Peter McCoy

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Peter McCoy
Peter McCoy, Jr.jpg
South Carolina House District 115
Incumbent
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHampden-Sydney College, 2001
J.D.Regent University, 2005
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Peter M. McCoy, Jr. (b. August 20, 1978) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 115. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

McCoy was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. McCoy was defeated in the Republican primary on March 19, 2013.[1][2]

Biography

McCoy received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College in 2001 and his J.D. from Regent University in 2005.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McCoy 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 Peter McCoy ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

McCoy ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[6] McCoy was defeated in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[2][1][7]

Former Governor Mark Sanford (R) won the primary and the general election. He was considered the front runner due to name recognition from his governorship and his previous tenure in this seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, which he held for three terms prior to being elected governor. and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. His ability to fundraise quickly and his $120,000 remaining in an account from a previous campaign provided a financial advantage in the race as well.[8] The district leans Republican.[9] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[10]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 36.9% 19,854
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Bostic 13.3% 7,168
Ric Bryant 0.2% 87
Larry Grooms 12.4% 6,673
Jonathan Hoffman 0.7% 360
Jeff King 0.4% 211
John Kuhn 6.5% 3,479
Tim Larkin 0.7% 393
Harry "Chip" Limehouse 6.1% 3,279
Peter McCoy 1.6% 867
Elizabeth Moffly 1% 530
Ray Nash 4.7% 2,508
Andy Patrick 7% 3,783
Shawn Pinkston 0.3% 154
Keith Blandford 0.4% 195
Teddy Turner 7.9% 4,252
Total Votes 53,793
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[1]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

McCoy ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, and won in the general election on November 6.[11][12]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 115, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter McCoy Incumbent 67.9% 11,462
     Democratic Carol Tempel 31.9% 5,388
     Other Write-Ins 0.2% 39
Total Votes 16,889

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

McCoy won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives.[13] He defeated incumbent Anne Peterson Hutto (D) and Eugene Platt (G) in the November 2 general election.

McCoy did not have any opposition in June 8 primary.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 115 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Peter McCoy (R) 5,801 47.01%
Anne Peterson Hutto (D) 5,345 43.32%
Eugene Platt (G) 1188 9.63%
Write-In 5 0.04%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCoy is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, McCoy raised a total of $196,958 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[14]

Peter McCoy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 115 Won $85,562
2010 South Carolina State House, District 115 Won $111,396
Grand Total Raised $196,958

2012

McCoy won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $85,562.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter McCoy's campaign in 2012
House Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Charleston County Republican Party$1,250
Uricchio Howe Krell Jacobson Toporek Theos & Keith$1,100
Querry, O G$1,000
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$85,562
Source:Follow the Money

2010

McCoy won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $111,396.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Peter McCoy endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [15]

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.

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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."[16]

  • 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.[17] 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.[18] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[19] The legislature re-convened July 26.[20]

  • 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."[21]

2012

Peter McCoy received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 64th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[22] His score was followed by representatives Joseph McEachern (20%), Chris Murphy (20%), and James Neal (20%).[23]

Personal

McCoy was married in 2010 to Jennifer Blanchard.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 SC Votes, "March 19 Special Primary Election," accessed March 19, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 South Carolina Radio Network, "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013 (dead link)
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  4. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official general election results," accessed November 13, 2014
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. Washington Post, "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  7. South Carolina Republican Party Website, "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  8. Roll Call, "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  9. Salon.com, "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  10. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  11. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  12. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 25, 2012
  13. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  14. followthemoney.org, "McCoy, Peter," accessed July 11, 2013
  15. Newt Gingrich 2012, "Newt 2012 Announces SC Rep. Peter McCoy as Lowcountry Chairman," December 29, 2011
  16. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  17. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  18. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  19. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  20. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  21. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  22. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  23. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Anne Peterson Hutto (D)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 115
2010–present
Succeeded by
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