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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 100%
SC State House 36 Rita Allison Republican 100%
SC State House 58 Liston Barfield Republican 100%
André Bauer 100%
SC State House 89 Kenneth Bingham Republican 100%
William Branton, Jr. 100%
SC State Senate 43 George Campsen III Republican 100%
Harry Cato 100%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 100%
SC State Senate 16 Chauncey Gregory Republican 100%
SC State House 114 Robert Harrell, Jr. Republican 100%
James Harrison 100%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 100%
Thomas Keegan 100%
Herbert Kirsh 100%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. Republican 100%
SC State House 110 Harry Limehouse III Republican 100%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 100%
SC State Senate 2 Larry Martin Republican 100%
James McGee III 100%
David Owens II 100%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. Republican 100%
Rebecca Davis Richardson 100%
James Ritchie, Jr. 100%
Greg Ryberg 100%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 100%
Wallace Scarborough 100%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 100%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 100%
Donald Smith 100%
SC State House 84 Roland Smith Republican 100%
William Smith 100%
Ronald Parker Townsend 100%
Daniel Tripp 100%
Teddy Norman Trotter 100%
SC State Senate 9 Daniel Verdin III Republican 100%
Robert Walker 100%
Bryon Webb 100%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 100%
David Horton Wilkins 100%
William Cotty 98%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 98%
Warren Kenneth Giese 98%
John Kuhn 98%
SC State Senate 4 William O'Dell Republican 98%
Shirley Hinson 97%
Scott Richardson 96%
Bob Waldrep, Jr. 96%
J. Gresham Barrett 95%
Robert Leach, Sr. 95%
Lanny Littlejohn 95%
Robert Perry, Jr. 95%
Rex Rice 95%
John Riser 95%
SC State Senate 6 Michael Fair Republican 94%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 94%
Arthur Ravenel, Jr. 94%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 94%
Thomas Dantzler 93%
Ronald Fleming 93%
SC State Senate 15 Wes Hayes, Jr. Republican 92%
William Mescher 92%
Marion Frye 91%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 91%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 91%
Phillip Sinclair 90%
Glenn Hamilton 89%
E. DeWitt McCraw 89%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 88%
Glenn McConnell 88%
Annette Young 88%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 87%
Larry Labruce Koon 87%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 87%
Harry Carl Stille 87%
Mary Beth Freeman 86%
William Jeffrey Young 86%
Daniel Cooper 85%
James Norris Law 85%
Olin Phillips 85%
JoAnne Gilham 84%
James Neal 84%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 84%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 84%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 83%
James Battle, Jr. 81%
Marion Pinckney Carnell 81%
Michael Easterday 81%
Charles Ray Sharpe 81%
William Witherspoon 81%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 80%
SC State House 122 William Bowers Democratic 80%
Denny Neilson 80%
Michael Thompson 79%
Alfred Burgess Robinson, Jr. 78%
Eldridge Emory 77%
Scott Talley 76%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 73%
Mark Stephen Kelley 72%
Harry Ott, Jr. 72%
John Snow III 69%
John Graham Altman III 68%
Vida Miller 68%
Amos Lee Gourdine 66%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 65%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 65%
Jesse Edison Hines 65%
SC State Senate 22 Joel Lourie Democratic 65%
SC State House 40 Walton McLeod III Democratic 65%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 61%
R. Thayer Rivers, Jr. 61%
Donny Wilder 61%
Joe Brown 59%
James Klauber 59%
Jefferson Verne Smith 59%
Gloria Haskins 58%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 58%
Elsie Rast Stuart 57%
SC State House 50 Grady Brown Democratic 56%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic, Working Families 55%
SC State House 104 Tracy Edge Republican 55%
Michael Stewart Whatley 55%
Marty Coates 52%
SC State House 69 Richard Quinn, Jr. Republican 52%
Thomas Rhoad 51%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 49%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 47%
SC State Senate 17 Creighton Coleman Democratic 43%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 43%
Mack Hines, Jr. 41%
Tommy Moore 41%
Donald Harry Holland 39%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 39%
John Hawkins 35%
Linda Short 35%
Edith Rodgers 34%
Becky Martin 29%
David Thomas 29%
Brenda Lee 27%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 25%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 25%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 21%
Kenneth Kennedy 16%
Walter Lloyd 16%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 16%
Harry Raymond Askins 15%
Charles Alexander Harvin III 12%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 11%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 11%
Floyd Breeland 10%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 8%
John Drummond 2%
Robert Ford 2%
Edward Saleeby 2%
Ralph Anderson 0%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 0%
Dick Elliott 0%
Maggie Wallace Glover 0%
SC State Senate 40 Brad Hutto Democratic 0%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 0%
John Land III 0%
Phil Leventis 0%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 0%
SC Lieutenant Governor John McGill Democratic 0%
SC State Senate 32 John McGill Democratic 0%
Kay Patterson 0%
SC State Senate 45 Clementa Pinckney Democratic 0%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 0%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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