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$140/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 all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Dwight Loftis was unopposed in the Republican primary. Loftis is unopposed in the general election.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dwight Loftis's campaign in 2012
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
South Carolina Leadership PAC$1,000
S C Trucking Association PAC$1,000
South Carolina Medical Association$1,000
Isley, Wm$750
Total Raised in 2012$16,771
Source:Follow the Money

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. [10]

Scorecards

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

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2013-2014

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."[11]

  • 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.
  • Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, monitors the voting records of North Carolina’s state legislators on key environmental issues.
  • The scorecards are not comprehensive, but concentrate on issues related to jobs, spending, and freedom.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.

2011-2012

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.[12] 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.[13] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[14] The legislature re-convened July 26.[15]

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  • Legislators are scored on limited government, the free market, and individual liberty and responsibility.
  • The RLC supports individual rights, limited government and free enterprise.
  • BIPEC uses roll call votes on business and industry issues to calculate a Vote Score for members of South Carolina's state legislature.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.

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."[16]

2012

Dwight Loftis received a score of 33% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 11th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[17] His score was followed by representatives Ralph W. Norman (33%), Phillip Owens (33%), and Kevin R. Ryan (33%).[18]

Personal

Loftis and his wife, Sandra, have three children.

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References

  1. The Nerve, "Lawmakers Mulling Rural Development Proposals," by Rick Brundrett, May 25, 2011
  2. LegiScan, "South Carolina House Bill 3633," accessed September 10, 2013
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  4. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 20, 2012
  7. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  8. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  9. followthemoney.org, "Loftis, Dwight A," accessed June 28, 2013
  10. Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
  11. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  12. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  13. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  14. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  15. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  16. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  18. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 19
1996–present
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