Kristopher Crawford

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Kristopher Crawford
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South Carolina House District 63
Incumbent
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMedical University of South Carolina, 2001
Personal
ProfessionPhysician
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kristopher R. "Kris" Crawford (b. November 12, 1969) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 63. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Crawford earned his B.S. from The Citadel in 1992. He went on to receive his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2001. Crawford is chief resident of McLeod Family Practice. He works as a physician.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Cap on superintendent pay

In 2011, Crawford co-sponsored a bill (H. 3297), introduced by Representative Phillip Lowe, that would have limited severance packages for fired school superintendents to their annual salary or less. Any exceptions to this law would have had to be approved by school district voters in a special election.

Lowe's bill came in response to the March 2009 firing of then-Superintendent’s Alisa Goodman. The Marlboro County School Board, in a split vote, approved buying out her contract for $400,000, with nearly $10,000 to cover attorney fees.

"I understand that there’s a contract, that there’s a need to do something," Lowe said. "But not a golden parachute. This is public money."

"I think we have to be serious about admin costs," said Crawford.

Following were the top 10 highest-paid superintendents in 2010, according to The Nerve’s analysis of DOE data:[1]

  • Phinnize Fisher, Greenville County Schools, $218,167;
  • Katie Brochu, Richland District 2, $213,244;
  • Valerie Truesdale, Beaufort County Schools, $205,600;
  • Cindy Elsberry, Horry County Schools, $205,000;
  • Anthony Parker, Berkeley County Schools, $195,000
  • Percy Mack, Richland District 1, $195,000;
  • Herbert Berg*, Lexington-Richland District 5, $193,375 (retired);
  • Jospeh Pye, Dorchester District 2, $191,267;
  • Nancy McGinley, Charleston County Schools, $191,084;
  • Lynn Moody, York District 3, $184,240; and
  • Marc Sosne, York District 2, $174,916.

The bill did not pass during the 2011-2012 session.[2]

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Kris Crawford was unopposed in the Republican primary. Crawford is unopposed in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Crawford ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristopher Crawford Incumbent 68.8% 11,305
     Democratic Austin Smith 30.9% 5,079
     Other Write-Ins 0.3% 52
Total Votes 16,436

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Crawford ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 63 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Crawford defeated Sheila Gallagher (D) in the general election on November 2.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kristopher Crawford (R) 8,239 64.17%
Sheila Gallagher (D, WF) 4590 35.75%
Write-In 11 0.09%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Crawford won re-election to the 63rd District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Barry Wingard (D).

Crawford raised $121,928 for his campaign, while Wingard raised $32,644.[8]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kristopher Crawford (R) 11,941
Barry Wingard (D) 6,217

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Crawford is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Crawford raised a total of $538,752 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[9]

Kristopher Crawford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $63,900
2010 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $92,131
2008 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $121,928
2006 South Carolina State House, District 63 Won $260,793
Grand Total Raised $538,752

2012

Crawford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $63,900.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kristopher Crawford's campaign in 2012
Republican Caucus$5,000
Obryan Jr, E C$1,500
South Carolina Medical Association$1,500
South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology$1,000
Belissary, Gail$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$63,900
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Crawford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $92,131.

2008

Crawford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $121,928.

2006

Crawford won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Crawford raised a total of $260,793.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Kristopher Crawford endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [10]

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."[11]

  • 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.[12] 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.[13] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[14] The legislature re-convened July 26.[15]

  • 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."[16]

2012

Kristopher Crawford received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 88th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[17] His score was followed by representatives Laurie Funderburk (13%), Jerry Govan, Jr. (13%), and James Harrison (13%).[18]

Personal

Crawford and his wife, M. Rebecca, have four children.

Controversies

Arrested

On April 1, 2010, Crawford was arrested for failing to file income tax returns. He is charged with four counts of failing to file individual income taxes from 2004 to 2007, as well as three counts of failing to file corporate income taxes for 2005 to 2007. If convicted he could face up to seven years in prison.[19]

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References

  1. The Nerve, "Bill Would Cap Payouts to School Superintendents," January 17, 2011
  2. South Carolina Legislature, "Session 119 - (PRIME) Representative Lowe," accessed September 10, 2013
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  4. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 23, 2012
  7. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  8. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  9. followthemoney.org, "Crawford, Kris," accessed July 8, 2013
  10. Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
  11. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  12. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  13. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  14. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  15. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  16. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  18. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. WMBF, "SC legislator arrested on income tax charges," April 1, 2010
Political offices
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 63
2006–present
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