Henry McMaster (born May 27, 1947, in Columbia, South Carolina) is South Carolina's Republican attorney general, having been first elected on November 5, 2002. He is a GOP candidate for the South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010.
McMaster received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of South Carolina in 1969. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order South Carolina Student Legislature. After graduation, he served in the United States Army Reserves, receiving his honorable discharge in 1975. In 1973, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of the South Carolina Law Review. Later that year, he was admitted to the South Carolina Bar, the Richland County Bar Association. In 1974, he completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Upon graduation from law school, McMaster worked as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond in Washington, D.C. until 1974, when he joined the firm of Tompkins and McMaster. He was admitted to practice before the federal Court of Claims in 1974, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1975 and in 1978, upon motion of Senator Thurmond, the Supreme Court of the United States.