Liston Barfield

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Liston Barfield
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South Carolina House District 58
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
Bachelor'sCoastal Carolina College, 1975
Master'sWebster University, 1983
Ph.D.Francis Marion University, 2005
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service6
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Liston D. Barfield (b. August 9, 1945) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984, serving until 1988 before being elected to his current tenure in 1996.

Biography

Barfield attended South Carolina State College and the University of South Carolina. He earned his B.A. from Coastal Carolina College in 1975. He went on to receive his M.B.O. from Webster University in 1983. He then earned his Ph.D. from Francis Marion University in 2005. He has worked as Co-owner/Real Estate Broker for Barfield Independent Insurance Agency. He has also worked as Vice President of Ameritel Communications. Barfield served in the United States Army in Vietnam for six years.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Invitations and Memorial Resolutions, Chair
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Barfield defeated Fonzie Lewis in the Republican primary on June 12 and the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 58, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngListon Barfield Incumbent 98.6% 10,087
     Other Write-Ins 1.4% 146
Total Votes 10,233
South Carolina House of Representatives District 58 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngListon D. Barfield Incumbent 78.4% 1,596
Fonzie Lewis 21.6% 439
Total Votes 2,035

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Barfield ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 58 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Barfield defeated Butch Johnson (D) and James Robinson (L) in the general election on November 2.[4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 58 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Liston Barfield (R) 5,939 68.08%
Butch Johnson (D) 2,780 31.87%
Write-In 5 0.06%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Barfield won re-election to the 58th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Louis Fonzie (D).

Barfield raised $76,715 for his campaign, while Fonzie raised $2,375.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 58 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Liston Barfield (R) 7,946
Louis Fonzie (D) 5,716

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barfield is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Barfield raised a total of $408,292 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[6]

Liston Barfield's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $47,782
2010 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $39,143
2008 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $76,715
2006 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $74,595
2004 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $21,435
2002 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $57,004
2000 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $34,111
1998 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $26,321
1996 South Carolina State House, District 58 Won $31,186
Grand Total Raised $408,292

2012

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $47,782.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Liston Barfield's campaign in 2012
Grand Strand Business Association$2,000
Grand Strand Restaurant PAC$2,000
Grand Strand Golf PAC$2,000
Farago, Paul R$1,000
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$47,782
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $39,143.

2008

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $76,715.

2006

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $74,595.

2004

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $21,435.

2002

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $57,004.

2000

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $34,111.

1998

Barfield won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $26,321.

1996

Barfield won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Barfield raised a total of $31,186.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Liston Barfield endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [7] He previously endorsed Rick Perry.[8]

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."[9]

  • 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.[10] 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.[11] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[12] The legislature re-convened July 26.[13]

  • 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."[14]

2012

Liston Barfield received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 25th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives Boyd Brown (27%), Derham Cole, Jr. (27%), and Bill Crosby (27%).[16]

Personal

Barfield and his wife, Norma Jean, have two children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 58
1996–present
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