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Mike Rose (South Carolina)

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Mike Rose
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South Carolina State Senate District 38
In office
1988-1997, 2008-2012
Years in position (current service)7
Years in position (previous service)9
Elections and appointments
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUnited States Air Force Academy, 1969
Master'sHarvard Business School, 1981
J.D.New York University School of Law, 1974
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1969-1974
Date of birthOctober 13, 1947
Place of birthCharleston, SC
Mike Rose (b. October 13, 1947) is a former Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate from 1989 to 1997 and from 2008-2012.

Rose was Chair of the Republican Party Platform Committee in 1989. He was then Chair of the Dorchester County Legislative Delegation from 1989 to 1990. He was also Vice-Chair of the Republican Forum in the South Carolina Senate from 1989 to 1992. Rose was on the American Legislative Exchange Council from 1990 to 1992. He was also the District Chair of the National Federation of Republican Men from 1991 to 1992. He served in the South Carolina State Senate from 1989 to 1998. He was re-elected to the senate in 2008 and has served in that position since. He represents the 38th District.

Rose served as a Regular Officer in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1974. He is currently a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve. He is an attorney and businessman.

Rose earned his B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy in 1969. He went on to receive his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1974. He then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981.

Committee assignments


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


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


Voters' rights bills

Before the 2011 session began, Rose said he would sponsor or co-sponsor several joint resolutions. Many were filed in December 2010 that would give voters the right to initiate new state laws or constitutional amendments, or repeal existing laws, recall local or state officials from office during their terms, and decide every 20 years, starting in 2012, whether to rewrite the S.C. Constitution through a constitutional convention. The last constitutional convention was in 1895.

“Why can’t we give power to the people?” Rose said. “Why don’t we let the people decide?”[1][2]

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. Chip Campsen (R).

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, 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.[3]

Presidential preference


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

Mike Rose (South Carolina) endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [4]



See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Rose was defeated in the Republican primary on June 12 by Sean Bennett, who will be unopposed in the November 6 general election.[5][6]


Rose won election for District 38 of the South Carolina State Senate with 22,708 votes, ahead of independent Bill Collins (18,399) and write-ins (80).[7]

He raised $190,361 for his campaign, against $102,852 by Collins.[8]

South Carolina State Senate, District 38
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Rose (R) 22,083
Bill Collins (independent petition) 18,399
Write-ins 80

Campaign donors


Rose raised $190,361 in the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Mike Rose $91,030
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina $5,000
First Citizens Bank $4,000
William Baker, Jr. $2,000
Laura Hewitt $2,000
Sandra Leong $2,000
South Carolina Club for Growth $2,000
Andrew Schechtel $2,000
Ruth Baker $2,000
Chad Waldorf $2,000
William Hewitt $2,000
Ricky Schechtel $2,000


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."[10]


Mike Rose received a score of 59% in the 2012 score card, ranking 5th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[11] His score was followed by Senators Michael Fair (53%), Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. (47%), and David Thomas (47%).[12]


Rose and his wife Vivian Osborn have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Scott
South Carolina State Senate - District 38
Succeeded by
Sean Bennett
Preceded by
William Branton, Jr.
South Carolina State Senate - District 38
Succeeded by
William Branton, Jr.