Beth Bernstein

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Beth Bernstein
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 78
In office
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Beth E. Bernstein is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 78. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs


Campaign themes


Bernstein's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Education is the key to preparing our children for the jobs of the future. Fully funding our public schools, innovation, and technology are key components of my education platform. We also must look for ways to make college more affordable for all South Carolina students who are eligible."


  • Excerpt: "Sadly, we still lead the nation in areas like domestic violence and DUI fatalities. As your representative, I will work with the law enforcement community and fight for laws and programs that will get results. We will continue to improve the safety and security in our neighborhoods and keep children safe in their schools."


  • Excerpt: "As a businesswoman and a fiscal conservative, I believe we must do a better job in how we spend our tax dollars. Our state budgeting process needs reform. Funding the key functions of government and cutting waste will be my mission."


  • Excerpt: "Our state and county are fortunate to have beautiful lakes, parks, wildlife and other natural resources. I want future generations to enjoy the same quality of life that we do, and as your legislator, I will be a strong voice for environmental protection."



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Beth Bernstein was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jeff Mobley was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bernstein defeated Mobley in the general election.[2][3][4]

South Carolina State House, District 78, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Bernstein Incumbent 61.7% 6,522
     Republican Jeff Mobley 38.3% 4,048
Total Votes 10,570


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bernstein ran in the 2012 election for South Carolina House of Representatives District 78. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. Incumbent Joan Brady (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary. She defeated Joan Brady in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Bernstein 56.3% 8,044
     Republican Joan Brady 43.6% 6,228
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 10
Total Votes 14,282

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bernstein is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bernstein raised a total of $199,242 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[7]

Beth Bernstein's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 78 Won $199,242
Grand Total Raised $199,242


Bernstein won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Bernstein raised a total of $199,242.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Beth Bernstein's campaign in 2012
Bernstein, Beth$79,729
Watkins Lourie Roll & Chance$1,000
Longs Drugs of Kilbourne$1,000
Zucker, Anita G$1,000
Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$199,242
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in South Carolina

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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."[8]

  • Legislators are scored on business issues, including: infrastructure funding, the Department of Employment and Workforce Integrity bill, expanding 4-year-old kindergarten and funding for the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council.
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Preceded by
Joan Brady (R)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 78
Succeeded by