David Thomas (South Carolina)

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David Thomas
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South Carolina State Senate District 8
In office
Elections and appointments
Last election2012
First elected1984
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Greenville City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1971
Master'sTexas Christian University, 1979
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1995
OtherM.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1975
Date of birthSeptember 10, 1949
Place of birthSeneca, SC
Office website
David Thomas (b. September 10, 1949) is a former Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate representing the 8th District from 1984-2012.

Thomas was on the Greenville City Council from 1979 to 1984. He was Mayor Pro Temp from 1983 to 1984. He joined the South Carolina State Senate in 1984 and served there until his primary defeat in 2012.

Thomas is the President of Copy Cat, Incorporated. He is currently an attorney as well.

Thomas earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte in 1971. He went on to receive his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1975. He then earned his M.A. from Texas Christian University in 1979. He received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1995.

Thomas was considered one of the most conservative senators in the South Carolina State Senate during his tenure.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Thomas was eliminated in the June 12 Republican primary by Ross Turner and Joseph Swann who advanced to a runoff.[1][2][3]

South Carolina State Senate District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Swann 27.4% 2,019
Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Turner 26.5% 1,953
David Thomas Incumbent 20.5% 1,509
Jim Lee 17.1% 1,261
Chad Groover 8.4% 615
Total Votes 7,357


Thomas won re-election for District 8 of the South Carolina State Senate with 40,988, ahead of 494 write-ins.[4]

Thomas raised $41,647 for his campaign.[5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 8
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Thomas 40,988
Write-ins 494

Campaign donors


Thomas raised $41,647 in the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributor is listed below. He received 22 individual contribution of $1,000 each, his next largest contribution amount.[6]

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina $2,025


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."[7]


David Thomas received a score of 47% in the 2012 score card, ranking 8th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[8] His score was followed by Senators Lawrence Grooms (41%), A. Shane Massey (41%), and Phillip Shoopman (41%).[9]


Due to a state law passed in 2002, which allows legislators who have served 30 years to receive a taxpayer-funded pension rather than a salary, Thomas was able to begin collecting his pension in January 2005 without leaving office. His salary at the time was $10,400, while the annual pension was $32,390.[10]


Thomas has a wife, Fran.

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Carolina State Senate - District 8
Succeeded by
Ross Turner (R)