George Campsen

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George Campsen
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South Carolina State Senate District 43
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1996-2002
Education
Bachelor'sFurman University, 1981
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1989
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1988
Personal
BirthdayMarch 30, 1959
Place of birthCharleston, SC
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
George E. "Chip" Campsen, III (b. March 30, 1959) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Campsen served in the South Carolina State House from 1996 to 2002.

Biography

Campsen earned his B.S. from Furman University in 1981 and his J.D. and M.S. from the University of South Carolina in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

Campsen was a Passenger Vessel Captain for Fort Sumter Tours, Inc. from 1978 to 1982. He then worked as a Real Estate Broker for Batten Hudson & Tarrant from 1983 to 1986. He was a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Mark Sanfors from 2002 to 2003. Campsen has been Executive Vice President of Fort Sumter Tours, Inc. since 1985. He has also worked as an attorney for Campsen & Campsen since 1989.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules
Transportation
Fish, Game and Forestry, Chair
Invitations
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Balance of powers

Before the 2011 session began, three bills were filed in the South Carolina State Legislature that would have restructured the amount of power the legislature has compared to the state executive and judicial branches. The lawmakers who submitted the bills held that the scales of authority and oversight have been weighted against the executive and judicial branches in favor of the Legislature for decades, both constitutionally and statutorily.

For example, the state Budget and Control Board is both an agency and a board and it is a discordant hybrid of the executive and legislative branches that is unique to South Carolina. The board consists of three constitutional officers elected statewide, including the governor as chairman, and two of the most powerful legislators – the chairmen of the budget-writing Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees. In another example, the power to appoint hundreds of members to executive boards and commissions rests with the General Assembly.

"We need to give the governor the power to be governor," said Sen. Campsen.

Campsen was the chief sponsor of one of the three restructuring bills, S. 134.

"The small little cabal of senior legislators and those they influence, they don’t want to give up any power," said Sen. Mike Rose (R), who co-sponsored Campsen’s bill.

Bringing bipartisanship to the reform table, Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) sponsored one of the other two bills, S. 261. Campsen and Rose both signed onto the Sheheen measure.[1]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Campsen ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Ford Incumbent 98.3% 35,618
     Other Write-Ins 1.7% 609
Total Votes 36,227

2008

On November 4, 2008, Campsen won re-election for District 43 of the South Carolina State Senate with 25,725 votes, ahead of write-ins (332).[5]

He raised $145,621 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 43
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png George Campsen (R) 25,725
Write-ins 332

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Campsen is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Campsen raised a total of $610,022 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[7]

George Campsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 43 Won $38,874
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 43 Not up for election $9,482
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 43 Won $145,621
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 43 Not up for election $12,244
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 43 Won $359,409
2000 South Carolina State House, District 112 Won $5,522
1998 South Carolina State House, District 112 Won $9,342
1996 South Carolina State House, District 112 Won $29,528
Grand Total Raised $610,022

2012

Campsen won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $38,874.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to George Campsen's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Hall & Bowers$1,000
Charleston Branch Pilots Association$1,000
Mill, William S$1,000
Nucor Corp$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$38,874
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Campsen was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $9,482.

2008

Campsen won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $145,621.

2006

Campsen was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $12,244.

2004

Campsen won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $359,409.

2000

Campsen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $5,522.

1998

Campsen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $9,342.

1996

Campsen won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Campsen raised a total of $29,528.

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.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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.
  • Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, monitors the voting records of North Carolina’s state legislators on key environmental issues.
  • 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

George Campsen received a score of 35% in the 2012 score card, ranking 12th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[14] His score was followed by Senators Daniel Verdin (35%), John E. Courson (29%), and Chauncey K. Gregory (29%).[15]

Personal

Campsen and his wife, Lalla Lee, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Kuhn
South Carolina State Senate - District 43
2004–present
Succeeded by
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