Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2008 Positions on Pro-Business Policy

State Office Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House-3 Jeff Duncan R 72.77
SC U.S. House-5 Mick Mulvaney R 73.86
SC Governor Nikki Haley R 83.51
SC Lieutenant Governor John McGill D 72.14
SC State House-1 William Whitmire R 62.46
SC State House-2 William Sandifer III R 76.92
SC State House-3 B. R. Skelton R 84.20
SC State House-4 Davey Hiott R 61.39
SC State House-5 Phillip Owens R 79.65
SC State House-6 Brian White R 79.81
SC State House-7 Michael Gambrell R 75.71
SC State House-8 Don Bowen R 63.91
SC State House-14 Michael Pitts R 68.59
SC State House-19 Dwight Loftis R 75.61
SC State House-24 Bruce Bannister R 72.26
SC State House-27 Garry Smith R 68.54
SC State House-28 Eric Bedingfield R 65.41
SC State House-29 Dennis Moss R 70.21
SC State House-31 Harold Mitchell, Jr. D 55.81
SC State House-40 Walton McLeod III D 59.87
SC State House-42 Mike Anthony D 48.97
SC State House-43 Greg Delleney, Jr. R 62.37
SC State House-46 Gary Simrill R 75.99
SC State House-50 Grady Brown D 57.12
SC State House-51 J. David Weeks D 45.76
SC State House-52 Laurie Funderburk D 65.74
SC State House-53 Ted Vick D 55.96
SC State House-55 Jackie Hayes D 69.05
SC State House-58 Liston Barfield R 69.78
SC State House-59 Terry Alexander D 49.61
SC State House-60 Phillip Lowe R 81.69
SC State House-61 Lester Branham, Jr. D 65.21
SC State House-62 Robert Williams D 37.31
SC State House-63 Kristopher Crawford R 74.41
SC State House-65 James Lucas R 70.59
SC State House-66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter D 67.69
SC State House-67 Murrell Smith, Jr. R 80.78
SC State House-70 Joseph Neal D 57.95
SC State House-71 Nathan Ballentine R 74.78
SC State House-72 James Smith, Jr. D 35.53
SC State House-73 Chris Hart D 42.04
SC State House-74 Todd Rutherford D 44.63
SC State House-76 Leon Howard D 31.98
SC State House-80 Jimmy Bales D 65.17
SC State House-82 William Clyburn, Sr. D 52.66
SC State House-84 Roland Smith R 75.34
SC State House-85 Chip Huggins R 68.09
SC State House-88 McLain Toole R 66.42
SC State House-89 Kenneth Bingham R 71.19
SC State House-90 Bakari Sellers D 51.67
SC State House-91 Lonnie Hosey D 51.19
SC State House-92 Joseph Daning R 63.50
SC State House-95 Jerry Govan, Jr. D 47.77
SC State House-96 Lawrence Kit Spires R 63.68
SC State House-97 Patsy Knight D 63.57
SC State House-99 James Merrill R 79.45
SC State House-102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. D 44.14
SC State House-103 Carl Anderson D 50.74
SC State House-104 Tracy Edge R 47.84
SC State House-106 Nelson Hardwick R 72.93
SC State House-107 Alan Clemmons R 74.75
SC State House-109 David Mack III D 45.02
SC State House-110 Harry Limehouse III R 47.54
SC State House-113 Seth Whipper D 47.39
SC State House-114 Robert Harrell, Jr. R 88.54
SC State House-116 Robert Brown D 38.46
SC State House-118 William Herbkersman R 66.53
SC State House-119 Leonidas Stavrinakis D 89.02
SC State House-121 Kenneth Hodges D 65.87
SC State House-122 William Bowers D 59.31
SC State House-124 Shannon Erickson R 77.31
SC State Senate-1 Thomas Alexander R 70.40
SC State Senate-2 Larry Martin R 75.84
SC State Senate-3 Kevin Bryant R 75.60
SC State Senate-4 William O'Dell R 60.05
SC State Senate-6 Michael Fair R 51.63
SC State Senate-7 Karl Allen Other 49.94
SC State Senate-9 Daniel Verdin III R 50.84
SC State Senate-11 Glenn Reese D 64.05
SC State Senate-14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. R 64.40
SC State Senate-15 Wes Hayes, Jr. R 53.63
SC State Senate-16 Chauncey Gregory R 76.01
SC State Senate-17 Creighton Coleman D 36.36
SC State Senate-18 Ronnie Cromer R 70.40
SC State Senate-19 John Scott, Jr. D 55.44
SC State Senate-20 John Courson R 62.40
SC State Senate-21 Darrell Jackson D 49.38
SC State Senate-22 Joel Lourie D 62.14
SC State Senate-25 Shane Massey R 62.40
SC State Senate-26 Nikki Setzler D 80.81
SC State Senate-27 Vincent Sheheen D 92.81
SC State Senate-29 Gerald Malloy D 62.14
SC State Senate-30 Kent Williams D 70.65
SC State Senate-31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. R 85.05
SC State Senate-32 John McGill D 72.14
SC State Senate-33 Luke Rankin, Sr. R 74.81
SC State Senate-34 Ray Cleary III R 67.53
SC State Senate-37 Larry Grooms R 54.81
SC State Senate-39 John Matthews, Jr. D 56.84
SC State Senate-40 Brad Hutto D 73.60
SC State Senate-43 George Campsen III R 93.84
SC State Senate-44 Paul Campbell, Jr. R 90.25
SC State Senate-45 Clementa Pinckney D 57.38
Paul Agnew 69.43
Ralph Anderson 49.38
James Battle, Jr. 68.27
Joan Brady 77.87
Curtis Brantley 47.46
Floyd Breeland 50.21
Harry Cato 87.32
Catherine Ceips 66.40
Richard Chalk, Jr. 54
Daniel Cooper 62.55
William Cotty 79.19
Thomas Dantzler 74.07
Guy Davenport, Jr. 46.72
John Drummond 55.38
Dick Elliott 72.05
Robert Ford 61.08
Marion Frye 64.41
Carl Gullick 67.22
Ben Hagood, Jr. 79.72
Glenn Hamilton 55.22
James Harrison 81.82
Cathy Harvin 48.17
Gloria Haskins 63.63
John Hawkins 49.73
Heyward Hutson 63.66
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 52.22
Keith Kelly 75.53
Kenneth Kennedy 49.47
Herbert Kirsh 92.76
Jake Knotts, Jr. 82.81
John Land III 60.84
Robert Leach, Sr. 76.17
Phil Leventis 51.38
Lanny Littlejohn 64.80
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 63.24
Glenn McConnell 100+
William Mescher 61.60
Vida Miller 65.61
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 30.05
Tommy Moore 13.60
James Neal 55.72
Denny Neilson 73.74
Harry Ott, Jr. 76.88
Anne Parks 55.84
Kay Patterson 68.84
Robert Perry, Jr. 77.04
Olin Phillips 48.13
Lewis Pinson 69.07
Edward Pitts, Jr. 66.47
Rex Rice 67.99
James Ritchie, Jr. 56.41
Greg Ryberg 73.29
Wallace Scarborough 62.55
Randy Scott 66.69
Phillip Shoopman 69.02
Linda Short 53.21
Donald Smith 62.50
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 33.98
William Smith 43.40
James Stewart, Jr. 59.97
Scott Talley 68.84
Adam Taylor, Sr. 63.72
David Thomas 36.81
Michael Thompson 95.15
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 80.05
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 58.69
Thad Viers 40.52
Robert Walker 77.10
William Witherspoon 72.35
Annette Young 71.54

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