Daniel turnipseed brings with him an eclectic professional and educational background. He holds both a Bachelor of Science from Holmes Community College and Master of Business Administration degrees from Mississippi State University; additionally, he has completed courses on management and leadership.
He has held various roles at several companies including BD and GE Energy and has extensive knowledge in supply chain planning.
Early Life and Education
Turnipseed has long been involved in South Carolina’s civil rights movement. He has written extensively on civil rights and social justice matters. Furthermore, he hosts a radio program where he and guests discuss politics and current events.
He served as national campaign director for George Wallace’s 1968 Presidential bid, which was an extraordinary success. After this role he went on to practice law in Columbia, South Carolina.
In his later years, he focused on helping homeless individuals and fighting the issue of toxic waste dumps. Additionally, he has become involved with food banks and organizations which promote civil rights.
He has published multiple books, such as “The Rebirth of Martin Luther King” and “Renewing the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King”. Additionally, his essays have appeared in a range of publications such as Cast a Cold Eye” and Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a truck driver, receiving numerous decorations including the GC Ribbon, ETO Ribbon, ATOR President Citation and Battle Star awards. Later he founded Turnipseede Refrigeration Company of Waco to offer sales and service of new and refurbished commercial refrigeration equipment.
He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Holmes Community College and a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi State University, giving him extensive experience in business development, planning, and budgeting.
Turnipseed has also been very active in his community and serves on the boards of Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Texas State Historical Society and Aliceville Museum. Additionally, he was previously president of Waco Rotary Club and former president of Texas State Historical Society Foundation.
Achievement and Honors
Turnipseed was honored with being named to Arizona State University’s Dean’s List after attaining a 3.70 grade point average during fall 2013.
He has earned membership into both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Tau Omega honor societies of his school, writing essays that have appeared in books such as Cast A Cold Eye and Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students.
Personal Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Kara Turnipseed; sons Daniel and Andrew Turnipseed; daughter-in-law Sherri Turnipseed; grandchildren Nick Hatcher, Suzanne Hatcher, Jacob Monzel, Daniel Turnipseed Keaton Turnipseed Claire Turnipseed as well as Tucker the cat (predeceased parents, sister and brother-in-law); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Turnipseed was an outspoken advocate of civil rights, social justice and environmentalism. He served on the boards of directors of South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association and Center for Democratic Renewal (formerly National Anti-Klan Network). Furthermore, he served as co-counsel with Macedonia Baptist Church of Clarendon County South Carolina to sue Ku Klux Klan after it burned their building down.
He ran for office several times, unsuccessfully running for State Attorney General in 1974 and Governor in 1998. While campaigning extensively to increase awareness on various issues, his campaigns received wide coverage in media.
Atwater launched an aggressive smear campaign against Turnipseed during his 1980 congressional bid, and prominently featured Turnipseed’s treatment with electroshock therapy as a teenager as part of her argument against him.
Turnipseed’s net worth is estimated in the millions. He currently works as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc and boasts 3 years of experience within this field. Furthermore, he holds both Series 63 and 66 licenses allowing him to represent clients.
He possesses an array of experience, having served on numerous boards of directors and championing several causes. Additionally, he is well known in his community and for helping many homeless individuals.
He has also published numerous political pieces in newspapers, covering issues of race, the environment and poverty. Additionally, he has appeared as a guest on numerous talk shows and radio programs while hosting multiple comedy fundraising events.