H. G. (Butch) Kirven, Jr. and his wife, Diane, have lived on their small farm near Simpsonville for forty years. A semi-retired real estate appraiser, Mr. Kirven maintains an office in Simpsonville. The Kirvens have one daughter, Lee, an assistant professor at Georgetown College in Kentucky.
Mr. Kirven was born in Sumter, South Carolina, and grew-up in Anderson. He graduated from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from the U. S. Army War College, the Army's graduate school for National Security and Strategic Studies.
Mr. Kirven is a military veteran, retiring in 2003 as a brigadier general, US Army (Army National Guard). He was one of the first general officers called into active service following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. His mission was to help plan and develop air and missile defense capabilities as part of Operation Noble Eagle. Mr. Kirven currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of Greenville County’s Joint Veterans Council.
Mr. Kirven is a past president of the National Guard Association of South Carolina and past president of the Presbyterian College Alumni Association. He is also a former chairman of the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and former member of the board of directors of the National Guard Association of the United States.
Mr. Kirven held no public office prior to his election to Greenville County Council in 2004. He currently serves as the chairman of County Council, a post he previously held from 2005 to 2013. Mr. Kirven is a member of the Finance Committee and also serves as the chairman of the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study Policy Committee (GPATS).
Mr. Kirven’s top priorities are improving roads and transportation, better planning to ameliorate the adverse consequences of growth and development, and public safety.
His personal motto is: “Frugality and Reason”.