JOHN MCKEE SPRATT JR. (born November 1, 1942) is an American
politician who was the U.S. Representative for South Carolina\'s 5th
congressional district from 1983 to 2011. He is a member of the
Democratic Party . Spratt was the dean of the South Carolina
congressional delegation, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the
Budget , and the second ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Committee
on Armed Services , where he served on three subcommittees: Oversight
and Investigations, Strategic Forces, and Air and Land Forces. In
addition to his committee work, he co-chaired the Textile Caucus, the
Bearing Caucus, and the Nuclear Energy Caucus. The 5th Congressional
District covers all or part of 14 counties in north-central South
Carolina . The largest cities are Rock Hill and Sumter . On November
2, 2010, he lost to Republican challenger
* 1 Early life, education and career
* 2 U.S. House of Representatives
* 2.1 Committee assignments in 111th Congress
* 3 Political campaigns * 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links
EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION AND CAREER
Spratt was born in
Charlotte, North Carolina
After graduating from York High School , he earned a BA degree in
Spratt was a captain in the Army from 1969 to 1971, serving in the Operations Analysis Group in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) at the Pentagon , and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal .
Spratt returned to York in 1971 to practice at the law firm of Spratt, McKeown, and Spratt. He was county attorney and school board attorney, and president of the Bank of Fort Mill . He also ran a small insurance agency and owned a farm in Fort Mill.
Since his departure from Congress, Spratt has served as Visiting
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS IN 111TH CONGRESS
* COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES
* Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces * Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations * Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
* COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET (Chairman)
For his work in Congress, Spratt won praise from Columbia 's
newspaper The State , which called him "one of his party's most
reliable 'bridges' to the Republican side."
One of Spratt's proudest accomplishments was the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 , which he co-authored, putting the federal budget in surplus for the first time in 30 years.
In the 111th Congress , Spratt supported legislation such as the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
On March 21, 2010, Spratt joined a majority of his House colleagues in approving H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , the Senate version of the health care reform bill. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, he made the floor motion which led to the vote on the bill. "I was where the action was when the bill had to be called from the clerk's desk," he told The Herald , a Rock Hill, South Carolina newspaper. "It was like sharing a moment in history."
On March 24, 2010, Spratt was appointed to the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform . In reporting on the appointment, Dow Jones Newswires called Spratt "one of the staunchest fiscal conservatives among House Democrats."
Spratt became active in Democratic politics at an early age, and was
elected delegate to the
1964 Democratic National Convention
In 2010, Spratt was defeated by State Senator
Spratt married Jane Stacy of Filbert,
Spratt is a member of First Presbyterian Church in York, South Carolina . He has been active in the United Way and other civic and charity organizations.
* ^ "Memory Hold the Door: John McKee Spratt, 1907-1973,"
* ^ Corey Boles, Dow Jones Newswires, in NASDAQ.com, 24 March