Mark Willis

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Mark Willis
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South Carolina House District 16
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sErskine College, 1986
Personal
ProfessionLong term care administrator
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mark N. Willis (b. September 1, 1963) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Willis earned his B.A. from Erskine College in 1986. He is a Long Term Care Administrator.

Willis was a candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006, but was not elected.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works
Interstate Cooperation, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Willis 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 Mark Willis ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Willis ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Willis Incumbent 98.9% 10,080
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 109
Total Votes 10,189

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Willis ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 16 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Willis won unopposed in the general election on November 2.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 16 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Willis (R) 6,208 99.14%
Write-In 54 0.86%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Willis won election to the 16th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Michael Turner Jr (D).

Willis raised $29,128 for his campaign, while Turner raised $10,500.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Willis (R) 7,085
Michael Turner Jr (D) 6,239

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Willis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Willis raised a total of $95,589 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[8]

Mark Willis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 16 Won $9,999
2010 South Carolina State House, District 16 Won $17,650
2008 South Carolina State House, District 16 Won $29,128
2006 South Carolina State House, District 16 Defeated $38,812
Grand Total Raised $95,589

2012

Willis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Willis raised a total of $9,999.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Willis's campaign in 2012
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association$999
South Carolina Farm Bureau$750
South Carolina Healthcare Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$9,999
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Willis won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Willis raised a total of $17,650.

2008

Willis won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Willis raised a total of $29,128.

2006

Willis lost the election for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Willis raised a total of $38,812.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Mark Willis endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

He previously endorsed Rick Perry.[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

Mark Willis received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 76th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[17] His score was followed by representatives Paul Agnew (13%), Karl Allen (13%), and Michael Anthony (13%).[18]

Personal

Willis and his wife, Tracy, have three children.

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References

  1. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  2. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official general election results," accessed November 13, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  4. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 20, 2012
  6. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  7. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  8. followthemoney.org, "Willis, Mark N," accessed June 28, 2013
  9. Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
  10. Race 4 2012, "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  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
Political offices
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 16
2008–present
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