I was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina in 1972. I learned the value of work and self reliance at an early age while working during high school at McDonald's, Pizza Hut, K-Mart and Wal-Mart. After graduating from Walterboro High School in 1990, I went to South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. I earned my B.A. degree in English Education in 1994 and began my career as a 7th grade English teacher at Colleton Middle School. I then taught 10th and 11th grade English at Walterboro High School.
I left the field of education to go into business for myself. My wife and I decided to start a weekly newspaper in Colleton County. The newspaper business taught me a lot. I learned first hand what it takes to own and operate a small business; to meet deadlines, to make a payroll and that there is always two sides to every story. However, my goal in life was to be a lawyer. That finally became a reality for me when I was accepted to Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Davie, Florida. I earned my J.D. from Nova in December 2006 and began practicing law as a public defender in Broward County, Florida. I moved back home to Walterboro in 2009 and was elected to the Walterboro City Council. I served a term on city council and became a member of the South Carolina Bar in 2011. I opened my own law practice in 2012. Buckner Law Firm, P.A. currently has three locations: Walterboro, Hampton, and Beaufort. My firm helps people who have been hurt or injured in an accident.
VALUES AND BELIEFS
I've been married for 23 years. Melissa and I met as White House Interns and have three children; Hadrian, Adam and Zoe. My conservative beliefs were formulated at an early age. First, I learned the value of discipline from attending St. Anthony Catholic School from K-3rd grade. As a teenager growing up, I attended St. John Baptist Church in Varnville, South Carolina. My Baptist upbringing taught me to respect my elders and humility.
I became a born again believer in Jesus Christ while a sophomore in College! My faith and relationship with God grew stronger from attending Walterboro Christian Center; a word of faith nondenominational Church. Subsequently, I attended Church of Christ Apostolic in Dorchester County. The church was founded by my grandfather. Here, I learned that we are all made in the image of God and that every human being regardless of the color of his or her skin should be treated with dignity and respect. Men and women are equal, but have different roles to play to help maintain order and stability in our society. Now, as a member of St. Peter's AME Church in Walterboro, I have learned grace, mercy and love.