|South Carolina House District 60|
|2006 - Present|
|November 10, 2014|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
Lowe attended Francis Marion University and the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his BS from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1982.
Lowe is a Physical Therapist and Developer.
Lowe joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 2007. He has served in that position since, representing the 60th District.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lowe served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Labor, Commerce and Industry, Vice Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lowe served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Labor, Commerce and Industry|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lowe served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Labor, Commerce and Industry|
Cap on superintendent pay
In March 2009, the Marlboro County School Board in a split vote approved buying out then-Superintendent’s Alisa Goodman’s contract for $400,000, adding another $10,000 to cover her attorney fees, according to published reports.
Rep. Lowe said that never sat well with him. On Wednesday, he introduced a bill (H. 3297) that would ban South Carolina’s 85 school districts from offering severance packages to fired superintendents exceeding the superintendent’s annual salary. This would be enforced unless approved by district voters in a special election.
"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."
Rep. Kristopher Crawford is one of the bill’s five co-sponsors.
"I think we have to be serious about admin costs," said Rep. Crawford.
Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, says her organization "really would question this bill."
"We elect school board members to run their districts," Spearman said. "One of their main (duties) is to hire and fire the superintendent."
Lowe counters that the S.C. General Assembly has the right to address the severance pay issue because school districts receive state funding.
Following were the top 10 highest-paid superintendents last year, according to The Nerve’s analysis of DOE data:
- 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 (recently announced retirement; left position on Friday);
- Percy Mack, Richland District 1, $195,000;
- Herbert Berg*, Lexington-Richland District 5, $193,375 (retired last year);
- 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.
- *Published reports listed Berg's annual salary at $195,000.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 60, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Phillip Lowe Incumbent||99.4%||10,253|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 61 (2010)|
|Phillip Lowe (R)||6,353||59.30%|
|Benny Webb (D)||4,359||40.69%|
On November 4, 2008 Lowe won re-election to the 60th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Zackery Cooper (D).
Lowe raised $116,601 for his campaign, while Cooper raised $6,890.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 60 (2008)|
|Phillip Lowe (R)||9,095|
|Zackery Cooper (D)||6,596|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Lowe was up for re-election, he collected $82,454 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Phillip Lowe's campaign in 2010|
|House Republican Caucus Of South Carolina||$5,000|
|Palmetto Business Council||$1,000|
|South Carolina Trucking Association||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$82,454|
Lowe raised $116,601 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|House Republican Caucus of South Carolina||$5,000|
|South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance||$1,250|
|17 different donors each donated:||$1,000|
Lowe and his wife, Sonya, have three children.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. Phillip Lowe
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- ↑ "Bill Would Cap Payouts to School Superintendents," The Nerve, January 17, 2011
- ↑ Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
- ↑ Race 4 2012 "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
- ↑ AP.org "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results" Accessed November 7, 2012
- ↑ South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 23, 2012
- ↑ South Carolina general election results
- ↑ Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- ↑ 2010 campaign contributions
- ↑ Campaign contributors to Phillip Lowe
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