Jim Hodges received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He served as Lancaster County Attorney for three years and in private law practice for eight years. He later served as General Counsel and Secretary to The Springs Company, one of South Carolina’s largest private companies with interests in real estate, railroads and insurance.
Hodges was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1986 and served for eleven years before his election as Governor of South Carolina in 1998. Governor Hodges was very active with the National Governor’s Association during his tenure. Hodges served as Chairman of the Economic Development and Commerce, Human Resources and Legal Affairs Committees. As Chair of these committees in 2000-2002, Hodges worked one-on-one with governors from across America developing detailed policy recommendations for Congress, federal agencies and the state and territorial legislatures.
As governor, Hodges served on various other regional and national boards including the Southern Growth Policies Board (Chair 2002) and the Southern Technology Council (Chair 2001) and received the Travel Industry Association’s National Special Service Award in 2002. He received Honorary Degrees for public service to the State of South Carolina; University of South Carolina; Winthrop University; South Carolina State University; The Citadel; and Francis Marion University. He also received the Silver Medallion Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Carolina School of Business. Hodges served as National Co-Chair of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Today, the former governor is President and CEO of McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC and partner at McGuireWoods, LLP law firm in Columbia, South Carolina. McGuire Woods Consulting is headquartered in Richmond VA and has offices in many southeastern states, Illinois, Washington, D.C., as well as Romania and London.
Currently, Hodges serves on the Board of Directors for Strategic Partnerships, LLC and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Advisors for Public Insight, LLC. Hodges also is on the Board of Trustees for the Business Partnership Foundation of the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business and is on the Board of Directors for CoastalSouth Bancshares, Inc. On the international front, Hodges is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mongolia Railway Infrastructure Company.