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South Carolina Political Collections supports the study of contemporary government and society by collecting and making available archival materials and oral histories documenting South Carolina government and political activities at the local, state, and national levels, primarily since World War II, and by providing relevant programming for scholars, students, and the public.

Our collections include manuscripts, electronic records, and audiovisual materials documenting the activities of South Carolina’s leaders in Congress and the General Assembly, the state’s political parties, and other individuals and organizations playing substantive roles in politics and government.

PLEASE NOTE: All of our collections are closed to research until their arrangement and description have been completed.

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Gunn, Anton J. (b. 1973)

Currently closed.  Former Gamecock football player Anton J. Gunn was the political director for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential primary campaign in South Carolina, and he served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.  Gunn was head of the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and he played a role in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”  In January 2014, he stepped down to return to the private sector as a consultant, health care entrepreneur and professional speaker.  In January 2015, Gunn became Executive Director of Community Health Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina.