Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Introduces Bill to Designate Floyd Spence Post Office Building

Feb 27, 2003
Press Release
Entire SC House Delegation Co-Sponsors Legislation to Honor Spence
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) announced he has introduced legislation to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service at 1830 South Lake Drive in Lexington, S.C., as the “Floyd Spence Post Office Building.” Congressmen John Spratt (D-S.C.), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Jim Demint (R-S.C.), Henry Brown (R-S.C.) and Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.) have co-sponsored the bill. “I am very pleased my fellow South Carolina Members have joined me in honoring the late Congressman Floyd Spence,” said Rep. Wilson. “Floyd Spence was much more than my predecessor, he was my dear friend and most trusted mentor.” “For South Carolinians, Floyd Spence was a true leader with a lifetime commitment to public service. And as he served as Chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Floyd Spence was a leader for the nation, warning of the grave dangers of terrorism and helping to prepare our military to deal with our present day threats.” Floyd D. Spence was born in Columbia, S.C. in 1928. A graduate of Lexington High School and the University of South Carolina, Floyd Spence was later commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Carter Hall (LSD-3) and the LSM-397. He is the former Group Commander of all Naval Reserve Units in Columbia, South Carolina, and is the former Commanding Officer of a Naval Reserve Surface Division. He retired as a Captain from the United States Naval Reserve in 1988. Floyd Spence was first elected to public office as a South Carolina State House Representatives in 1956. He was the first South Carolina legislator in the 20th Century to switch to the Republican party, becoming a pioneer for the development of the modern two-party system, and was later elected to the South Carolina State Senate in 1966. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives serving the Second District of South Carolina in 1970, and held that office until his death in 2001. During his time in the U.S. House, Floyd Spence served as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct for thirteen years and was elected by his colleagues as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, a position he held for six years. ###