Phillip Shoopman

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Phillip Shoopman
Phillip shoopman.jpg
South Carolina State Senate District 5
In office
Elections and appointments
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives
Bachelor'sPurdue University, 1992
Master'sPurdue University, 1994
Date of birthNovember 21, 1968
Place of birthLouisville, Kentucky
Office website
Phillip Shoopman (b. November 21, 1968) is a former Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate from 2008-2012.

Shoopman served in the South Carolina State House from 2006 to 2008. He joined the South Carolina State Senate in 2008 and has served in that position since. He represents the 5th District.

Shoopman works as a professional engineer.

Shoopman received his BSME from Purdue University in 1992. He then earned his MSE in 1994.

Shoopman was one of several South Carolina lawmakers who traveled to Panama in September 2010 for a three-day trip paid for by the South Carolina State Ports Authority, even though he's a member of a commission that oversees the authority.[1] At least $29,000 was spent on the Ports Authority-sponsored junket, which sought to promote South Carolina ports to Panama Canal officials.[2] Information gathered by the investigative journalism website The Nerve showed that the authority covered most of the costs for the seven-member legislative group, which included five legislators - Shoopman; Lawrence Grooms, R-Berkeley; Rep. Bill Sandifer, III, R-Oconee; Rep. J. David Weeks, D-Sumter, and then-Rep. Harry Cato, R-Greenville.[3]

Committee assignments


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


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



On November 4, 2008, Martin won election for District 5 of the South Carolina State Senate with 38,660 votes, ahead of write-ins (318).[4]

Martin raised $54,615 for his campaign.[5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 5
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Shoopman (R) 38,660
Write-ins 318

Campaign donors


Shoopman raised $54,615 in the 2008 election cycle.

Twenty-six individuals and organizations each donated $1,000, the largest individual donation amount Shoopman received, to his campaign.[6]


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."[7]


Phillip Shoopman received a score of 41% in the 2012 score card, ranking 11th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[8] His score was followed by Senators George Campsen (35%), Daniel Verdin (35%), and John E. Courson (29%).[9]


Shoopman and his wife Dawn have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis Vaughn
South Carolina State Senate - District 5
Succeeded by
Tom Corbin (R)