Lawrence Kit Spires

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Lawrence Kit Spires
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South Carolina House District 96
Incumbent
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1976
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Lawrence Kit Spires (b. February 21, 1954) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 96. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Spires earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 1976. Spires was a Pharmacist for Big S Drugs from 1980 to 2006.

Spires served on the Pelion Town Council from 1999 to 2003. During this time, he also served as Mayor Pro Tempore of Pelion.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs, Vice Chair
Rules

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Lawrence Kit Spires defeated Perry Finch in the Republican primary. Spires was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 96 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKit Spires Incumbent 69.5% 1,282
Perry Finch 30.5% 562
Total Votes 1,844

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Spires ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[4][5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 96, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Kit Spires Incumbent 99.1% 9,428
     Other Write-Ins 0.9% 86
Total Votes 9,514

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Spires ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 96 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Spires won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 96 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lawrence Kit Spires (R) 6,883 98.87%
Write-In 79 1.13%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Spires won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,834 votes, representing District 96. 

Spires raised $35,750 for his campaign.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 96 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lawrence Kit Spires (R) 9,834

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Spires is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Spires raised a total of $130,255 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[8]

Lawrence Kit Spires's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 96 Won $13,900
2010 South Carolina State House, District 96 Won $12,150
2008 South Carolina State House, District 96 Won $35,750
2006 South Carolina State House, District 96 Won $68,455
Grand Total Raised $130,255

2012

Spires won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Spires raised a total of $13,900.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lawrence Kit Spires's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Pharmacy Association$1,000
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
South Carolina Optometric Association$1,000
Medicine Mart$1,000
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$13,900
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Spires won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Spires raised a total of $12,150.

2008

Spires won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Spires raised a total of $35,750.

2006

Spires won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Spires raised a total of $68,455.

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.

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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.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

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 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records on bills that directly impacted the business climate and competitiveness of the state.

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

Lawrence Kit Spires received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 73rd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives McLain Toole (20%), Brian White (20%), and Mark Willis (20%).[16]

Personal

Spires is divorced and has two children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 96
2006–present
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