Student, Clemson U., 1976-1978; Bachelor, University of Southern California, 1979; Juris Doctor, University of Southern California.
Member District 56 South Carolina House Representatives, 1979-1992, majority leader, 1987, member joint legislation committee on education, vice chairman joint legislation committee on children, 1987-1988. Attorney, 1992-1994; governor State of South Carolina, 1995—1999. Fellow Institute Politics Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 1999.
Principal Bingham Consultant Group, 1999—2001. Partner Beasley, Ervin & Warr. Chairman National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services, since 2001.
Chairman board Center for Global Strategies, Ltd., since 2005.
Board directors School Ministries.
Married Mary Wood Payne. Children: Mary Hunter, Sarah Catherine, David Junior, Samuel Ross.