October 6th, 2020 - Republican Former Beaufort County Councilman Tabor Vaux Endorses Joe Cunningham

CHARLESTON, SC – Today, former Beaufort County Councilman Tabor Vaux endorsed Rep. Joe Cunningham for reelection. Vaux, a lifelong Republican, served on Beaufort County Council from 2012 to 2018. He graduated from The Citadel in 2005 and was awarded with the Mark W. Clark Award for making the greatest contribution to the Honor System of any cadet throughout the year. 


Councilman Vaux said he is crossing the aisle to support Cunningham because of his proven record of bipartisan results:


“Joe’s track record of results makes it clear that Lowcountry over party is more than just a campaign slogan. From bucking his party to stop a Congressional pay raise and voting against a budget that would add trillions to the national debt, to getting his bill to help veterans signed into law by President Trump, it is clear that Joe is the kind of independent voice the Lowcountry needs in Washington. We need people like Joe in Congress who will bridge the partisan divide and get things done.” 


Vaux is one of several Republican elected officials who have crossed the aisle to endorse Cunningham.

September 14th, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham Urges Beaufort County to Reject Bay Point Development

(WCIV) — Rep. Joe Cunningham urged the Beaufort County Zoning Board of Appeals to reject plans to develop a luxury resort on Bay Point Island. In a letter sent to Vice Chairman Kevin Mack of the Beaufort Country Zoning Board of Appeals, Cunningham called on the Board to deny the special use permit as proposed by the developer, Bay Point Island, LLC, arguing the project does not meet true eco-tourism standards.

September 9th, 2020 - Editorial: Ban offshore drilling for good along entire East Coast

We certainly welcome President Donald Trump’s moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling along South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. But as we’ve seen over the past few years, the politics of offshore drilling is changeable. So we need to remain vigilant, and Congress needs to pass a durable ban that future administrations cannot undo with the stroke of pen.

That was the intent of a House-passed bill by U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., that the Senate has failed to take up. That’s where U.S. Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, both R-S.C., must lend a hand. Gov. Henry McMaster, too, should urge the president to light a fire under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

September 1st, 2020 - Rep. Joe Cunningham endorsed by US Chamber of Commerce ahead of November election

Charleston Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a rare show of support for a group which has traditionally favored Republicans ahead of elections.

Overall, the national chamber endorsed 23 freshman House Democrats, many of whom face tough reelection bids.

August 20th, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham demands Congress to resume relief package talks

Rep. Joe Cunningham and a group of bipartisan lawmakers are asking Congressional leaders to resume talks for a COVID-19 relief package.


The group, consisting of ten Democrats and eight Republicans, wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to help unemployed Americans and small businesses still closed or struggling during the pandemic.

August 19th, 2020 - John Grisham will join Joe Cunningham for brewery tour stop Monday

Author John Grisham will join U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham during the congressman's next event on his reelection tour of 1st District breweries.


The next stop on the tour, happening virtually this campaign season, is set to stream Mon. Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. on Cunningham's Facebook page.

August 9th, 2020 - Cunningham: Great American Outdoors Act will benefit South Carolinians for generations

Congress recently put partisan politics aside to pass one of the most significant pieces of conservation legislation in decades. This historic and bipartisan bill will not only create over 100,000 jobs and grow the economy, but also expand access to public lands and waters for every South Carolinian eager to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

August 5th, 2020 - Former mayor Joe Riley named chairman to Rep. Cunningham's reelection campaign

Rep. Joe Cunningham is starting his reelection campaign for Congress, and he's named former Charleston mayor Joe Riley as his chairman for his campaign.

Riley was the mayor of Charleston from 1975 to 2016.

“Mayor Riley is an incredible public servant and one of my personal heroes,'' said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “He brings a wealth of knowledge about the Lowcountry and decades of experience and I could not be more honored to have him serve as chairman of my campaign.”

July 22nd, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham's Great American Outdoors Act awaits Pres. Trump's signature

Rep. Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham was one of the co-sponsors of the Great American Outdoors Act, which will help fund conservation efforts throughout South Carolina and the nation.

Recently, it passed through the Senate and Wednesday evening, it passed through the House 310-107.

"This probably the most critical piece of environmental conservation legislation we've passed in decades," Cunningham said in an interview with ABC News 4.

July 16th, 2020 - SC Democrat Joe Cunningham holds $2.3M lead over Republican Nancy Mace in US House race

South Carolina freshman Democrat Joe Cunningham has amassed an enormous $2.3 million cash advantage over Republican challenger Nancy Mace, expanding his war chest to $3 million in one of the top congressional races of the 2020 cycle.

According to quarterly federal fundraising reports filed Wednesday, Cunningham has a stockpile of cash that is nearly four times larger than what Mace, a GOP state lawmaker from Daniel Island, has collected.

July 15th, 2020 - Coast Guard to expand in Lowcountry after Rep. Cunningham legislation

Expect to see a lot more of the Coast Guard around Charleston soon.

Rep. Joe Cunningham announced that funding has been secured to speed up the U.S. Coast Guard's expansion in the Lowcountry.

The funding was approved by the House Appropriations Committee in the Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security Funding legislation.

Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz said the Coast Guard will add two National Security Cutters (NSC) and over 1,000 more personnel in Charleston.

July 14th, 2020 - General Patton's grandson, a Republican, endorses SC Democrat Joe Cunningham in House Race

George Patton "Pat" Waters, the Republican grandson of legendary World War II Army Gen. George S. Patton, charged into South Carolina's top U.S. House race by endorsing Democrat Joe Cunningham over GOP candidate Nancy Mace in a new TV ad.

July 8th, 2020 - Cunningham, Clyburn start one of nation's first Coast Guard JROTC at Lucy Beckham High

With help from Reps. Joe Cunningham and James Clyburn, they announced that the US Coast Guard will start a Junior ROTC program at Lucy Beckham High School in Mount Pleasant.

Cunningham and Clyburn helped pass the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which has an amendment to establish Coast Guard JROTC programs in high schools across the country. 

Lucy Beckham High School will not only be the first in the state with the program, but one of the first in the nation with the Coast Guard JROTC program.

July 1st, 2020 - Joe Cunningham launches first TV ad of general election in SC's top congressional race

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham released his first television ad of the general election Wednesday, a minute-long spot that highlights his handling of a tumultuous 2020, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ad, which begins airing on TV and cable across South Carolina’s coastal 1st District on Thursday, is called “Found a Way.”

“When everything stopped, we all felt it,” the Charleston Democrat says. “Businesses closed. Lives lost. Streets emptied.” Images of a desolate downtown Charleston appear across the screen before cutting to the inside of a busy hospital.

June 22nd, 2020 - Joe Cunningham receives "Spirit of Enterprise" Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCBD) – Representative Joe Cunningham was awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday “for his support of pro-growth economic policies during the first session of the 116th Congress.”

The gift is awarded based on Congressional members’ record of pro free enterprise, pro economic growth, and pro jobs votes.

Cunningham said “It is an honor to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award….I am proud to advance pro-business, pro-growth legislation because I know that support for business means greater economic prosperity for our community. The Lowcountry is home to major international companies, world-class ports, and thousands of small businesses because folks know our community is a great place to start and grow a business. As we recover from this public health and economic crisis, I will continue to support policies that create jobs, promote growth, and reignite our economy.

May 28th, 2020 - Joe Cunningham working to improve loan process for small business

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCBD) – On Thursday, Representative Joe Cunningham voted in favor of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, bipartisan legislation designed to improve the already established program that helps small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill passed in the House.

May 15th, 2020 - SC Democrat Joe Cunningham votes against his party's $3T coronavirus stimulus package 

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham voted against his party’s latest and largest coronavirus relief package on Friday, calling the $3 trillion bill “partisan” and “Washington politics at its worst.”

“While South Carolina families, small business owners, and workers are struggling, now is not the time to advance a partisan wish list or refuse to come to the negotiating table,” the Charleston Democrat said in a statement Friday morning about his intent to vote against the measure.

“At a time when our country is in real trouble, we should not be spending precious time on one-sided solutions that aren’t going anywhere,” he added.

May 8th, 2020 - Reps. Cunningham and Torres Small lead effort to give businesses flexibility in PPP funds

WASHINGTON D.C. (WCIV) — Representative Joe Cunningham (SC-01) and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) led a bipartisan effort on Friday to help give businesses more flexibility to spend Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The PPP was created by Congress to address the needs of small businesses and allow them to maintain their workforce as stay-at-home orders shuttered businesses. however, some members feel the guidelines for spending have put undue strain on these businesses and create additional roadblocks rather than provide relief.

“Businesses are acting in good faith to keep their businesses operational and their employees on payroll,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer. 

April 10th, 2020 - Rep. Joe Cunningham calls for more help for Lowcountry workers, small businesses and more

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — Representative Joe Cunningham wrote a letter to Congress, laying out the actions he wants Congress to take to help Lowcountry workers, small businesses, cities, service members and hospitals traverse the difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve had countless conversations with Lowcountry small business owners, working families, local leaders, and health care workers who are all feeling the impact of this public health and economic crisis,” said Cunningham. “Congress needs to act to meet the needs of our small businesses, hospitals, and cities during this difficult time.”

To break it down, the representative made five separate cases.

March 30, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham calls on Gov. McMaster to issue statewide ‘stay at home’ order

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Representative Joe Cunningham is calling on Governor Henry McMaster to issue a statewide ‘stay at home’ order as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise in South Carolina.

More than 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Rep. Cunningham’s district.

He says a statewide order would help when it comes to legal uncertainty for municipalities and would provide more urgent action in slowing the spread of the virus.

March 23rd, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham calls for lawmakers to put politics aside, pass stimulus bill

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Congressman Joe Cunningham called out lawmakers in Washington, D.C. on Monday to pass the stimulus package.

"These political soundbites shouldn’t be in the bill, we should just get down to what helps people who are suffering the most," Rep. Cunningham said.

He added he's going to bat for the tourism and food and beverage industries, the types of businesses he said make up the Lowcountry.

March 13th, 2020 - Rep. Joe Cunningham working to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Congressman Joe Cunningham joined other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in calling on the Small Business Administration (SBA) “to assist small businesses being impacted by COVID-19 and related containment efforts.”

In particular, the letter sent by the lawmakers asked the SBA to:

  1. Provide a clear process for how states can work with the SBA to officially declare a disaster for Coronavirus-related economic injuries to small businesses

  2. Develop and communicate a clear process for small businesses who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus to access economic injury disaster loans

March 5, 2020 - One year later, it's time for Mitch McConnell to stop blocking critical anti-corruption and election reform legislation

When I ran for Congress, I promised the people of the Lowcountry I would work for them, not special interests and big donors. It's why I made a promise — which I have kept — to not accept a single dime from special interests or PACs. Once elected, I worked with my colleagues to do just that by co-sponsoring and helping pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1), once-in-a-generation anti-corruption and democracy reform legislation.

H.R. 1 tackles the biggest problems facing our democracy. It shines a light on the dark money that corrupts our politics, protects and expands the fundamental right to vote, ends partisan gerrymandering, and restores ethics and accountability in the federal government to ensure that we are working for the interests of the American people, rather than wealthy donors and lobbyists.

December 4th, 2019 - Continued Republican support for Rep. Joe Cunningham

Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham was elected in 2018 from the pro-Trump 1st District in South Carolina. @martinsavidge asks the district's voters if they still support Cunningham amid the impeachment probe. 

November 13th, 2019 - House of Representatives passes Rep. Cunningham's bills to help veterans

Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) introduced both of the bills. The VA Tele-hearing Modernization Act allows veterans to teleconference in to appeals hearings regarding their benefits. The Women Veterans Health Care Accountability Act directs the VA to conduct a study on access to health care for female veterans.

September 17th, 2019 - With an IPA brewed in his honor, Joe Cunningham kicks off 2020 craft brewery campaign

For his work to regulate one precious liquid, U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham will be honored with another.

Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island plans to unveil a specialty brew in honor of the Democratic congressman from Charleston, whose offshore drilling ban legislation, H.R. 1941, was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill seeks to ban the search for oil and gas off the country’s coastline.

October 15th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Raises More Than $528,000 in Q3 Without a Dime of PAC Money

With a third quarter haul of more than $528,000, Congressman Joe Cunningham has raised approximately $2 million towards his re-election bid for South Carolina’s First Congressional District -- all without taking a single dime from PACs or special interests. 


Cunningham raised $528,862 in the third quarter of 2019, bringing his overall haul to $1.9 million since being elected last November. The Cunningham campaign has $1.3 million cash on hand and Cunningham is set to eclipse his entire 2018 fundraising total of $2.3 million. 

August 27th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Recognized as One of the Most Bipartisan Members of Congress

Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-01) is one of the most bipartisan Democrats in Congress and the most bipartisan Democratic freshman in Congress, according to a new report from Quorum Analytics reviewing the first seven months of the 116th Congress.


“Joe promised to put Lowcountry over party when he ran for Congress, and now he’s walking the walk,” said Cunningham Campaign Manager Allie Watters. “Not enough elected officials keep their promises, but Joe is proving he’s different.”

August 1st, 2019 - Joe Cunningham's First Big Test in Congress Could Save America's Oceans

Now, Cunningham is working hard to keep that promise with H.R. 1941, a bill titled the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act. It’s out of the Natural Resources Committee and will be voted on by the House when it returns from recess the week of September 9. 

If passed, offshore drilling will be banned along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. It’s also co-sponsored by 51 additional representatives, including Francis Rooney, a Floridian Republican.

July 9th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Raises $1.3 Million in First Six Months of 2019 Without a Single Dime of PAC Money

Cunningham already has $1 million cash-on-hand for 2020 re-election.


South Carolina Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-1) announced his campaign raised more than $615,000 in the second quarter of 2019, giving him roughly $1 million cash on hand. In total, Cunningham has raised more than $1.3 million since his election in November of 2018 without taking a dime from special interest PAC money.

June 10, 2019 - Congressman Joe Cunningham Receives Endorsement from League of Conservation Voters

Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-1) was endorsed today by the leading environmental advocacy organization in the country, the League of Conservation Voters. The endorsement is another sign of how effective Cunningham has been since taking office on issues related to protecting the Lowcountry coastline and economy.

May 14, 2019 - Summerville residents have coffee talk with Rep. Cunningham

While most of the Congressman’s time is spent working in Washington, D.C., or at his Mt. Pleasant office, he takes time on days off to engage with people in various areas across his district, which spans five counties. According to Cunningham, it’s easy to “get stuck in that D.C. bubble,” but meeting with constituents and discussing their concerns is one way for him to refocus on the Lowcountry.

April 17, 2019 - Publix PAC tried to give SC’s Joe Cunningham $1,000. He rejected it.

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham campaigned on a promise to reject corporate political action committee money, pledging not to take “one dime from any PACs or special interest groups.”

Even so, that didn’t stop the PAC for Publix supermarkets from trying to give Charleston’s congressman $1,000 on the final day of the fundraising quarter.

Cunningham’s campaign sent it back.

March 25, 2019 - Dems give vulnerable Joe Cunningham a gift: A chance to deliver a top campaign pledge​

Cunningham has been picked to be the lead sponsor of the offshore drilling ban proposal that House Democrats have committed to advancing in the months ahead. He was chosen among a number of other colleagues who also have expressed an interest in promoting legislation to prohibit the practice.

January 13, 2019 - An Ocean Engineer and a Nuclear Physicist Walk Into Congress …

“This could be the reality here, of oil rigs and oil spills off the beach,” Mr. Cunningham said. “An oil spill could just decimate the area, and all of a sudden instead of people coming to Charleston, South Carolina, they high-tail it down to Florida or somewhere else.”

September 15th, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham, Problem Solvers Caucus working towards bipartisan COVID-19 legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCBD) – Representative Joe Cunningham and the Problem Solvers Caucus on Tuesday introduced bipartisan, bicameral framework to streamline negotiations regarding a COVID-19 relief package. 

The ‘March to Common Ground’ framework is designed to “help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table.” 

The framework proposes a six-month timeline, “except for state and local funding, which extends for a full year.”

September 13th, 2020 - SC 1st Congressional District: Cunningham and Mace differ on climate change science and views

President Donald Trump issued an oil drilling moratorium for the Southeast coast last week, which became a major turning point in South Carolina’s worries about oil interests having an impact on the Lowcountry. 

The two major candidates in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District race — Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham and Republican challenger state Rep. Nancy Mace of Daniel Island — both praised the measure, but differed on praising the president.

September 2nd, 2020 - Joe Cunningham co-authors bipartisan legislation to extend VA Care hours

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Representative Joe Cunningham on Wednesday introduced the VA Expanded Care Hours (ECHO) Act, along with Republican Representative Jim Banks of Indiana. The bipartisan legislation aims to provide veterans with more access to care. 

If approved, “the VA ECHO Act would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to study the attitudes of eligible veterans toward the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offering appointments outside the usual operating hours.”

August 21st, 2020 - SC veterans rely on postal service for medications by mail, causing worry about delays

Robert Coleman is used to waiting for mail. But the Marine Corps veteran and James Island resident said he wasn’t expecting the refill for his arthritis prescription to be held up for so long, especially because he ordered it “about a month ago.” 

Other veterans in the Lowcountry have passed their concerns on to the office of U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, a Charleston Democrat who is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

August 20th, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham says attacks on USPS are for "political purposes"

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — The postmaster general is suspending changes at the U.S. Postal Service until after the 2020 election.


Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, said that he made the decision in order to "avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail."

August 11th, 2020 - Commentary: How 3 SC congressmen are working to get US fiscal house in order

In 2014, I was asked by a student at a local university what kept me up at night leading Michelin in North America. After confirming that I slept well, thanks to our global enterprise risk management process, I pointed out two major problems that students should be concerned about as they look to the future.

August 7th, 2020 - Rep. Joe Cunningham issues statement on eviction crisis

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) - Rep. Joe Cunningham and Housing For All-Mount Pleasant released a statement on an eviction crisis that is impacting people around the country. 

Due to a continued economic fallout from the pandemic, 43% of renter households in South Carolina are unable to pay their rent in August.


The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act on June 29 by a vote of 232-180. However, since that time, the Senate has not brought it to the floor for a vote.

July 24th, 2020 - Health care benefits could be coming to National Guard personnel responding to pandemic

Six months of premium-free health care benefits could be available to more than 45,000 National Guard service members activated nationwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Both the House and Senate this week approved a measure that would extend 180 days of military health insurance coverage to National Guard personnel mobilized in response to COVID-19.

July 20th, 2020 - 'What we are doing clearly isn't working', Cunningham wants McMaster to change COVID plan

Representative Joe Cunningham is calling on Governor Henry McMaster to change the state's strategy for combating COVID-19.

Seeking a new plan, on Monday, the representative cited rising numbers of coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations over the past several weeks in the Palmetto State.

“What we are doing clearly isn’t working,” said Rep. Cunningham. 

July 15th, 2020 - Grandson of WW2 Hero George Patton 'Never Voted for a Democrat' - Until Now

The grandson of the World War II legend Gen. George S. Patton has said he will vote for a Democrat for the first time ever by giving his endorsement to South Carolina representative Joe Cunningham.

A campaign video features George Patton "Pat" Waters, praising Cunningham's support for veterans, which will give a boost to his bid to retain the 1st congressional district, where he faces a tough challenge from South Carolina State Representative Nancy Mace, according to the The Post and Courier.

July 15th, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham criticizes Gov. McMaster for overriding teachers on school reopening

In a series of tweets, Rep. Joe Cunningham went against Gov. Henry McMaster's recommendation of reopening schools for the upcoming year.

Cunningham said he felt McMaster went above teachers, parents and health professionals and called it "politically-motivated decisions."

July 14th, 2020 - America's great outdoors is showing its age. Congress is proposing a facelift.

Every 30 seconds in America, bulldozers pave over a green area the size of a football field. In the nation’s century-old parks system, there’s not enough money to fix crumbling roads, hiking trails and even restrooms, let alone preserve millions of acres of land.

The House is expected to approve a plan next week to invest nearly $2 billion per year to restore national parks, conserve land to ward off the impacts of climate change, and put parks and playgrounds in urban areas that sorely need them.

July 7th, 2020 - Cunningham rakes in $862k in second quarter fundraising for SC-1 race

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham brought in more than $862,000 during the second quarter of the year in his bid to hold on to the state’s coastal congressional district, his campaign reported.

The fundraising quarter brings his total to nearly $4.4 million for this election cycle and his cash on hand to $3 million. The campaign touted how no money in the second quarter of the year came from political action committees.

Cunningham raised $2.3 million in the 2018 cycle when he won the Lowcountry seat that previously had been held by Republicans since the 1980s.

June 24th, 2020 - Cunningham calls for temporary statewide mask requirement

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Rep. Joe Cunningham is calling for a temporary statewide mask requirement for South Carolina.

Cunningham said the state can’t afford another shutdown, and he wants businesses to stay open, schools to reopen, and people to stay safe, but wants to get COVID-19 cases under control and slow the spread.

“It’s time for a temporary statewide mask requirement,” Cunningham said in a tweet Wednesday night.

The latest numbers released on Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Health and Environmental Control shows 1,291 new cases of COVID-19 which is a new record for the state. Charleston County had the third highest number of new cases reported with 175 new cases.

Local leaders are expected to consider ordinances requiring people to wear face masks in their municipalities.

June 10th, 2020 - Cunningham wins bipartisanship award from US Chamber of Commerce

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) - Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) has been recognized for his attempts to work across the aisle.

On Wednesday, the congressman said he had received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Jefferson – Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship.

Cunningham was among 20 House winners of the inaugural award.

“I promised to put Lowcountry over party because I recognized that government works best when both sides can come to the table and work together,” Cunningham said. “South Carolinians deserve real results, which is why I’ve worked across the aisle to ban offshore drilling, help our veterans, and protect our Lowcountry way of life. As we continue to tackle this unprecedented public health and economic crisis, we need to advance bipartisan solutions that solve the serious problems we are facing.”

May 22nd, 2020 - Rep. Cunningham submits bill to provide healthcare benefits to SC National Guard members

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — Reps. Joe Cunningham and Steven Palazzo (R-MS) introduced bi-partisan legislation that would provide healthcare benefits to National Guard members serving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the bill, National Guard service members serving on federal orders have transitional healthcare coverage after they serve for six months, but the state service members currently activated during the COVID-19 pandemic are not eligible for healthcare benefits.

This bill, called The Support Our National Guard Act, is trying to fix that oversight.

May 14th, 2020 - Joe Cunningham ranked most bipartisan freshman House member

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Representative Joe Cunningham (D) was ranked by the Lugar Center as the most bipartisan freshman Representative, and one of the most bipartisan members of Congress overall.

The rankings were based on “how often each Member of Congress works across party lines,” according to the Lugar Center.

Cunningham has introduced multiple pieces of bipartisan legislation, including the VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, the VA Community Infrastructure Act, the CLAY Act, the Keeping Our Promises Act, the VA Emergency Transportation Act, and the Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019.

April 30th, 2020 - Kiawah Island Community Association returns $1 million loan after Cunningham's statement

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — Earlier Thursday morning, representative Joe Cunningham released a statement calling out the Kiawah Island Community Association for taking a $1 million loan from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Now on Thursday late afternoon, the association has returned the money back.

“I’m glad to see Kiawah Island Community Association do the right thing and return the $1 million PPP loan they received," Cunningham said.

April 2nd, 2020 - Eleven hikers back in Charleston after congressman gets them chartered flight out of Peru

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Eleven hikers are now back home in Charleston after being stuck in Peru for weeks after the country’s borders closed with only a 24-hour notice.

“The vacation had been planned for a year, but it quickly turned into something else," hiker Candace Kaiser said. "It turned into how do we get out of this country, how do we stay safe, and how can we stay together? That was a big thing. All eleven of us needed to stay together.”

March 25, 2020 - South Carolina congressman advocates for small business while in isolation, supports stimulus

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – Representative Joe Cunningham has been working from home the last two weeks but not necessarily by choice. He was exposed to the coronavirus and has been in isolation.

“I feel great, I don’t have any symptoms and you know this quarantine period will be coming to an end here soon,” he told News 3 via Skype. “This was done out of an abundance of caution.”

Cunningham says his isolation may end by Friday. Meanwhile, he’s been hearing from dozens and dozens of small business owners.

March 19th, 2020 - Cunningham asks Congress to protect restaurant, tourism workers in COVID-19 relief

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Congressman Joe Cunningham called out lawmakers in Washington, D.C. on Monday to pass the stimulus package.

"These political soundbites shouldn’t be in the bill, we should just get down to what helps people who are suffering the most," Rep. Cunningham said.

He added he's going to bat for the tourism and food and beverage industries, the types of businesses he said make up the Lowcountry.

February 27th, 2020 Congressman Joe Cunningham invites President Donald Trump to tour SC coastline

Congressman Joe Cunningham is inviting President Donald Trump to tour the South Carolina coastline in an effort to drum up talk about offshore drilling.

“Not only does offshore drilling and seismic testing put the health of our ocean and our coastal economy at risk, it is a massive gamble on a future of dirty and dangerous oil exploration that the people of the Lowcountry overwhelmingly oppose," Cunningham said in a letter to Trump.

February 3rd, 2020 - Cunningham's State of the Union guest spotlights parental rights issues

Representative Joe Cunningham announced he will be bringing a federal worker as his guest to the State of the Union on Tuesday to shed light on the importance of parental leave.

According to Cunningham's team, the guest will be Alison Martin, a pharmacist at the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center. Cunningham says Martin had to use her paid time off and sick leave that had been accrued for years for her maternity leave.

November, 2019 - Meet Congressman Joe Cunningham

It’s not unusual to run into someone I know when I’m back in Charleston, but when the man who had been following his toddler through the refrigerated aisle at Harris Teeter picked up the boy and waved at me, it took me a second to place him. The only other time we’d met, I was the one trying to keep up with him as we walked from his office to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. “Hi Joe,” I said, waving back.

These days, Congressman Joe Cunningham is always in motion. When he’s not walking back and forth between his office and the Capitol building for votes, or running off to his committee assignments for hearings and then back to his office again to meet with constituents, he’s flying home to Charleston every weekend to be with his wife, Amanda, and their young son, Boone.

November 7th, 2019 - A healthy ocean in 2050? We need to act now. 

The ocean is the lifeblood of our planet. It covers three quarters of the globe, produces more than half our oxygen, supports a wide range of marine fisheries that feed the planet, and absorbs 30 percent of the carbon dioxide we emit and 90 percent of the heat caused by those emissions. 

In short, the ocean plays a critical role in our lives and livelihoods. And it's just as critical that we do everything we can to protect it.

September 11th, 2019 - SC’s Joe Cunningham scores big win in House vote to ban offshore drilling

When Joe Cunningham returns home to his South Carolina district, he can say he convinced a majority of the U.S. House to go on the record in support of banning offshore drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

This was a 2018 campaign promise on which the Democratic congressman has now delivered — at least the part over which he has some control.

August 23rd, 2019 - The top 10 House races of 2020

Rep. Joe Cunningham (D) became the first Democrat to win this Charleston district in nearly 30 years by running on local issues. Also helpful to him was a nasty Republican primary in which, after a tweet from Trump, GOP voters ousted Rep. Mark Sanford in favor of a more pro-Trump choice.


Republicans are excited about two Republicans running, state Rep. Nancy Mace and a local councilwoman, Kathy Landing. Trump won this district by 13 points, but like all the Democrats on this list, Cunningham is doing what he needs to make it a fight for Republicans. He has raised $1.3 million so far.

August 27th, 2019 - Joe Cunningham Names Allie Watters Campaign Manager for 2020 Re-Election Campaign

Congressman Joe Cunningham has named current Finance Director and College of Charleston Alumna Allie Watters as Campaign Manager for the 2020 campaign cycle. 

July 10th, 2019 - SC Democrat who flipped US House seat has $1M in the bank for 2020 re-election

Vulnerable freshman Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham of Charleston raised more than $615,000 in the second quarter of 2019 in his campaign to hold on to his coastal congressional seat. 

Cunningham’s campaign announced this week having more than $980,000 cash on hand. Detailed campaign finance reports are due Monday.

All told, Cunningham’s campaign announced it had raised nearly $1.4 million from more than 2,500 donors since he pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2018 election, reclaiming a seat that had been held by Republicans since 1981.

June 12th, 2019 - Newer Democrats Oppose Plan To Give Lawmakers A Raise

Democrats had support from Republican leaders and many of their own members, but the issue threatened to alienate newer Democrats like Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., who do not want to be seen voting to give themselves a raise.

"The people of the Lowcountry sent me to Congress to ban offshore drilling, help our veterans, and get things done for the 1st District," Cunningham said. "One thing they didn't send me up here to do is raise my own salary."

Cunningham is one of many new members who helped convince leadership to hold off on the bill.

May 31, 2019 - Freshman Democrats From Trump Country Plot Their 2020 Survival

In South Carolina, Mr. Cunningham’s central issue has been banning offshore drilling, a move that won him favor with Republican mayors in his district who opposed Mr. Trump’s call for expansion of drilling. The Trump administration’s plan has since been sidelined, but Mr. Cunningham, a 37-year-old former ocean engineer, still plans to push for a full ban. ‘We’re fighting it on all fronts,’ through courts, legislation and social media, he said. Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll, a Republican, said he is a fan. ‘Hopefully Congressman Cunningham is the future of Washington,’ he said. ‘I support him 100%.

May 24, 2019 - Spoleto Festival USA 2019 kicks off with a call to embrace the arts from Joe Cunningham

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham approached the podium to a good deal of cheering and applause, perhaps for his politics, or maybe just for the hint of something new that he brings to the table as the area's first Democratic representative since the '80s.

April 14, 2019 - Stop offshore oil any way we can | Editorial

Fortunately, Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., upheld a central campaign promise by introducing a bill in March that would permanently close Atlantic waters to offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration.

March 7, 2019 - A Trump official said seismic air gun tests don’t hurt whales. So a congressman blasted him with an air horn.

A hearing on the threat seismic testing poses to North Atlantic right whales was plodding along Thursday when, seemingly out of nowhere, Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) pulled out an air horn and politely asked if he could blast it.

January 8, 2019 - Amid shutdown, U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham promises to file bill banning offshore drilling

South Carolina’s new Democratic congressman on Tuesday unveiled his plans for keeping offshore drilling and seismic testing blasts away from the state’s coastline with a bill that would ban such action for 10 years.


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