Columbia, SC 29201
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice, Woodward/White, Inc., 2008-2018

Speaker, "State Government Focused Panel," 12th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 18, 2015
Election Alert: Summary of Gubernatorial and Attorney General Races, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, November 10, 2016
South Carolina Election Summary, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, November 9, 2016