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Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014
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NAME: Robert E. Livingston, Jr.

AGE: 57. Born July 17, 1956.

RESIDENCE: West Columbia, South Carolina.

POLTICAL AFFILIATION: Republican Party.

EDUCATION: Hampden-Sydney College, bachelor of science in chemistry; Georgia Institute of Technology, bachelor of electrical engineering and master of science in electrical engineering; University of South Carolina, master of business administration.

MILITARY SERVICE: Enlisted in the South Carolina Army National Guard in March 1978, commissioned through Palmetto Military Academy Officer Candidate School. He has held 18 separate military assignments, primarily in engineering companies and in command of infantry brigades in South Carolina and Afghanistan. He has held posts in the National Guard Bureau in Virginia, at the U.S. Central Command in Florida and four years as the current S.C. Adjutant General in Columbia, South Carolina.

MILITARY EDUCATION: U.S. Army Infantry School, Airborne School, U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, Master of Science in Military Studies.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Majority owner and chairman of the board for the electrical engineering firm Gregory Electric. The firm conducts commercial and industrial electrical, utility and telecommunications services with operations in nine states.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Running for re-election in his second run for office.

NOTABLE: As a one-star general, commanded South Carolina's largest military deployment since World War II when he took 1,800 Guardsmen and women to serve a combat deployment in Afghanistan.

ON THE ISSUES: Livingston says he wants to complete the work he has done over the past four years, including his program to help Guardsmen and women find work. Over the past several years, the campaign has driven the Guard's 16 percent unemployment rate down to about 3 percent by connecting employers with Guard members.

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