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Dwight Loftis

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Dwight Loftis
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South Carolina House District 19
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 18
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sNorth Greenville College, 1966
Personal
ProfessionInsurance agent
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dwight A. Loftis (b. February 4, 1943) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Biography

Loftis earned his A.A. from North Greenville College in 1966. He is an insurance agent. Loftis is a past member of the Leadership Council School District in Greenville County.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Vice Chair
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Loftis served on the following committees:

Issues

Rural development

To promote rural development, several lawmakers, including Loftis, crafted bills to create new agencies during the 2011-2012 session. At the time, Loftis noted that little coordination existed among the legislators pushing individual proposals.

"I'll be the first to admit we've got too many entities out there working in separate silos," said Loftis.

In February 2011, Loftis introduced a bill (H. 3633), titled the "South Carolina Agribusiness Economic Development Authority Act of 2011," to create a separate agency within the S.C. Department of Agriculture to help finance new agricultural-related businesses in the state. The agency would have received state general funds and any other "financial assistance, guarantees, insurance or subsidies from the federal or state government," under the bill. A February 2011 Department of Agriculture report said that the proposed authority would be similar to the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, a state agency that assists economic development projects by issuing special-obligation revenue bonds. Loftis said the agency proposed under his bill would help develop a "viable opportunity in niche markets in agriculture," adding that "North Carolina has done a much better job than South Carolina."

Loftis's bill died in the House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.[1][2]

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Carolina House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on June 10, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Dwight Loftis is unopposed in the Republican primary.[3]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Loftis ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDwight Loftis Incumbent 97.9% 9,213
     Other Write-Ins 2.1% 198
Total Votes 9,411

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Loftis ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 19 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Loftis won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 19 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Dwight Loftis (R) 6,467 98.60%
Write-In 92 1.40%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Loftis won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,205 votes, representing District 19. 

Loftis 9,205 raised $6,485 for his campaign.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 19 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Dwight Loftis (R) 9,205

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Loftis is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Loftis raised a total of $177,912 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[8]

Dwight Loftis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $16,771
2010 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $15,630
2008 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $6,485
2006 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $7,832
2004 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $39,599
2002 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $5,237
2000 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $47,031
1998 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $3,489
1996 South Carolina State House, District 19 Won $35,838
Grand Total Raised $177,912

2012

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $16,771.

2010

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $15,630.

2008

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $6,485.

2006

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $8,732.

2004

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $39,599.

2002

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $5,237.

2000

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $47,031.

1998

Loftis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $3,489.

1996

Loftis won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Loftis raised a total of $35,838.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Dwight Loftis endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Scorecards

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."[10]

2012

Dwight Loftis received a score of 33% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 11th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[11] His score was followed by representatives Ralph W. Norman (33%), Phillip Owens (33%), and Kevin R. Ryan (33%).[12]

Personal

Loftis and his wife, Sandra, have three children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 19
1996–present
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