Phil Leventis

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Phil Leventis
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South Carolina State Senate District 35
In office
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected1980
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia, 1969
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1969-1974
Date of birthNovember 3, 1945
Place of birthLexington County
ProfessionPresident & General Manager, Dixie Beverage Company
Office website
Phil Leventis (b. November 3, 1945) is a former Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate representing the 35th District from 1980-2012.

Leventis was the Democratic Nominee for the South Carolina Lt. Governor in 2002. He joined the South Carolina State Senate in 1980 and served in that position since until 2012.

Leventis was a Pilot in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1974. He went on to be a Brigadier General in the South Carolina Air National Guard from 1974 to 1999. He is currently the President and General Manager of Dixie Beverage Company.

Phil Leventis attended the University of Virginia in 1969.

Committee assignments


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


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



Leventis won re-election for District 35 of the South Carolina State Senate with 21,931 votes, ahead of Republican Karen Michalik (13,518) and write-ins (12).[1]

Leventis raised $86,147 for his campaign.[2]

South Carolina State Senate, District 35
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Leventis (D) 21,931
Karen Michalik (R) 13,518
Write-ins 12


On November 5, 2002, Andre Bauer won election to the office of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor. He defeated Phil Leventis (D) and Kenneth E. Curtis (L) in the general election.

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Bauer 52.7% 573,734
     Democratic Phil Leventis 45.8% 498,431
     Libertarian Kenneth E. Curtis 1.4% 15,705
     Write-In Various 0% 196
Total Votes 1,088,066
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

Campaign donors


Leventis raised $86,147 in the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[3]

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Caucus of South Carolina $10,000
South Carolina Education Association $2,000
South Carolina Medical Association $2,000
Hill Plumbing & Electric $1,250


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."[4]


Phil Leventis received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 33rd out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[5] His score was followed by Senators Joel Lourie (6%), Gerald Malloy (6%), and John Matthews (6%).[6]


Leventis and his wife Ellen have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Carolina State Senate - District 35
Succeeded by
Thomas McElveen (D)