Notable for being the first African-American nominee for any major political party's South Carolina seat in the United States Senate, this Democratic politician also made headlines by producing a viral YouTube video to promote his campaign.
After earning a political science degree from the University of South Carolina, he served in both the United States Air Force and the United States Army.
In 2009, he was arrested and charged with felony obscenity for his overtures to a female college student. These charges were removed from his record following the completion of a community service and counseling program.
He grew up in Florence, South Carolina, as the son of barber, businessman, and teacher James Greene.
He lost the 2010 South Carolina U.S. Senate election to Republican candidate Jim DeMint.