Richard Cash is not a typical political candidate. His life experiences include being a husband of 28 years, a proud father, a corporate computer analyst, a full time pro-life missionary, a volunteer youth coach and athletic director, and the founder and owner of two small businesses. A staunch conservative all of his life, Richard entered the sphere of politics in the 2010 election cycle, when he was one of eight Republican candidates who entered the race for Gresham Barrett’s vacant congressional seat. As a political outsider, Richard shocked a field of better funded candidates. During the course of a 14 month campaign, Richard developed an enthusiastic grass roots organization that drove him to the forefront of the race. After winning the original primary vote, Richard narrowly lost a run-off to Rep. Jeff Duncan, who has gone on to represent the third district admirably in Washington. Richard’s life experiences and his uniquely passionate message have prepared him to enter the sphere of politics once again.
Born in 1960 to Tom and Audrey Cash, Richard learned from his parents at a young age the values of a generation that endured the Great Depression, served in WWII, and built modern America. The youngest of four children, Richard’s family moved around the Southeast, including a three year stay in Columbia, before settling in Jacksonville, Florida as they followed the demands of Tom’s career as a railroad executive. After graduating from high school, Richard moved back to South Carolina as a student at Furman University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. Richard worked in Greenville as a computer analyst and programmer for five years after graduating. It was during this time that he met Marcia Williams. The two were married within a year of meeting.
In 1987, Richard moved to Boston and earned his Master’s in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The next seven years of Richard’s life were consumed serving as a pro-life missionary in the Upstate of South Carolina. As the administrator of a ministry called Pastors for Life, Richard organized volunteers, planned rallies, and coordinated pro-life activity throughout the Upstate.
In the past fourteen years, Richard has built two small businesses from the ground up. He owns and manages a fleet of neighborhood ice cream trucks, as well as a pre-owned vehicle business. Richard’s experience as an entrepreneur has given him an economic perspective that is shared by few in Washington, DC.
Richard and his wife Marcia have been married for 28 years, and have 8 children. Members of Christ Church, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Richard and his family reside in Anderson County, where they homeschool their 4 children who remain at home. His oldest daughter, who graduated from USC, is a nurse, and his oldest son is studying civil engineering at Clemson University. He also has two children enrolled at Anderson University. Richard actively avoids the politics of South Carolina football loyalties, claiming both South Carolina and Clemson through his children, as well as Furman and the University of Georgia, where Marcia graduated with a degree in Business Systems. Richard and his family enjoy competitive sports, cooking out, boating in the beautiful lakes of the Upstate, and family walks together.