Thomas F. Hartnett

Thomas Forbes Hartnett ( born August 7, 1941 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American politician. Between 1981 and 1987 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Hartnett attended the common schools, including Bishop England High School and the College of Charleston. Between 1963 and 1969 he was a member of the Reserve of the U.S. Air Force. From 1981 to 1987 he was a member of the flight department of the National Guard of South Carolina. Since 1987 he has been chairman of the company Hartnett Realty Co.

Politically, Hartnett became a member of the Republican Party. Between 1965 and 1973 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from South Carolina; 1973 to 1981 he was a member of the State Senate. From 1972 to 1980 he was a delegate to the Republican party conferences in his home state, between 1980 and 2000 he was also a delegate to every Republican National Conventions.

1980 Hartnett was the first electoral district of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on January 3, 1981 to the succession of Mendel Jackson Davis of the Democratic Party. Since George W. Murray, who had represented the first constituency 1896-1897 in Congress, Hartnett was the first Republican who exercised this mandate. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1987 three consecutive legislative sessions.

In 1986, Hartnett gave up another candidacy. State Meanwhile he applied unsuccessfully for the office of Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. In 1992, he ran unsuccessfully as for the U.S. Senate. With 46.95 percent of the vote was defeated, however, only very narrowly Democratic incumbent Fritz Hollings. Today he lives in Mount Pleasant.