Michael Pitts

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Michael Pitts
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South Carolina House District 14
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sGreenville Technical College, 1978
Bachelor'sLander University, 1985
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Michael A. Pitts (b. December 31, 1955) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Pitts earned his A.S. from Greenville Technical College in 1978 and his B.S. from Lander University in 1985. Pitts worked as a Greenville Policeman and is now retired. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1981 to 1987.

Pitts has served as Vice-Chair of the Laurens County Council since 1997.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics, Secretary
Ways and Means, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Michael Pitts was unopposed in the Republican primary. Pitts is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pitts ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Pitts Incumbent 62.6% 9,755
     Democratic Ed Taylor 37.3% 5,807
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 14
Total Votes 15,576

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pitts ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 14 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Pitts defeated Dan Curry (L) in the general election on November 2[5].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 14 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Pitts (R) 7,134 88.54%
Dan Curry (L) 895 11.11%
Write-In 28 0.35%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Pitts won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 11,196 votes, representing District 14. 

Pitts raised $26,150 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 14 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Pitts (R) 11,196

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pitts is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pitts raised a total of $232,276 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[7]

Michael Pitts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 14 Won $60,250
2010 South Carolina State House, District 14 Won $39,150
2008 South Carolina State House, District 14 Won $26,150
2006 South Carolina State House, District 14 Won $47,446
2004 South Carolina State House, District 14 Won $17,124
2002 South Carolina State House, District 14 Won $42,156
Grand Total Raised $232,276

2012

Pitts won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $60,250.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Pitts's campaign in 2012
Republican Caucus$5,000
Hmr Veterans Services$1,000
Carolina Commerce Fund$1,000
South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants$1,000
Grand Strand Restaurant PAC$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$60,250
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pitts won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $39,150.

2008

Pitts won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $26,150.

2006

Pitts won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $47,446.

2004

Pitts won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $17,124.

2002

Pitts won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Pitts raised a total of $42,156.

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."[8]

  • 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.[9] 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.[10] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[11] The legislature re-convened July 26.[12]

  • 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."[13]

2012

Michael Pitts received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 69th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[14] His score was followed by representatives Tommy Pope (20%), Ronnie Sabb (20%), and James E. Smith, Jr. (20%).[15]

Personal

Pitts and his wife, Susan, have three children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 14
2002–present
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