David Rudnick, a Pennsylvanian by birth and raised in a minority-majority small town in South Carolina, is proud to carry on a long family tradition of service to the local community and to the nation. Ideals which were instilled in him by his mother a lifelong children’s Church director and missionary as well as his father who was a veteran and also, assisted with various functions within the Church as a Deacon. In addition, David Rudnick also comes from a long and proud line of veterans on both sides of his family with a storied history on his father’s side that dates back to defending the Union at the height of the Civil War and also, the nation’s founding at the start of The American Revolution.
Rudnick’s own journey into politics began in 1999 at the age of 15 lobbying political and religious leaders against the passage of China’s status to PNTR (Permanent Normal Trade Relations). David recognized even at a young age China’s horrendous human rights abuses as well as their unfair trade practices. Unfortunately, PNTR with China would later pass the Congress and become law leading Rudnick to volunteer for his first political campaigns against those who had supported PNTR- both Democrat and Republican.
A few months later Rudnick decided to volunteer with Sen. John McCain’s first Presidential Campaign in 2000 eventually working his way up to being appointed Deputy Director of Cherokee County in South Carolina (right before the major primary). McCain would lose the primary but Rudnick managed to garner the respect of many of his much older peers. The following year, Rudnick would serve as a personal page to both former Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. Lindsay Graham at various functions receiving official accommodations from the state party and the state senate.