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Joel B. Lourie

Joel B. Lourie's Ratings and Endorsements

Full Name: Joel B. Lourie
Current Office: State Senate - District 22, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2016

Business and Consumers

2013 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 92%
2012 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 38
2012 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 78%
2011-2012 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
2011 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 56
2011 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 83%
2010 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 74.02
2009-2010 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
2009 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 80%
2008 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 62.14
2008 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 92
2007 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 19.30
2006 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 24.90
2005-2006 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 67%
2005 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60%
2003-2004 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 20%
2003 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 58%
2001-2002 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 65%
2001-2002 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%

Marriage, Family, and Children

2011-2012 Palmetto Family Alliance - Positions 33%

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