André Bauer

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Andre Bauer
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
87th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
2003-2011
Education
High schoolIrmo High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina
Personal
BirthdayMarch 20, 1969
Place of birthCharleston, South Carolina
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Andre Bauer was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of South Carolina.[1]

At 41, Bauer was one of the youngest lieutenant governors in the United States. Bauer was a State Senator from Lexington before being inaugurated as South Carolina's 84th lieutenant governor on Jan. 15, 2003. He also ran for the Republican nomination in the 2010 gubernatorial election in South Carolina but came in fourth in the primary.[2] The race then went to a runoff between State Representative Nikki Haley and Congressman J. Gresham Barrett.

Biography

Bauer was born in Charleston on March 20, 1969. He is the son of William R. Bauer and Saundrea Jill Bauer and is a graduate of both Irmo High School and the University of South Carolina, where he was a varsity male cheerleader and a member of the Rho-Omega chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Before his election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996, Bauer was a self-employed businessman in the retail sector, selling sports merchandise to national franchise stores like Wal-Mart. In 1999, Bauer was elected to the South Carolina State Senate in a special election. He was then re-elected in the 2000 general election and served in the state Senate until his inauguration as Lieutenant Governor. He defeated fellow state Senator Phil Leventis, a Democrat from Sumter, in the 2002 general election for lieutenant governor with more than 52 percent of the vote.[3]

Personal life and community involvement

Bauer is a major in the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol. He has been recognized for his support of military families while in office, including his endorsement of the Military Relief Fund, which offers financial assistance to the families of reservists and guardsmen who have been called to active duty as a result of the Iraq War.

Bauer has also been a Junior Achievement teacher and is a current member of the following boards: the Lake Murray Tourism and Recreation Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Columbia Visitor's Bureau, the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce and the Sons of the American Revolution.

In 2001, Bauer was recognized as Alumnus of the Year for the University of South Carolina College of Applied Professional Science.

Bauer is single and does not have children. He is member of Union United Methodist Church.

Lieutenant Governor

Gov. Mark Sanford and Bauer have generally had little contact with one another on a day-to-day basis. Not only are the governor and lieutenant governor of South Carolina elected on separate tickets, keeping them generally apart on the campaign trail, but according to some sources, including opinion pieces in several state newspapers, the two men don't even like each other.

Controversy

As South Carolina’s lieutenant governor, Bauer earns $46,545 annually. However, he is also paid for his role as president of the S.C. Senate. Over a 2.5-year period from Jan. 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010, Bauer was paid a total of $27,650 as the Senate president, Senate records show. Combined with his salary as lieutenant governor, Bauer earned at least $144,000 during the period, according to an Oct. 12, 2010, report in The Nerve.[4]

Of Bauer's total Senate compensation, $22,925, or 83 percent, was “subsistence” payments, according to Senate records. That money is supposed to be used to reimburse lawmakers for hotels and meals while they are on official legislative business, which generally occurs in Columbia while the Legislature is in session, The Nerve reported.[5] Whether Bauer really needed the subsistence payments is a matter of debate.

South Carolina lawmakers aren’t automatically given subsistence payments; instead, during the typical five-month legislative session, they request whether they want the full daily $131 payment, part of it, or none of it for being in Columbia on session days. And they don’t have to provide any documentation detailing hotel or meal expenses, The Nerve reported. Bauer had earlier told The Nerve that he lived in Greenville County when questioned about his subsistence expenses and other Senate payments.

“I’m registered to vote in Greenville, and my driver’s license (listing a home address) is in Greenville,” he told the investigative website, adding his Facebook page also lists a Greenville-area address. Greenville County property tax records list his Greer home as his legal residence since at least July 2009.

After the Sept. 27 phone interview, however, The Nerve learned that Bauer has owned a condominium in downtown Columbia since May 2008, Richland County records show. The Columbia condo is located less than a half mile from the State House. Records show that Bauer owned the condo while he was receiving most of the nearly $23,000 in subsistence payments, according to The Nerve.[6]

Speeding controversy

In 2006, Bauer was involved in a controversy over his history of speeding tickets and related driving charges, and whether he received favorable treatment due to his office.[7] Eventually, Bauer agreed to walk to work each day instead of driving a state vehicle.[8]

Airplane crash

On May 23, 2006, Bauer was injured in a single-engine airplane crash shortly after taking off from a small airfield in Blacksburg, South Carolina.[9] Bauer, who was the pilot of the Mooney M20E single-prop airplane, and his passenger escaped the wreckage with minor injuries before the plane caught fire.

"Stray Animals" Comments

While running for governor in January 2010, Bauer made controversial statements comparing poor people to "feeding stray animals" at a campaign event. "My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals," said Bauer. "You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better." Bauer made the comments while arguing that people should lose government benefits if they fail drug tests or fail to attend parent-teacher meetings.[10]

Lt. Governor's Office on Aging

Lieutenant Governor Bauer's position at the Office on Aging is largely ceremonial, though he does exercise executive authority over major decisions. He appoints the Director of the Office on Aging (Curtis M Loftis, Jr.) and approves the budget and other major decisions. He is the prime advocate and spokesman for the Seniors of South Carolina. The office administers approximately $39 million in funds, and directs the Aging Network of South Carolina, which is present in each of the 46 counties. The Office on Aging is located in the Wilbur Smith building on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia.

2006 election

Bauer faced two primary challenges for re-election and a general election in 2006.

The first challenge was launched by Mike Campbell, son of legendary former Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. (R). Bauer also faced Dr. Henry Jordan, founder of the South Carolina branch of the Christian Coalition. During the primaries, Bauer portrayed himself as the underdog in this three-way race, despite being an incumbent. His opponents outspent him 3 to 1 in the campaigns.

In the course of the campaign, Campbell received the endorsements of former President George H.W. Bush, a friend of his well-respected father, and First Lady Jenny Sanford, the wife of Governor Mark Sanford.

The primary of June 13, 2006, ended with Mike Campbell receiving 47 percent of the vote, Andre Bauer 37 percent, and Henry Jordan 18 percent. As Campbell did not win a majority, he faced Bauer in a runoff election on June 27 for the Republican nomination. Bauer won the runoff with slightly over 51 percent of vote.

He then narrowly defeated Democrat Robert A. Barber, Jr., a former state representative, attorney and lobbyist in the General Election. Bauer received 543,414 votes (50.08%), while Barber received 540,306 votes (49.79%).[11]

2008 Presidential endorsement

On Thursday, January 17, Lt. Governor Bauer announced his support for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with the following statement: "I, like many voters, have been previously undecided, but this election is too important to sit on the sidelines. This week, I have decided to vote for Mike Huckabee, and I urge all South Carolinians to join me in voting for Mike Huckabee this Saturday. Simply put, I believe Mike Huckabee is the best of several fine candidates to lead America. As America faced tough times, Mike Huckabee has the character, integrity, and proven leadership to ensure our greatest days are yet to come."[12]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

André Bauer endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [13]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bauer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 7th District. Bauer defeated Jay Jordan, Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Chad Prosser, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12. He was defeated by Tom Rice (SC) in the runoff election on June 26.[14]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rice Incumbent 56.1% 16,844
Andre Bauer 43.9% 13,173
Total Votes 30,017

Effect of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in South Carolina

The 7th District was added following the results of the 2010 census. According to the Washington Post, despite Republican-controlled redistricting decisions, this district is a battleground for Democrats and Republicans seeking control of the U.S. House. With Republican front-runner Thad Viers deciding not to run and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th is a swing district this year.[15]

Endorsements

Media


"Andre Bauer in DC"

"Carolina This Week"

2010

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[18]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Nikki R. Haley (R) 48.9%[19]
Gresham Barrett (R) 21.8%
Henry McMaster (R) 16.9%
Andre Bauer (R) 12.5%
Total votes 422,251

Polls

2012 election

A Francis Marion University/SCNOW.com poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Bauer with a slim lead over the rest of the candidate field.[20]

South Carolina's Congressional District 7, 2012
Poll Andre Bauer (R) Tom Rice (R)Chad Prosser (R)Jay Jordan (R)Katherine Jenerette (R)Dick Withington (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
[1]
(May 14-15, 2012)
22%21%8%5%4%2%35%+/-3.8641
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Florence Forum

On May 14, 2012, the 7th congressional candidates attended a forum that was followed by a post-debate poll. Then, Jay Jordan won the poll with 49 percent of the votes. Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer followed with 23 percent, and Chad Prosser came in third with 11 percent. Tom Rice garnered nine percent of the votes, and Randal Wallace ended the night with three percent.[21]

Campaign donors

2012

As of March 31, 2012, Bauer raised $424,843 during the 2012 election cycle, and spent $103,829, leaving him with $321,014 cash on hand. Of that, 62 percent came from individual contributions, 35 percent came from candidate self-financing, while 3 percent were PAC contributions.[22]

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References

  1. CarolinaLive.com, "André Bauer to formally announce run for Congress" accessed May 19, 2012
  2. Congressional Quarterly Politics, "Barrett Touts $300K Quarter for South Carolina Gov Bid," April 9, 2009
  3. OurCampaigns.com: SC Lt. Governor race, Nov. 5, 2002
  4. Lt. Gov. Bauer Paid from Two Taxpayer Pots, The Nerve, Oct. 12, 2010
  5. Lt. Gov. Bauer Paid from Two Taxpayer Pots, The Nerve, Oct. 12, 2010
  6. Lt. Gov. Bauer Paid from Two Taxpayer Pots, The Nerve, Oct. 12, 2010
  7. WIS News 10
  8. ABC News: Huckabee Endorsed By Controversial S.C. Politician
  9. WLTX
  10. CBSNews.com, "S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Compares Helping Poor to Feeding Stray Animals" accessed May 19, 2012
  11. OurCampaigns.com 2006 SC Lt. Governor race
  12. SC Lt. Gov. Endorses Mike Huckabee
  13. FITSNews, "Andre Bauer Endorses Newt Gingrich," November 28, 2011
  14. WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  15. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  16. Roll Call, "South Carolina: André Bauer Gets Mike Huckabee Endorsement, TV Ad" accessed June 10, 2012
  17. CarolinaLive.com, "Wilkes withdraws, endorses Bauer for 7th Congressional race" accessed May 23, 2012
  18. South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary
  19. Even though Nikki Haley received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by South Carolina state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  20. SCNOW.com, "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll" accessed May 19, 2012
  21. scnow.com, "Florence's Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School" accessed May 31, 2012
  22. opensecrets.org Accessed May 19, 2012

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