|South Carolina House District 26|
|2010 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bikas served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee on Higher Education
- Subcommittee on Motor Vehicles and Public Works
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. 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).
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.
Bikas did not seek re-election in 2012.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 26 (2010)|
|Eric Bikas (R)||5,212||65.97%|
|Judy Gilstrap (D)||2,676||33.87%|
Bikas raised $32,415 in the 2010 election cycle.
He major contributors are listed below.
|House Republican Caucus of South Carolina||$10,000|
|9 individual donations each of:||$1,000|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
Eric Bikas received a score of 7% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 108th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Curtis Brantley (7%), Grady Brown (7%), and Robert L. Brown (7%).
Bikas is single.
Eric Bikas now owns two restaurants in upstate South Carolina, named after him.
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- WSPA, "Upstate Lawmaker Hasn't Been To Work In 2 Months," March 28, 2012
- Huffington Post, "Eric Bikas, South Carolina Lawmaker, Says Two-Month Absence Due To Losing District," March 29, 2012
- Easley Patch, "State Rep: 'I Was Asked to Leave' SC Legislature," March 28, 2012
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
- South Carolina general election results
- 2010 Campaign contributors to Eric Bikas
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, "House Score 2012 ranked draft," accessed May 21, 2014
Rex Rice (R)
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 26
| Succeeded by|
R. Raye Felder (R)
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