About

Representing Senate District 24 which includes most of Aiken, North Augusta, Warrenville, Gloverville, Couchton, New Ellenton, Jackson, Beech Island, and Windsor in Aiken County, Tom Young is Senate District 24’s hardworking voice in Columbia. During his time in the General Assembly, Tom made a name for himself across the state as a hardworking member who puts his constituents ahead of entrenched special interests. His constituents and others across the state know of his weekly email update newsletters and his efforts to keep taxpayers informed. Tom has received statewide recognition for leading efforts to restructure state government including shortening the legislative session, as well as for his creative ideas to decrease South Carolina’s high public school dropout rate. He also has been recognized with several legislative awards for his leadership addressing deficiencies in child protective services at the Department of Social Services.

In the Senate, Tom serves on the Legislative Audit Council and the Judiciary, Agriculture, Corrections, Fish and Game, General, and Nuclear Advisory Committees. Locally, Tom is chair of the Aiken County Legislative Delegation.
Born and raised in Aiken, Tom graduated from Aiken High and the University of South Carolina where he was student body president at both schools. Tom has served on the boards of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken County Dollars for Scholars (past chair), Children’s Place (past chair), Aiken County Public Education Partners, USC Young Alumni Association (past chair), USC Aiken Partnership, South Carolina Honors College, and several committees of the South Carolina Bar. Tom received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1993 while at USC and is the 2009 recipient of the Silver Compleat Lawyer Award presented by the USC School of Law Alumni Association.

Tom is married to his wife Heather and his daughters are Hailey (13) and Ashley (9). Tom is an active member of St. John’s Methodist Church and he volunteers as an attorney for Millbrook Baptist Church.

Legislative Scorecards:

  • S.C. BIPEC – “Sword and Mace” Recipient Twice; 96 in 2009; 100 in 2010; 93.44 in 2011; 97.85 in 2012; 100 in 2013
  • State Chamber of Commerce – 100 in 2009; 93 in 2010; 100 in 2011; 100 in 2012; 93 in 2013
  • South Carolina Family Council – 100 in 2009/2010; 100 in 2011/2012; 100 in 2013/2014
  • Conservation Voters of SC – 88 Lifetime Conservation Score
  • National Rifle Association (NRA) – “A” in 2009/2010; “A” in 2011/2012; NRA endorsed
  • S.C. Club for Growth – Taxpayer Hero Award for 2011/2012