Joel Lourie

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Joel Lourie
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South Carolina State Senate District 22
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1998-2004
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1984
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 24, 1962
Place of birthColumbia, SC
ProfessionPresident, Lourie's Department Store, Inc.
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joel Lourie (b. September 24, 1962) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Lourie served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004.

Biography

Lourie earned his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1984.

Lourie worked as a stockbroker for E.F. Hutton and Company, Prudential Bache, from 1985 to 1987. He then worked as a stockbroker for Prudential Securities from 1987 to 1990. He was the founder and President of Ice Cream Products, Incorporated, from 1990 to 1999. He began work as the President of Lourie's Department Store, Incorporated, in 1999.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
General
Finance
Transportation
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Lourie won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 22. Lourie ran unopposed in the June 12 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

South Carolina State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Lourie Incumbent 99.4% 35,001
     Other Write-Ins 0.6% 206
Total Votes 35,207


2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Lourie won re-election for District 22 of the South Carolina State Senate with 44,981 votes, ahead of write-ins (341).[4]

He raised $257,494 for his campaign.[5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Lourie (D) 44,981
Write-ins 341

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lourie is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Lourie raised a total of $1,202,519 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[6]

Joel Lourie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 22 Won $24,569
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 22 Not up for election $12,654
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 22 Won $257,494
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 22 Not up for election $40,855
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 22 Won $493,047
2002 South Carolina State House, District 78 Won $98,956
2000 South Carolina State House, District 78 Won $147,514
1998 South Carolina State House, District 78 Won $127,430
Grand Total Raised $1,202,519

2012

Lourie won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $24.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joel Lourie's campaign in 2012
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$1,000
South Carolina Bankers Association$1,000
South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants$1,000
Harbison Properties Inc$1,000
South Carolina Chapter of The American Physical Therapy Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$24
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Lourie was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $12,654.

2008

Lourie won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $257,494.

2006

Lourie was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $40,855.

2004

Lourie won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $493,047.

2002

Lourie won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $98,956.

2000

Lourie won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $147,514.

1998

Lourie won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Lourie raised a total of $127,430.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of South Carolina scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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."[7]

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

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.[8] 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.[9] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[10] The legislature re-convened July 26.[11]

  • Legislators are scored on medicaid flexibility, economic development, vetoes sustained, and record of votes.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records on bills that directly impacted the business climate and competitiveness of the state.

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."[12]

2012

Joel Lourie received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 34th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[13] His score was followed by Senators Gerald Malloy (6%), John Matthews (6%), and Glenn McConnell (*).[14]

Personal

Lourie and his wife, Rebecca, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Giese
South Carolina State Senate - District 22
2004–present
Succeeded by
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