John Courson

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John Courson
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South Carolina State Senate District 20
Incumbent
In office
1985-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 29
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President Pro Tempore, South Carolina State Senate
2012-2014
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1968
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1944
ProfessionSenior Vice President, Keenan & Suggs Insurance Agency
ReligionEpiscopal
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John E. Courson (b. November 21, 1944) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 1985. Courson served as the President Pro Tempore in the Senate from 2012 to June 4, 2014.[1]

Courson is next in line for the office of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor but has said that he will not step up to fill the probable vacancy when the incumbent, Glenn McConnell, leaves in June 2014.[2] Read more about this drama at: The dreaded promotion: South Carolina's lieutenant governorship.

Biography

Courson graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1968. He worked as the Executive Vice President for Keenan Insurance and Financial Services, Incorporated. He then worked as the Senior Vice President of Keenan & Suggs Insurance Agency.

Courson served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Education, Chair
Ethics
Finance
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Courson won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 20. Courson ran unopposed in the June 12 Republican primary and defeated Robert Rikard (D) and Scott West (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Courson Incumbent 59.1% 25,363
     Democratic Robert Rikard 38.1% 16,359
     Green Scott West 2.7% 1,158
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 43
Total Votes 42,923

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Courson won re-election for District 20 of the South Carolina State Senate with 33,565 votes, ahead of write-ins (977).[6]

Courson raised $160,039 for his campaign.[7]

South Carolina State Senate, District 20
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Courson (R) 33,565
Write-ins 977

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Courson is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Courson raised a total of $1,260,975 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[8]

John Courson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $272,069
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $44,225
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $160,039
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $72,711
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $203,250
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $7,100
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $152,988
1998 South Carolina Comptroller Defeated $309,501
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $39,092
Grand Total Raised $1,260,975

2012

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $272,069.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Courson's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Ace Glass Co$2,000
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina$2,000
At&T$1,500
South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$272,069
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Courson was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $44,225.

2008

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $160,039.

2006

Courson was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $72,711.

2004

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $203,250.

2002

Courson was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $7,100.

2000

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $152,988.

1998

Courson lost the election for the South Carolina Comptroller in 1998. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $309,501.

1996

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $39,092.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

John Courson endorsed Jon Huntsman in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

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.

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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."[10]

  • 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.[11] 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.[12] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[13] The legislature re-convened July 26.[14]

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

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."[15]

2012

John E. Courson received a score of 29% in the 2012 score card, ranking 14th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[16] His score was followed by Senators Chauncey K. Gregory (29%), Raymond Cleary (24%), and Ronnie W. Cromer (24%).[17]

Personal

Courson and his wife Elizabeth have three children. Courson was State Chair/State Co-Chair/Treasurer for United States Senator Strom Thurmond. He was also a volunteer for the Reagan and Bush Campaigns.

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References

  1. The Sumter Item, "Courson resigns his position as SC Senate leader," June 4, 2014
  2. WLTX, "Sen. Courson Speaks Out about Lt. Gov. Position," April 3, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, “2012 General Election – Official Results,” November 19, 2012
  4. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  7. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  8. followthemoney.org, "Courson, John," accessed June 21, 2013
  9. The Daily Caller, "Jon Huntsman scores key endorsement in South Carolina," June 30, 2011
  10. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  11. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  12. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  13. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  14. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  15. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  16. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
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1985–present
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