Representative Michael Pitts is a retired Greenville, SC police officer who currently serves as secretary of the Ethics Committee and Second Vice-Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and formerly served as Chair of the Game and Forestry Committee, in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
A former NASC President, Representative Pitts was one of the founding members of the South Carolina Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2005 and first joined the NASC Executive Council in 2007. The South Carolina Sportsmen’s Caucus is one of only five officially recognized caucuses in the state, and, under his leadership, the bipartisan and bicameral Caucus has continually been the largest Caucus in the South Carolina Statehouse providing a strong advocate for sportsmen and women in Columbia. Additionally as NASC president and executive council member, he has provided invaluable service the NASC program over its first 10 years.
In 2006, Representative Pitts received the prestigious Brad Rowse Award from NASC which is given to an individual who best exemplifies CSF’s and Brad Rowse’s core values and dedication to sportsmen’s issues, and who has either advanced sportsmen’s issues or has facilitated their expansion in a significant way. Additionally, in 2009 he received the Safari Club International State Legislator of the Year award, and he is also a past recipient of the NRA’s Defender of Freedom award. Over his legislative career, Representative Pitts has been steadfast in his commitment to promoting hunting and angling as well as introducing legislators and youth to the outdoors.
He is a lifelong sportsman and a life member of the National Rifle Association, member of the North American Hunting Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Gun Owners of South Carolina.
“The opportunity to ensure South Carolina’s rich hunting and angling heritage is promoted through pro-sportsmen legislation and protected against anti-hunting efforts has been a highlight of my legislative career. Working with the South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and NASC over the past decade has furthered my belief in the importance of these timeless traditions and the many and varied benefits they provide to the general public. “
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.01%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (13.52%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (62.26%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.21%)