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Bernard “Bubba” Meng III

Bernard "Bubba" Meng III

Politics and Lobbying

Mr. Bernard “Bubba” Meng – From 1989 until the present, Mr. Meng has been President of Meng & Associates, a public relations and consulting firm headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. From 1962 until 1967, Mr. Meng served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Olin Johnson, who represented the State of South Carolina in the United States Senate. From 1967 until 1989 when he retired from government service, Mr. Meng served as “Chief of Staff” for United States Senator and Telecommunications Sub-Committee Chair Ernest “Fritz” Hollings of South Carolina.

Photo | January 20, 1993 | Bubba Meng and Lynnea at the Clinton Inauguration Arkansas Ball



Bernard B. Meng lll is the son of the late Bernard B. Meng Jr. and Era Collins Meng, born in Winnsboro, S.C., on May 21, 1938. He graduated from Mt. Zion Institute and the University of S.C. where he was the president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and recipient of the outstanding senior award. After a six month active duty service in the U.S. Army he joined the staff of Olin D. Johnston in Washington, D.C., as his legislative assistant. Upon the death of Senator Johnson and the election of Senator E.F. Hollings he continued his service to the Senate as state director for Senator Hollings until his retirement in 1989. As state director he administered and directed the operation of the six offices in S.C. Meng has extensive legislative and business experience as liaison between state, federal and local offices and Sen. Hollings.


After retirement from the US Senate in 1989 Meng formed the public relations and consulting firm of Meng and Associates in Columbia SC and Atlanta GA. His firm was instrumental in the development of wireless cable companies throughout SC.  Always civically minded he has a wide involvement in his community, he has served on many boards and commissions throughout his career. As chairman of the board and board member (1967-1971) of the Richland County the March of Dimes, he helped to establish and fund the first treatment center for children with cleft lip and cleft palate birth defects. He was honored with its leadership award for the fight against crippling diseases by the National Foundation of the March of Dimes.


.One of his proudest achievements has been his service to the Nature Conservancy of SC. He served from 1980-1991 on its board and as its chairman from 1984-1988. In harmony with the SC Wildlife and Marine Resources Commission the Conservancy placed thousand of acres in land trust to protect natural resources of SC and continues this vital work today. He was recognized for his devotion in December, 1986 with the SC Wildlife and Marine Resources Commission Meritorious Service Award.  He also served as vice chairman of the Cancer Society of SC 1972-1977. His eleemosynary leadership for South Carolina has extended to the arts, where he has been a leader and was a guiding force on the board of directors for the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra.


The US Senate acknowledged his service with the grateful recognition award for 27 years of service in 1989. The SC House of Representatives passed a resolution of appreciation for “untiring devoted and dedicated service to the state and people of SC”.  Now residing in Murrells Inlet, SC, he continues his significant involvement with his state and community. He has been the vice president and treasurer of Wachesaw Property Association. He also serves on the advisory board for Coastal Carolina National Bank and GANAL technologies.


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