Robert Brown, South Carolina Representative

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Robert Brown
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South Carolina House District 116
Incumbent
In office
2000 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 14
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sTrident Technical College, 1976
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Robert L. Brown (b. July 24, 1950) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 116. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Biography

Brown earned his A.S. from Trident Technical College in 1976. He went on to attend the Barber College of Charleston in 1979. He then attended the Charleston Southern University Entrepreneur Program in 1995. He formerly worked as a Submarine Electrical System Inspector but is now retired. He is currently a Businessman and President/Chief Executive Officer of Brown & Stewart Incorporated. Brown served in Vietnam in the United States Army from 1970 to 1971.

Brown served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the Town of Hollywood, South Carolina from 1990 to 1993. He then served as Councilman for the Town of Hollywood from 1993 to 1999. From 1995 to 1999, he was Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Town of Hollywood.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works, Vice Chair
Invitations and Memorial Resolutions

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brown 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 Robert L. Brown was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Carroll O'Neal was unopposed in the Republican primary. Brown defeated O'Neal in the general election.[1][2][3]

South Carolina State House, District 116, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Brown Incumbent 55.5% 6,453
     Republican Carroll O'Neal 44.5% 5,176
Total Votes 11,629

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Brown ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 116, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Brown Incumbent 98% 11,521
     Other Write-Ins 2% 234
Total Votes 11,755

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Brown defeated Benjamin Ward, Jr. in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 116 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 1,593-694. Brown defeated Sean Pike (R) in the general election on November 2.[5]

House of Representatives Democratic Primary(2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Brown (Incumbent) 1,593
Benjamin Ward, Jr. 694
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 116 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Brown (D) 6,344 55.54%
Sean Pike (R) 5,068 44.37%
Write-In 11 0.10%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Brown won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 11,897 votes, representing District 116. 

Brown raised $2,150 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 116 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Brown (D) 11,897

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brown is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Brown raised a total of $88,831 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[7]

Robert Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 116 Won $4,137
2010 South Carolina State House, District 116 Won $10,975
2008 South Carolina State House, District 116 Won $2,150
2006 South Carolina State House, District 116 Won $31,640
2004 South Carolina State House, District 116 Won $11,168
2002 South Carolina State House, District 116 Won $12,080
2000 South Carolina State House, District 116 Won $16,681
Grand Total Raised $88,831

2012

Brown won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $4,137.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Brown, South Carolina Representative's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Trucking Association$500
Wal-Mart$500
Berkeley Electric Cooperative$500
South Carolina Chiropractic Association$300
At&T$300
Total Raised in 2012$4,137
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Brown won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $10,975.

2008

Brown won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $2,150.

2006

Brown won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $31,640.

2004

Brown won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $11,168.

2002

Brown won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $12,080.

2000

Brown won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $16,681.

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."[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

Robert L. Brown received a score of 7% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 111th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[14] His score was followed by representatives Tracy Edge (7%), Wendell Gilliard (7%), and Christopher Hart (7%).[15]

Personal

Brown and his wife, Alfreda, have two children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 116
2000–present
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