Joshua is the oldest of eight and was born in Greenville, SC to Laura and William Putnam. Joshua’s family was loving and hard-working, but was neither politically connected nor economically privileged. While his father worked diligently, many times at two or three jobs in order to provide for the family’s needs, his mother had quite the challenge managing such a life-filled home. As the eldest, Putnam recognized early how policy decisions impact working families on the ground level. These early observations have influenced how Joshua operates and manages the small business he founded. They also governed his desire to direct policy itself, representing the citizens of District 10 in the South Carolina State House.
Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. While studying, he managed to run for the House seat he currently holds. Losing by only 131 votes to a 20-year incumbent, his resolve grew. When that same seat opened nearly a year later, Putnam bested his four opponents in the eventual election. Now, running for Secretary of State, Putnam will not seek re-election to his House seat. This decision arose from his belief in term limits, which he seeks to model personally.
Joshua and his wife Holly make their home in Powdersville, along with their three energetic children, Asher (3), Abram (2), and Anniston (6 months). Joshua and Holly will celebrate five years of marriage in October of 2018. They attend Grace Church Powdersville and remain active in their community.
Putnam’s Political Bio:
“I have always viewed my service as an honor to have the opportunity to be the voice of so many. Elected office should always be viewed as the “People’s” seat and not as one’s own. I personally believe in term limits. That is why I choose to not seek re-election to the House while campaigning for Secretary of State. I believe one should serve with energy and passion and once one has made a difference within that role, he should look for other ways to make a difference in other areas. It is important for me to always remember that I serve the public and my service is not for the advancement of my own personal ambition.”
Putnam serves on the House Education and Public Works Committee where he Chairs the Sub-committee on Public Safety. Joshua has also served as the Chairman of the Executive Sub-committee within the House Legislative Oversight Committee, a post he gave up in order to run for Secretary of State. Putnam has received countless legislative awards during his time in the house, including but not limited to SC Club for Growth Taxpayer Hero award, The Sword and Mace award from BIPEC, and 100% Business Advocate Award.
Voting is one of the most important responsibilities a Representative has. However, many of the important decisions are made within committees and conversations leading up to floor votes. For Putnam, “It has been an honor to be a part of these important conversations within our State”. Over the last several years, Putnam has led on many prominent issues that our state has faced and has co-sponsored an impressive number of bills.
Bills that Putnam drafted and have become law:
- H. 4521 Tucker Hipps Transparency Act (reporting hazing at public colleges and universities)
- H. 4546 Definitions in Children’s Code (improving Foster Care)
- H. 3706 Emergency Anaphylaxis Treatment Act (access to EpiPen in schools bill)
- H. 3725 Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (save) Act (allows access to EpiPen’s)
- H. 4840 High School Equivalency Diploma Accessibility Act (increase access to higher education)
Putnam has been recognized for his astonishing conservative voting record within the House and his ability to help lead on limited-government principles.