Eric Bikas

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Eric Bikas
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South Carolina House District 26
Retired
In office
2010 - 2012
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
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Eric Bikas (b. August 13, 1986) is a former Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 26 from 2010-2012.

Bikas won election to represent District 26 in the November 2, 2010, state legislative elections.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

  • Subcommittee on Higher Education
  • Subcommittee on Motor Vehicles and Public Works

Controversies

Two month absence

On March 28, 2012, it was reported that Bikas had not been to the Statehouse for two months because his district was eliminated during redistricting and that he no longer felt he represented anyone.[1] Bikas stated, "In January I was asked to leave because when the redistricting occurred, I ended up without a district." He said the request to leave came from the sergeant-at-arms at the request of Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (R).[2]

State House Spokesman Greg Foster said Bikas was asked to leave due to dress code violations when he showed up wearing khakis, tennis shoes and a golf shirt, rather than a jacket and tie. Bikas responded that if it was over a minor issue such as that, Harrell would have talked to him personally on an informal level. Bikas said he believes the real reason he was asked was due to his vocal criticism of a spending bill he was supposed to win votes for and his opinion on the method of choosing a chair for the House Ways and Means committee. Soon after, Bikas said, he lost all of his committee assignments.

Foster said Harrell's attempts to contact Bikas have been unsuccessful, while Bikas said he is trying to make sense of what's going on and will return to work. "For the past six weeks, I've been trying to figure out if I am a legislator or not. I've been writing down dates that things happened and put it into perspective," he said.[3]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

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

Eric Bikas endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bikas did not seek re-election in 2012.[3]

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bikas won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Judy Gilstrap (D) in the November 2 general election[5].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 26 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Bikas (R) 5,212 65.97%
Judy Gilstrap (D) 2,676 33.87%
Write-In 13 0.16%

Campaign donors

2010

Bikas raised $32,415 in the 2010 election cycle.

He major contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
House Republican Caucus of South Carolina $10,000
Eric Bikas $9,500
9 individual donations each of: $1,000

Scorecards

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]

2012

Eric Bikas received a score of 7% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 108th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[8] His score was followed by representatives Curtis Brantley (7%), Grady Brown (7%), and Robert L. Brown (7%).[9]

Personal

Bikas is single.

Eric Bikas now owns two restaurants in upstate South Carolina, named after him.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rex Rice (R)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 26
2010–2012
Succeeded by
R. Raye Felder (R)