South Carolina State Rep. Katie Arrington dazed the “politicians ” when she beat incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in her quest for the U.S. House in June.
Shortly after her June 12 win, Arrington was involved in a serious vehicle coincidence that left one lady dead. Arrington, 47, and the woman who was in the vehicle with her sustained serious injuries.
After several weeks in research hospitals, Arrington announced on July 6 she is leaving the hospital, though she still has a long superhighway ahead of her toward recovery.
Read on for a look at three things to know about the congressional hopeful.
She was endorsed by Trump
Arrington challenged incumbent Sanford in the South Carolina Republican primary in June. Sanford, who used to be the Palmetto State’s governor, was critical of President Trump.
“Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my expedition to[ represent America great again ], ” Trump said in a tweet on the day of the primary elections. “He is MIA and nothing but disturbance. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a commonwealth I adore. She is tough on misdemeanour and will continue our fight to lower taxes.”
Trump’s Argentina comment was in reference to Sanford’s notorious thing while in bureau. In June 2009, Sanford disappeared for a few daylights, and it was later revealed he had been with his mistress in Argentina.
Sanford left the statehouse and later won his congressional seat in 2013.
She’s a political newcomer
Arrington has dished as a state congressman simply since 2017. She represents the 94 th congressional territory, which includes Charleston and Dorchester Counties in the lowcountry.
As a regime congressman, Arrington sits on the Judicial Oversight and Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs committees.
Prior to her time in bureau, Arrington toiled as an executive with military protection contractors, according to her campaign website. In her toil, she “helped lower costs while ensuring our nation’s military has the tools they need, ” her website states.
She was seriously injured in a car accident
Arrington was seriously injured in a car accident on June 22 after a vehicle she was traveling in was struck by a wrong-way auto. A acquaintance who was also in the car was seriously injured as well. The operator in the other vehicle was killed.
Arrington sustained various ruined ribs and a rupture in her back. She too had to undergo multiple surgeries, including the removal of a portion of her colon and her small intestine, according to her campaign.
More than a few weeks after the accident, Arrington shared a photo of herself in the hospital along with a word of thanks to those who have prayed for her recovery.
At a later press conference, she carried her condolences to the family of the other operator, 69 -year-old Helen White. She also said she credited their own lives to God and Jacqueline Goff, who was in the car with her.
Democratic nominee Joe Cunningham suspended campaigning for a few periods following the gate-crash and pleased Arrington a full recovery.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .