Tom Davis (South Carolina)

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Tom Davis
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South Carolina State Senate District 46
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sFurman University, 1982
J.D.University of Maryland, 1985
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Tom Davis is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 46. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Davis earned his B.A. from Furman University in 1982 and his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1985.

Davis is the former Chief of Staff for South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. He is currently an attorney, working for Harvey & Battey.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Corrections and Penology
Banking and Insurance
Finance
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Transparency in incentives

In late 2010, Davis pre-filed a bill that would radically overhaul the awarding of economic development incentives and subsidies by state government. The bill was designed to improve analysis of costs and benefits related to awarding tax breaks to business and industry.

"I would rather not play that game," Davis said of such handouts. He said if the state is going to engage in what he describes as the government picking winners and losers, "I think there ought to be some very clear accountability."

As it stands, he said, "there’s really no formal due diligence" in the initial policy analysis nor is there a proper program evaluation to determine whether the incentive worked after the fact.

"All we do is mouth the words ‘it creates jobs’ and the analysis doesn’t really go beyond that," Davis said.[1]

The Finance Committee did not vote on the bill during the 2011-2012 legislative session.[2]

Spending cap

Davis visited a Midlands-area high school class to advocate for a cap on total spending in state government. He told the students that would prefer a spending ceiling based on population plus inflation growth. "Any money above and beyond that ought to be sent back to the private sector," he said.[3]


Davis speaking to a class.

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014

Davis was rumored to be a possible appointee to Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate seat. On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's seat beginning in January, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

Davis has said that he will not run against Scott in the special election in 2014.[8]

2013

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

Davis was rumored to be a potential candidate to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat previously held by Tim Scott (R), but on December 17th, 2012, he stated that he was not interested in replacing Scott.[9][10]

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Davis ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12][13]

South Carolina State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Davis Incumbent 98.9% 37,722
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 417
Total Votes 38,139

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Davis won re-election for District 46 of the South Carolina State Senate with 37,501 votes, ahead of Democrat Kent Fletcher (20,019) and write-ins (68).[14]

He raised $438,389 for his campaign, against $16,530 by Fletcher.[15]

South Carolina State Senate, District 46
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Davis (R) 37,501
Kent Fletcher (D) 20,019
Write-ins 68

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Davis is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Davis raised a total of $776,629 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[16]

Tom Davis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 46 Won $172,337
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 46 Not up for election $165,903
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 46 Won $438,389
Grand Total Raised $776,629

2012

Davis won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $172,337.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Davis (South Carolina)'s campaign in 2012
Davis, Thomas C$34,232
First Citizens Bank$9,750
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Castellani, Robert$3,000
Jones, William W$2,250
Total Raised in 2012$172,337
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Davis was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $165,903.

2008

Davis won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $438,389.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Tom Davis (South Carolina) endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

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."[18]

  • 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.[19] 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.[20] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[21] The legislature re-convened July 26.[22]

  • 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."[23]

2012

Tom Davis received a score of 71% in the 2012 score card, ranking 3rd out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[24] His score was followed by Senators Shane R. Martin (59%), Mike Rose (59%), and Michael Fair (53%).[25]

Personal

Davis and his wife, Reid, have three children.

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References

  1. The Nerve, "S.C. Bill Proposes Transparency in Incentives," December 22, 2010
  2. South Carolina General Assembly, 119th Session, 2011-2012, "S. 206," April 20, 2011
  3. The Nerve, "Davis: S.C. Needs a Spending Cap," May 25, 2011
  4. Roll Call, "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  5. Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  6. National Journal, "DeMint Resignation Sets Off South Carolina Scramble," December 6, 2012
  7. Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  8. Island Packet, "Patrick, Lotz mulling run for Scott's U.S. House seat," December 17, 2012
  9. Washington Post, "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  10. Island Packet, "Patrick, Lotz mulling run for Scott's U.S. House seat," December 17, 2012
  11. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  12. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  13. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  14. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Davis, Tom," accessed June 24, 2013
  17. Island Packet, "Sen. Tom Davis endorses Ron Paul in GOP race," January 16, 2012
  18. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  19. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  20. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  21. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  22. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  23. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  24. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  25. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Catherine Ceips
South Carolina State Senate - District 46
2008–present
Succeeded by
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