Andy Patrick

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Andy Patrick
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South Carolina House District 123
Former member
In office
2010 - 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPerry County High School, 1987
Bachelor'sState University of New York-Brockport, 1995
ProfessionSecurity consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Andrew S. "Andy" Patrick (b. August 5, 1969) is a former Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 123. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Patrick was a Republican candidate for South Carolina Superintendent of Education in the 2014 elections.[1][2]

Patrick was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. Patrick was defeated in the Republican primary on March 19, 2013.[3][4]


Patrick grew up in Perry, New York. He graduated from Perry County High School in 1987 and magna cum laude from the State University of New York-Brockport with a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1995.

In 1996, Patrick became a New York State Trooper. The following year, he was commissioned as an agent with the United States Secret Service, where he would ultimately join the Vice Presidential Protective Division. During his time with the Secret Service, Patrick served as Intelligence Coordinator for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and as Lead Advance Agent for George W. Bush, then a Presidential candidate, at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. He moved with his family from Virginia to Hilton Head, South Carolina in 2004. In 2007, he resigned from the Secret Service. Patrick is the Chief Executive Officer of Advance Point Global, Inc., a company that provides security and investigation consultants to companies based around the globe. Patrick joined the United States Air Force immediately after high school; beginning in 1987, he spent five years on active duty. From 1992 to 1995, Patrick served an additional three years in New York's Air National Guard.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Patrick served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Patrick served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Patrick’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]


Patrick addressed preserving the wildlife areas in the 123rd District: "We need to preserve open space, protect our water and provide local governments with the tools they need to cope with explosive growth. The Lowcountry environment is our life blood and we need to be good stewards of what we have. It is what makes us unique and attracts visitors from around to world."

He earned an endorsement from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, who said, in part, "Patrick understands the value of South Carolina’s landmark Conservation Bank that works with local land trusts to voluntarily protect natural and historic places."

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Reforming government

Patrick's positions on spending and reform started with the idea that, "We live in the 21st century and yet our state government still operates under a 19th century structure and mentality."[6]

He specifically mentioned streamlining redundant agencies and recommends "passing a constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide our structure of government." In support of this, Patrick mentions that South Carolinians elect nine Constitutional officers, in excess of the national average of four.

Patrick also specifically plans to push for a gubernatorial ticket that would elect the governor and lt. governor on a shared ticket. This style, modeled on the Presidential election, is used in 34 states already. His platform also included support for home rule and for cutting spending at the state level.


Patrick's education platform cited South Carolina's ranking in nationwide assessments of primary schooling and points out that, while Beaufort County pays some $300 million annually to South Carolina's state government in education funding, it gets little in return.


Remarking that "the only 'good' economic development plans ever devised are those that reduce government interference and lower taxes," Patrick argued for cutting the legislative role in planning and directing the economy and for replacing government directed attempts at economic stimulation with greater market enterprise. He specifically proposed eliminating the corporate income tax and abolishing preferential tax credits.



See also: South Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Patrick announced his campaign for election to the office of South Carolina Superintendent of Education in January 2014 but withdrew within two weeks, citing his ongoing divorce proceedings and privacy concerns.[2]


See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Patrick ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[7] Patrick was defeated in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[4][3][8]

Former Governor Mark Sanford was considered the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. That coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. It was also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[9]

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The district leans Republican.[10] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[11]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 36.9% 19,854
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Bostic 13.3% 7,168
Ric Bryant 0.2% 87
Larry Grooms 12.4% 6,673
Jonathan Hoffman 0.7% 360
Jeff King 0.4% 211
John Kuhn 6.5% 3,479
Tim Larkin 0.7% 393
Harry "Chip" Limehouse 6.1% 3,279
Peter McCoy 1.6% 867
Elizabeth Moffly 1% 530
Ray Nash 4.7% 2,508
Andy Patrick 7% 3,783
Shawn Pinkston 0.3% 154
Keith Blandford 0.4% 195
Teddy Turner 7.9% 4,252
Total Votes 53,793
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[3]


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Patrick ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[12][13]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 123, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Patrick Incumbent 99.2% 13,865
     Other Write-Ins 0.8% 115
Total Votes 13,980


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Patrick won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives.[14] He was unopposed in the general election on November 2.

South Carolina House of Representatives, General Election, District 123 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Patrick (R) 11,048 99.50%
Write-In 55 0.50%

On Primary Day, June 8, 2010, Patrick went up against incumbent Richard Chalk, Jr. and Kate Keep.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 123 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Patrick (R) 1,930 33.62%
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Chalk (R) 1,853 35.01%
Kate Keep (R) 1,729 31.37%

Patrick defeated incumbent Richard Chalk, Jr. in the Republican runoff on June 22 by a margin of 3,438 to 1,453. Chalk was seeking his fourth term.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 123 Republican Run-Off (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Patrick (R) 3,438 70.3%
Richard Chalk (R) 1,453 29.7%

District 123 lies on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, a heavily urban county along the southernmost coast of the state.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Patrick is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Patrick raised a total of $57,140 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[15]

Andy Patrick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 123 Won $24,479
2010 South Carolina State House, District 123 Won $32,661
Grand Total Raised $57,140


Patrick won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $24,479.


Patrick won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $32,661.

As of October 18, 2010, Patrick had raised $12,139 -- 90.1% of it in-state -- from 71 donors. Most of his fundraising to that point, $10,539, came from Hilton Head Island.

Patrick also donated $414 to his own campaign.

His primary opponents, Richard Chalk and Kate Keep, raised $52,726 and $24,752, respectively.



In 2010, Patrick’s endorsements included the following:

  • Conservation Voters of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Club for Growth
  • State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort
  • former state Rep. Jo Anne Gilham

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Andy Patrick endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [16] Previously, Patrick had endorsed Rick Santorum.[17]


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The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 120th legislative session from January 8, 2013, to June 6, 2014. In 2014, a statewide session was held from June 17 to June 19 "for the consideration of certain specified matters."[18]

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The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 119th legislative session from January 11, 2011, to June 7, 2012. On June 2, 2011, Governor Nikki Haley attempted to call the Legislature into an "emergency" special session to begin on June 7 to create the new South Carolina Department of Administration. A lawsuit was filed by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, in which he contended that Haley's call for a special session was unconstitutional, and that it violated the state Constitution's requirement of separation of powers among the governor, legislature and courts.[19] On June 6, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled 3-2 against Governor Haley, stating that her order violated the Legislature's ability to set its calendar and agenda.[20] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[21] The legislature re-convened July 26.[22]

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The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard

See also: The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Scorecard for South Carolina Representatives and Senators once a year. The Scorecard gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."[23]


Andy Patrick received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 68th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[24] His score was followed by representatives Michael Pitts (20%), Tommy Pope (20%), and Ronnie Sabb (20%).[25]


Patrick and his wife, Amee, live in Hilton Head, SC. They have five children.


  • American Society of Industrial Security
  • Association of Former Agents - United States Secret Service
  • South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators
  • Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Island Council.

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  1. WISTV, "Rep. Patrick running for state superintendent," January 22, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Post and Courier, "Rep. Patrick ends his race for S.C. education superintendent," January 28, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 SC Votes, "March 19 Special Primary Election" accessed March 19, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 South Carolina Radio Network, "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013 (dead link)
  5. Andy, "Andy on the Issues - Environment," accessed October 18, 2010 (dead link)
  6. Andy, "Andy on the Issues - Government Reform," accessed October 18, 2010 (dead link)
  7. Washington Post, "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  8. South Carolina Republican Party Website, "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  9. Roll Call, "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  10., "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  11. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  12., "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  13. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 25, 2012
  14., "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  15., "Patrick, Andy," accessed July 11, 2013
  16. Race 4 2012 "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  18. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  19. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  20., "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  21., "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  22. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  23. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  24. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  25. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Chalk, Jr. (R)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 123
Succeeded by
Jeff Bradley (R)