Kristopher Crawford

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Kristopher Crawford
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South Carolina House District 63
Incumbent
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMedical University of South Carolina, 2001
Personal
ProfessionPhysician
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kristopher R. "Kris" Crawford (b. November 12, 1969) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 63. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Crawford earned his B.S. from The Citadel in 1992. He went on to receive his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2001. Crawford is chief resident of McLeod Family Practice. He works as a physician.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Cap on superintendent pay

In 2011, Crawford co-sponsored a bill (H. 3297), introduced by Representative Phillip Lowe, that would have limited severance packages for fired school superintendents to their annual salary or less. Any exceptions to this law would have had to be approved by school district voters in a special election.

Lowe's bill came in response to the March 2009 firing of then-Superintendent’s Alisa Goodman. The Marlboro County School Board, in a split vote, approved buying out her contract for $400,000, with nearly $10,000 to cover attorney fees.

"I understand that there’s a contract, that there’s a need to do something," Lowe said. "But not a golden parachute. This is public money."

"I think we have to be serious about admin costs," said Crawford.

Following were the top 10 highest-paid superintendents in 2010, according to The Nerve’s analysis of DOE data:[1]

  • Phinnize Fisher, Greenville County Schools, $218,167;
  • Katie Brochu, Richland District 2, $213,244;
  • Valerie Truesdale, Beaufort County Schools, $205,600;
  • Cindy Elsberry, Horry County Schools, $205,000;
  • Anthony Parker, Berkeley County Schools, $195,000
  • Percy Mack, Richland District 1, $195,000;
  • Herbert Berg*, Lexington-Richland District 5, $193,375 (retired);
  • Jospeh Pye, Dorchester District 2, $191,267;
  • Nancy McGinley, Charleston County Schools, $191,084;
  • Lynn Moody, York District 3, $184,240; and
  • Marc Sosne, York District 2, $174,916.

The bill did not pass during the 2011-2012 session.[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 Kris Crawford is unopposed in the Republican primary.[3]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

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

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristopher Crawford Incumbent 68.8% 11,305
     Democratic Austin Smith 30.9% 5,079
     Other Write-Ins 0.3% 52
Total Votes 16,436

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Crawford ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 63 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Crawford defeated Sheila Gallagher (D) in the general election on November 2.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Kristopher Crawford (R) 8,239 64.17%
Sheila Gallagher (D, WF) 4590 35.75%
Write-In 11 0.09%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Crawford won re-election to the 63rd District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Barry Wingard (D).

Crawford raised $121,928 for his campaign, while Wingard raised $32,644.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Kristopher Crawford (R) 11,941
Barry Wingard (D) 6,217

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Crawford is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Crawford raised a total of $538,752 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[8]

Kristopher Crawford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $63,900
2010 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $92,131
2008 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $121,928
2006 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $260,793
Grand Total Raised $538,752

2012

Crawford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $63,900.

2010

Crawford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $92,131.

2008

Crawford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $121,928.

2006

Crawford won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $260,793.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Kristopher Crawford 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

Kristopher Crawford received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 88th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[11] His score was followed by representatives Laurie Funderburk (13%), Jerry Govan, Jr. (13%), and James Harrison (13%).[12]

Personal

Crawford and his wife, M. Rebecca, have four children.

Controversies

Arrested

On April 1, 2010, Crawford was arrested for failing to file income tax returns. He is charged with four counts of failing to file individual income taxes from 2004 to 2007, as well as three counts of failing to file corporate income taxes for 2005 to 2007. If convicted he could face up to seven years in prison.[13]

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2006–present
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