Josiah Magnuson is an educator and electrical repairman from Campobello, South Carolina.
Born in Greenville as the son of a Baptist pastor, Josiah's family moved several times as God opened ministry opportunities.
Homeschooled through his sophomore year, Josiah graduated from Kingsway
Christian School in Orrville, Ohio in 2010. But he couldn't stay away from the South. Josiah settled back in the Upcountry following his graduation, studying for two years with Oak Brook
College of Law. As Providence directed, Josiah received an opportunity to train in electric work. He currently works as a project manager installing solar power systems.
Though he's not an attorney and doesn't consider himself a politician, Josiah has long been active in the political process. As a teen, he was motivated by the writings of Thomas Jefferson in the 1798 Kentucky Resolutions, in which Jefferson explained that "the several states are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government." Josiah became an avid researcher of history and often tuned in to conservative talk radio. In 2004, the Greenville News published his first letter to the editor, on the danger posed by illegal immigration and the need to secure the border.
In 2007, Josiah founded Soldiers of Biblical Reformation (SBR), a nondenominational Christian group bringing families together to uphold God's design in all of life, including the realm of civil government. Josiah believes that our faith should be bigger than Sunday morning. Through mentorship, training events, service, and outreach trips, Soldiers of Biblical Reformation equips young people to be a light in the community and the culture.
Josiah has also taught a number of classes independently, including elementary science, high-school American History, and the U.S. Constitution for all ages.
From 2012 to 2017, Josiah served as
director of Americans for Constitutional Government (ACG). Founded in
1962, ACG is the longest-running conservative action group in the
Upcountry. ACG meets monthly with educational speakers, hosts two annual banquets, and engages in a variety of action projects. In this capacity, Josiah organized multiple bus trips to Columbia to assist citizens in meeting and influencing their representatives.
2015, Josiah along with SC Rep. Jonathon Hill (R-Anderson County) founded The Virtue Solution Project, an effort to restore the fabric of America from the ground up. Josiah believes the future of liberty rests on the moral courage to do right,
community self-sufficiency, and love for our neighbors. When we depend on God and each other we don't have to depend on big government. This project aims to put into practice an outline the Founders gave us for how to preserve liberty.
Josiah sees the vision of America's Founders as the right course for our country. This vision requires limits on government. As your state representative, Josiah works to utilize the Tenth Amendment to limit rising Federal overreach.
Prior to his election, Josiah had already worked in several major volunteer efforts at the state legislature, including:
1. Rejection of Federal REAL-ID (2007). Our state refused by law to implement this privacy-invading national identification card system. South Carolina joined 16 other states in passing a resistance statute. Together, we kept the national ID agenda from moving forward. Unfortunately, this statute was repealed this past year and South Carolina has begun implementing REAL-ID.
2. Sound money (2011). To help insulate against another economic crisis, this bill would have allowed the payment of debts in intrinsically valuable gold and silver U.S. coin. Though the provision is ignored today like much of the U.S. Constitution, this is constitutionally mandated on the states in Article I, Section 10.
3. Stop Obamacare (2013-2015). The "Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare) is really about placing direct Federal government control over our families. Though the legislation failed on a technicality in the Senate, it would have prohibited state employees from assisting in the adoption of Obamacare, and would have refused Federal funds connected to this unconstitutional program.
4. Marriage between a man and a woman (2015). The U.S. Constitution has nothing to say about marriage. Under the Tenth Amendment, South Carolina retains the right to recognize marriage as defined by the Creator. This bill would use the power of the legislature under the state constitution to remove state judges from office if they do not rule in keeping with the law.
5. And more - including homeschool freedom, pro-life Personhood legislation, NO gas tax hike, etc.
As your representative, Josiah Magnuson fights for your values. He is a voice of courage in Columbia, and you can be confident in his record of leadership. If you have any questions, feel free to call him at 864-420-7933.
Paid for by Magnuson for House 2018, P.O. Box 206, Campobello SC 29322