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Phyllis Henderson
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South Carolina House District 21
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedDecember 14, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Cincinnati, 1982
Master'sIndiana University, 1984
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Campaign website
Phyllis Henderson (b. November 14, 1959) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on December 14, 2010.


Henderson received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 and her M.P.A. from Indiana University in 1984.

She has worked as a Management Analyst for the City of Greenville and served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Henderson also worked as campaign manager for the Jim DeMint for Congress campaign in 1988.

Committee assignments


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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
Operations and Management


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



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Phyllis Henderson defeated Steve Mauriello in the Republican primary. Henderson is unopposed in the general election.[1]Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Henderson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election November 6.[2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Henderson Incumbent 98.9% 15,865
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 175
Total Votes 16,040


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Henderson defeated Susan Scarborough Smith (D) in the December 14, 2010, special election to South Carolina House of Representatives District 21.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Henderson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Henderson raised a total of $59,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[4]

Phyllis Henderson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 21 Won $59,092
Grand Total Raised $59,092


Henderson won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Henderson raised a total of $59,092.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phyllis Henderson's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Orthopedic Association$2,000
South Carolina Optometric Association$1,000
Southeastern Spine Institute$1,000
Michelin North America$1,000
Lawrence, Rachel$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$59,092
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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."[5]

  • 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.


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.[6] 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.[7] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[8] The legislature re-convened July 26.[9]

  • 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."[10]


Phyllis Henderson received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 32nd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[11] Her score was followed by representatives Davey Hiott (27%), Bill Hixon (27%), and Jenny Horne (27%).[12]


Henderson is married to Richard. They have three children.

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Preceded by
William Wylie
South Carolina House of Representatives District 21
Succeeded by