Edward Southard

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Edward Southard
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South Carolina House District 100
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedSeptember 27, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
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Edward L. Southard is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 100. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on September 27, 2011. The special election held to fill the vacancy created when C. David Umphlett, Jr. (R) died on May 29, 2011, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.[1]

Biography

Southard worked as the Berkeley County Planning Commission Chairman and owner of Cooper River Construction.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs

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 Edward Southard was unopposed in the Republican primary. Southard is unopposed in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Southard ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 100, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Southard Incumbent 68.2% 9,894
     Democratic Tonia Aiken-Taylor 31.7% 4,600
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 13
Total Votes 14,507

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Southard defeated Tonia Aiken-Taylor (D) in the September 27, 2011 special election. District 100 is in Berkeley County.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Southard is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Southard raised a total of $36,381 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[8]

Edward Southard's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 100 Won $19,718
2011 South Carolina State House, District 100 Won $16,663
Grand Total Raised $36,381

2012

Southard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Southard raised a total of $19,718.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Edward Southard's campaign in 2012
South Carolina House Republican Caucus$5,000
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
Palmetto Business Council$1,000
South Carolina Farm Bureau$1,000
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$19,718
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Southard won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2011. During that election cycle, Southard raised a total of $16,663.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in South Carolina

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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.

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 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."[14]

2012

Edward Southard received a score of 31% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 22nd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives Merita Ann Allison (27%), Bruce Bannister (27%), and Liston Barfield (27%).[16]

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References

  1. Live 5 News, "Moncks Corner Rep. Umphlett passes away," May 29, 2011
  2. The Berkeley Independent, "Southard, Aiken-Taylor to square off for House," July 5, 2011
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  4. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 24, 2012
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, "State House District 100 Special Election (Berkeley County)," July 29, 2011
  8. followthemoney.org, "Southard, Edward L," accessed July 10, 2013
  9. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  10. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  11. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  12. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  13. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  14. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  15. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  16. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
C. David Umphlett, Jr.
South Carolina House of Representatives District 100
2011–present
Succeeded by
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