Bill Sandifer, III

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Bill Sandifer, III
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South Carolina House District 2
Incumbent
In office
1994 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 20
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
William E. "Bill" Sandifer, III (b. February 21, 1945) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994. He served as the Assistant Majority Leader of the Republican Caucus from 2002 to 2004.

Biography

Sandifer earned his degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1965. He worked as President, Owner and Operator of Seneca Mortuary from 1970 to 1998. Sandifer served in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a Major from 1966 to 1986.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Commerce and Industry, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sandifer 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Bill Sandifer, III was unopposed in the Republican primary. Sandifer is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sandifer was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sandifer, III Incumbent 73.3% 10,491
     Republican Ed Rumsey 26.4% 3,777
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 51
Total Votes 14,319

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sandifer defeated Jonathan Redmond in the June 8 Republican primary for District 2 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Sandifer won in the general election on November 2. He ran unopposed.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 2 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Sandifer (R) 8,882 98.49%
Write-In 136 1.51%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 13,385 votes. He ran unopposed for District 2. 

Sandifer raised $183,413 for his campaign.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Sandifer, III (R) 13,385

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sandifer is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Sandifer raised a total of $880,551 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[6]

Bill Sandifer, III's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $183,209
2010 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $177,197
2008 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $183,413
2006 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $74,682
2004 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $50,049
2002 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $84,787
2000 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $56,790
1998 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $51,738
1996 South Carolina State House, District 2 Won $18,686
Grand Total Raised $880,551

2012

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $183,209.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Sandifer, III's campaign in 2012
House Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Palmetto Business Council$2,000
At&T$2,000
South Carolina Healthcare Association$2,000
Williams, Kathryn$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$183,209
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $177,197.

2008

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $183,413.

2006

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $74,682.

2004

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $50,049.

2002

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $84,787.

2000

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $56,790.

1998

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $51,738.

1996

Sandifer won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Sandifer raised a total of $18,686.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Bill Sandifer, III endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

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.

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 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."[13]

2012

Bill Sandifer, III received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 42nd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[14] His score was followed by representatives George Smith, Jr. (27%), J. Roland Smith (27%), and Mike Sottile (27%).[15]

Personal

Sandifer and his wife, Sandra, have four children.

Controversies

Ports Authority trip

Sandifer was one of several South Carolina lawmakers who traveled to Panama in September 2010 for a three-day trip paid for by the South Carolina State Ports Authority, even though he's a member of a commission that oversees the authority. At least $29,000 was spent on the Ports Authority-sponsored junket, which sought to promote South Carolina ports to Panama Canal officials. Information gathered by The Nerve showed that the authority covered most of the costs for the seven-member legislative group, which included five legislators - Sandifer; Sen. Lawrence Grooms, R-Berkeley; Sen. Phillip Shoopman, R-Greenville; Rep. J. David Weeks, D-Sumter, and then-Rep. Harry Cato, R-Greenville. Sandifer spent an extra day in Panama, after he was injured in his hotel room, according to Ports Authority spokesman Byron Miller.[16]

Salary

According to an October, 2010, report by The Nerve, Sandifer recorded salary and expenses of $102,226 for the 2.5-year period from Januaray 1, 2008, through mid 2010, making him the fifth-highest-compensated legislator in South Carolina during that period.[17]

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References

  1. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  2. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  3. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  4. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 18, 2012
  5. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  6. followthemoney.org, "Sandifer III, William E (Bill)," accessed June 28, 2013
  7. Race 4 2012, "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  8. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  9. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  10. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  11. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  12. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  13. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  14. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  15. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. The Nerve, "Ports Authority Spends 29K on Panama Trip," January 26, 2011
  17. The Nerve, "Lawmakers Cost Taxpayers Millions," October 6, 2010
Political offices
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 2
1994–present
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