US Rep. Nancy Mace engaged to Charleston software entrepreneur | Palmetto Politics

COLUMBIA — South Carolina U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace is engaged, her campaign declared May possibly 15. 

In a video clip posted to her campaign’s YouTube website page in excess of the weekend, her long run spouse, Charleston tech entrepreneur Patrick Bryant, can be noticed placing on a microphone and hiding powering a random constituents’ door.

An unsuspecting Mace, thinking she’s shooting b-roll for a industrial, opens the doorway to discover Bryant waiting within with a ring. 

The very first-phrase congresswoman, who is in the center of a contentious GOP key for reelection, said “sure.” 

The proposal came in a occupied weekend for the congresswoman, who was in the district on both of those formal and campaign business. On May possibly 14, Mace was in Summerville collaborating in a Dorchester County Republican Get together occasion wherever she achieved with voters and shipped her stump speech together with her Trump-endorsed top opponent, Katie Arrington. 

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A previous Tv producer, Bryant, who has been dating Mace for numerous a long time, is a longtime entrepreneur in the Charleston place with stakes in many enterprises all over the location, in accordance to his LinkedIn webpage. His pending marriage to Mace, who has been married 2 times ahead of, will be his second, and he currently has two kids, aged 20 and 17. Mace’s two small children are age 15 and 12. 

The South Carolina indigenous has also been included in a luxurious cigar enterprise in Charleston that led to Bryant co-founding a enterprise that specializes in making 24-karat rolling papers that have gained recognition with marijuana smokers. 

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Mace is a essential Republican voice in legalizing cannabis and has sponsored legislation to decriminalize it at the federal level. Her guidance of decriminalizing marijuana has turned into a marketing campaign issue in her main fight versus Arrington, and has attracted tens of 1000’s of dollars in spending from anti-marijuana groups opposing her.

Mace mentioned in a textual content that she was included in initiatives to legalize hashish at the state amount a long time in advance of assembly Bryant, and that the corporation currently has a existence in additional than 3,000 retailers around the region with no laws in place that could be aided or hindered by her legislation, which would allow states to established their possess cannabis legislation. 

“Will not have anything to do with my monthly bill,” she stated. 

Bryant has also served as a chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and, most lately, has worked as a leading govt with local program growth firm CODE/+/Trust, which develops software package for a suite of company and federal government consumers all over the place. He also started the Harbour Entrepreneur Middle, a coworking space in downtown Charleston that has assisted launch a lot more than 200 corporations given that its founding in 2013.

The rolling papers business, he mentioned, is a somewhat minor enterprise. 

“As a minority investor I really don’t have a working day to day role as I’m targeted on Code/+/Have confidence in, our program item enhancement company,” he explained. “As we only offer paper and tobacco nothing at all about the cannabis legalization outcomes our enterprise immediately. I guidance Nancy and that particular invoice 100 percent.”

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The news arrives adhering to the release of an report in Politico revealing Mace’s recent co-obtain of a more than $1.6 million house close to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Property documents show Bryant as a the greater part proprietor of the home, which the pair bought in March 2021.

Mace, who lives on Daniel Island, told The Post and Courier she is closing on a new dwelling in the Charleston space afterwards this 7 days, but clarified in a text concept she will be remaining in the district. 

“Our dwelling will generally be in the Lowcountry,” she mentioned. 

Get in touch with Nick Reynolds at 843-834-4267. Abide by him on Twitter @IAmNickReynolds.

Stacee R. Grigg

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