Town Council Member
Entered Town Council: May 2023
Current Term Expires: November 2025
Gavin is a native South Carolinian and an outspoken entrepreneur from Lexington, South Carolina where he is a public relations professional, marketing and advertising strategist and media personality.
On May 2, 2023 Gavin made history by winning a Special Town Council Election and becoming the youngest member to currently serve on Lexington Town Council.
Gavin is the CEO and Founder of the Gavin James Group under which he operates Gavin James Public Affairs and The Inspyre Group. He also serves as Director of Communications for the cybersecurity brand, PC Matic, and he serves as a Forbes Communications Council Contributor. Gavin was also a former partner in Lexington’s Navy Yard on Main project.
Gavin is a political commentator on various cable news outlets and his opinions have been shared in print publications around the globe including in USA Today, CNN Opinion, Fox News Digital, the New York Times and more. He formerly worked in the Executive Office of Governor Nikki Haley and for Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 2012 Presidential campaign. Prior to joining the private sector, he received a Presidential Appointment and served as Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor and as Deputy Communications Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Gavin also served on the Presidential Campaign and the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for former President Donald J. Trump.
Gavin is a 2010 graduate of White Knoll High School and a 2016 graduate from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business where he received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management. In 2020 Gavin earned his Master of Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.
Gavin lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his husband, Matthew A. Smith, and their two dogs, Braxton and Bentley.