William Bowers

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William Bowers
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South Carolina House District 122
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sClemson University, 1974
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1980
Ph.D.University of South Carolina, 1984
Personal
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William K. "Bill" Bowers (b. July 25, 1952) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 122. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Biography

Bowers earned his B.S. from Clemson University in 1974. He went on to receive his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1980 and 1994, respectively. Bowers has worked as Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina-Salk. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Commerce and Industry

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bowers 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 will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Bill Bowers defeated Curtis Brantley in the Democratic primary. Grady Woods was unopposed in the Republican primary, but withdrew after the primary. Bowers is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 122 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Bowers Incumbent 57.8% 4,110
Curtis Brantley 42.2% 3,003
Total Votes 7,113

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bowers won in the 2012 election for South Carolina House of Representatives District 122. He defeated incumbent Curtis Brantley in the Democratic primary on June 12. Bowers won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 122, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Bowers 99.6% 13,559
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 48
Total Votes 13,607
South Carolina House of Representatives District 122 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Bowers 56.6% 3,421
Curtis Brantley Incumbent 43.4% 2,627
Total Votes 6,048

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bowers ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 120 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Bowers defeated Dan Lawrence (R) in the general election on November 2.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 120 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png William Bowers (D) 6,920 64.45%
Dan Lawrence (R) 3,810 35.48%
Write-In 7 0.07%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Bowers won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 11,363 votes, representing District 120. 

Bowers raised $17,749 for his campaign.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 120 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Bowers (D) 11,363

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bowers is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Bowers raised a total of $164,219 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[8]

William Bowers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 122 Won $13,499
2010 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $12,524
2008 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $17,749
2006 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $38,870
2004 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $12,256
2002 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $16,105
2000 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $27,650
1998 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $5,939
1996 South Carolina State House, District 120 Won $19,627
Grand Total Raised $164,219

2012

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $13,499.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Bowers's campaign in 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina$1,000
Palmetto Bus Council$1,000
Myrtle Beach Lodging Association$1,000
Parker, John$1,000
South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association$999
Total Raised in 2012$13,499
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $12,524.

2008

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $17,749.

2006

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $38,870.

2004

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $12,256.

2002

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $16,105.

2000

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $27,650.

1998

Bowers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $5,939.

1996

Bowers won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Bowers raised a total of $19,627.

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."[9]

  • 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.[10] 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.[11] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[12] The legislature re-convened July 26.[13]

  • 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."[14]

2012

William Bowers received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 83rd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives Lester Branham, Jr. (13%), Mia Butler Garrick (13%), and William Clyburn, Sr. (13%).[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Curtis Brantley (D)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 122
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 120
1996–2012
Succeeded by
Weston Newton (R)