Scott Talley is a conservative Republican Senator representing South Carolina’s 12th District. An Upstate South Carolina native, Scott served in the House of Representatives from 2000-2008. He was elected to the State Senate in 2016.
Talley earned a reputation for pushing economic development legislation and accomplishing reform in the State House. He was named “taxpayer hero” by then-Governor Mark Sanford for his opposition to tax increases and his dedication to cutting waste and saving taxpayer dollars.
In his first legislative session in the Senate, Scott has pushed for new ethics reform and
road funding with DOT reform. In the House, Scott authored the Textile Mill Revitalization Act, aimed at taking dilapidated mills and turning them into housing and retail space. The project has been an economic starter and very successful in the Upstate region. Scott also supported legislation to shorten session and move to a two year budget, to streamline government and save taxpayer dollars.
Scott graduated from Wofford College, where he played basketball. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and has been in private practice in Spartanburg since 2002. Talley is an attorney in Spartanburg, SC. Scott and his wife Kelly have three sons.