Nelson Hardwick

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Nelson Hardwick
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South Carolina House District 106
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sClemson University, 1973
Master'sClemson University, 1977
Personal
ProfessionEngineering Consulting
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Nelson L. Hardwick (b. September 19, 1951) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 106. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Hardwick earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University in 1973. He went on to receive his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University in 1977. Hardwick was an Engineering Manager for Grand Strand Water and Sewer from 1978 to 1980. He has been self-employed in the field of Engineering Consulting and Real Estate Investment since 1980.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hardwick 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Nelson Hardwick ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hardwick defeated Rod Smith (South Carolina) in the Republican primary on June 12 and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 106, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNelson Hardwick Incumbent 99.5% 14,709
     Other Write-Ins 0.5% 79
Total Votes 14,788
South Carolina House of Representatives District 106 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNelson Hardwick Incumbent 69.6% 2,378
Rod Smith 30.4% 1,038
Total Votes 3,416

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hardwick defeated Mande Wilkes in the June 8 Republican primary for District 106 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 2,519-2,112. Hardwick won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[7]

House of Representatives Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nelson Hardwick(Incumbent) 2,519
Mande Wilkes 2,112
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 106 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nelson Hardwick (R) 11,139 99.52%
Write-In 54 0.48%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Hardwick won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 14,774 votes, representing District 106. 

Hardwick raised $10,400 for his campaign.[8]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 106 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nelson Hardwick (R) 14,774

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hardwick is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Hardwick raised a total of $221,944 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[9]

Nelson Hardwick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 106 Won $76,776
2010 South Carolina State House, District 106 Won $64,568
2008 South Carolina State House, District 106 Won $10,400
2006 South Carolina State House, District 106 Won $14,700
2004 South Carolina State House, District 106 Won $55,500
Grand Total Raised $221,944

2012

Hardwick won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hardwick raised a total of $76,776.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nelson Hardwick's campaign in 2012
Republican Caucus Campaign$5,000
South Carolina Farm Bureau$2,000
Scana Corp$2,000
Duke Energy$2,000
Burroughs & Chapin$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$76,776
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Hardwick won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hardwick raised a total of $64,568.

2008

Hardwick won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Hardwick raised a total of $10,400.

2006

Hardwick won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Hardwick raised a total of $14,700.

2004

Hardwick won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Hardwick raised a total of $55,500.

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.
  • 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.[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 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."[15]

2012

Nelson Hardwick received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 31st out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[16] His score was followed by representatives Phyllis Henderson (27%), Davey Hiott (27%), and Bill Hixon (27%).[17]

Personal

Hardwick and his wife, Marty, have three children.

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References

  1. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  2. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official general election results," accessed November 13, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  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 24, 2012
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official Primary Results," June 29, 2012
  7. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  8. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  9. followthemoney.org, "Hardwick, Nelson," accessed July 10, 2013
  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 April 11, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 106
2004–present
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