South Carolina lawmakers Sen. Raymond Cleary and Rep. Gary Clary have announced their endorsement of Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president.
Both will serve as state co-chairs of Kasich for America's South Carolina team.
Sen. Cleary has served in the South Carolina Senate since he was first elected in 2005, representing the 34th Senate District, which includes Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties.
He is a dentist who maintains a practice in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
“John Kasich’s resume and experience are precisely tailored to fixing our nation’s most pressing problems and are unmatched by any other candidate in this race," Cleary said.
Clary served as Seat 5 Circuit Judge at Large, and for the past decade as a certified mediator and arbitrator. In 2014, Clary was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and represents the citizens of western Pickens County.
"Under Gov. John Kasich, Ohio has created more than 347,000 private sector jobs after the previous administration lost more than 350,000," Clary said. "He turned an $8 billion projected budget deficit into a $2 billion surplus."
Kasich expressed optimism about his campaign gaining steam in the South.
“I am thrilled with the team that is coming together in South Carolina," he said. "Our South Carolina Team continues to strengthen and grow, and I know we are going to be successful there.”
John Kasich has been the governor of Ohio since Jan. 2011. Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, in 1952, Kasich previously served as member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio's 12th district from 1983 to 2001. Kasich was educated at The Ohio State University and is married to Karen Waldbillig.