State senator injured during National Guard deployment

Published: Aug. 2, 2023 at 11:01 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2023 at 2:05 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A South Carolina state senator was injured during his National Guard deployment in Africa, a National Guard spokesperson said.

Sen. Stephen Goldfinch (R-Georgetown) suffered a non-combat, non-life-threatening injury during his deployment with the South Carolina National Guard in Africa, Maj. Karla Evans said.

Goldfinch serves as a captain.

Evans said the incident happened Tuesday and no one else was injured. Evans said she was unable to confirm any information on any procedures scheduled for Goldfinch, citing HIPAA laws.

Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters he spoke with Goldfinch by telephone Wednesday morning.

“He’s going to have some surgery, and he’s doing OK, he’s in good spirits,” McMaster said, adding that any details on the nature of his injury should come from the National Guard.

Goldfinch represents District 34 which contains portions of Georgetown, Charleston and Horry counties. He served as a state representative from 2013-2016 before serving in the Senate.