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Joshua Putnam
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South Carolina House District 10
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 electedAugust 30, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Greenville University, 2011
Personal
ProfessionLandscaping
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joshua A. Putnam is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in the August 30, 2011, special election. Putnam was running to fill the vacancy created when incumbent Daniel Cooper (R) resigned in April of 2011 (effective June 29). Cooper, a 20-year veteran of the House, stated that he wanted to spend more time with his family.[1]

Putnam unsuccessfully challenged Cooper in the 2010 Republican primary for the District 10 in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Biography

Putnam earned his B.S. from North Greenville University in 2011. Prior to entering college, he received his Eagle Scout Award and volunteered in congressional and presidential campaigns. He is currently employed by a local landscaping company.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Putnam’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • State Rights:
Excerpt: "You don’t need me to tell you that the federal government is out of control. The budget deficit is at a record high, and the national debt is perilously rising every day. At every turn, the federal government seeks to infringe on the day-to-day lives of regular Americans like you and me... Because of the aggressive nature of the federal government, I believe South Carolina should be a leader among the 50 States in using the power of the 10th Amendment to curtail the harmful consequences of federal policies."
  • Job Creation:
Excerpt: "Businesses must operate with a profit and the only way to do this is by producing more or cutting cost. We, as legislators must find new ways to help them cut their costs, such as looking into lowering our corporate income tax, reducing property tax, and training the most skilled workforce... Government cannot be the guarantor or provider of jobs in South Carolina, but government certainly shouldn’t get in the way of small business owners expanding or new businesses locating to South Carolina."
  • Transparency:
Excerpt: "I will work diligently to bring about transparency within the State house. Now, is the time for our elected officials to be accountable to their word. It is unacceptable for “the People” not know how their leaders vote and where they stand on the issues."
  • Education:
Excerpt: "We are faced with overwhelming budget deficits, teacher layoffs, and overcrowding classrooms. At this time in our state’s history, we must focus on the basics, close the loopholes in the system, and cut wasteful programs that don’t work. Teachers should be given more authority within the classrooms to teach, and the ability to demand the full potential of their students."
  • Waste:
Excerpt: "If elected, I will look for ways to cut government and bureaucracy and employ a pay as you go system like that which is in our own households. Required audits for government spending are a must."
  • Unemployment System:
Excerpt: "The unemployment system was designed to be a spring board for those who lose their jobs until they are able to find new ones... I will diligently look into ways of cutting waste and restoring the founding principles of this system... Loop holes need to be closed for the ineligible in order for the system to remain functional to serve those that are needy."

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Joshua Putnam was unopposed in the Republican primary. Putnam is unopposed in the general election.[4][5]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Putnam defeated Hamp Johnson in the Republican primary on June 12 and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Putnam Incumbent 98.8% 12,534
     Other Write-Ins 1.2% 155
Total Votes 12,689
South Carolina House of Representatives District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Putman Incumbent 61.3% 1,478
Hamp Johnson 38.7% 935
Total Votes 2,413

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Putnam defeated Dave Ballard (D) in the August 30, 2011 special election.[9][10]

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Putnam was narrowly defeated by Daniel Cooper in the June 8 Republican primary for District 10 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Cooper went on to defeat Dave Ballard (C) in the general election on November 2.[11].

South Carolina House of Representatives Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Cooper (Incumbent) 2,882
Joshua Putnam 2,751

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Putnam is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Putnam raised a total of $59,221 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[12]

Joshua Putnam's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 10 Won $33,657
2011 South Carolina State House, District 10 Won $22,754
2010 South Carolina State House, District 10 Defeated $2,810
Grand Total Raised $59,221

2012

Putnam won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Putnam raised a total of $33,657.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joshua Putnam's campaign in 2012
House Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
South Carolina Association of Realtors$1,500
Cobden Llc$1,000
188 Claremont Llc$1,000
Stilrich Llc$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$33,657
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Putnam won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2011. During that election cycle, Putnam raised a total of $22,754.

2010

Putnam lost the election for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Putnam raised a total of $2,810.

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."[13]

  • 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.[14] 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.[15] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[16] The legislature re-convened July 26.[17]

  • 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."[18]

2012

Joshua Putnam received a score of 54% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[19] His score was followed by representatives Bill Chumley (53%), Eric Bedingfield (47%), Tom Corbin (47%), and Marion Frye (47%).[20]

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Joshua Putnam endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [21]

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References

  1. Anderson Independent Mail, "Republicans field six candidates for Cooper seat," May 23, 2011
  2. Putnam Campaign Site, "Meet Joshua Putnam," accessed August 16, 2011
  3. Putnam Campaign Site, "Joshua Putnam (Archive)," accessed September 10, 2013
  4. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 20, 2012
  8. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official Primary Results," June 29, 2012
  9. Independent Mail, "Joshua Putnam wins Republican runoff in House District 10," July 26, 2011
  10. Independent Mail, "Joshua Putnam becomes state’s youngest House representative," August 30, 2011
  11. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Putnam, Joshua," accessed June 28, 2013
  13. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  14. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  15. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  16. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  17. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  18. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  19. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  20. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  21. Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Cooper
South Carolina House of Representatives District 10
2004–present
Succeeded by
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