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Phillip Lowe

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Phillip Lowe
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South Carolina House District 60
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, 1982
Personal
ProfessionPhysical Therapist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Phillip D. Lowe (b. December 16, 1958) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 60. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Lowe attended Francis Marion University and the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his B.S. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1982. Lowe is a Physical Therapist and Developer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics
Labor, Commerce and Industry, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Cap on superintendent pay

In 2011, Lowe introduced a bill (H. 3297) 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."

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.

Lowe's 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Phillip Lowe was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lowe is unopposed in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lowe ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[5][6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 60, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Lowe Incumbent 99.4% 10,253
     Other Write-Ins 0.6% 64
Total Votes 10,317

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lowe ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 60 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Lowe defeated Benny Webb (D) in the general election on November 2.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 61 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Lowe (R) 6,353 59.30%
Benny Webb (D) 4,359 40.69%
Write-In 1 0.01%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

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.[8]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 60 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Lowe (R) 9,095
Zackery Cooper (D) 6,596

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lowe is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Lowe raised a total of $380,899 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[9]

Phillip Lowe's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 60 Won $40,698
2010 South Carolina State House, District 60 Won $82,454
2008 South Carolina State House, District 60 Won $116,601
2006 South Carolina State House, District 60 Won $141,146
Grand Total Raised $380,899

2012

Lowe won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lowe raised a total of $40,698.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phillip Lowe's campaign in 2012
Belissary, John$1,000
Floyd, Edward$1,000
General Electric$1,000
Kasler, Thomas$1,000
Hutchinson, Chris$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$40,698
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Lowe won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Lowe raised a total of $82,454.

2008

Lowe won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Lowe raised a total of $116,601.

2006

Lowe won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Lowe raised a total of $141,146.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Phillip Lowe endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [10] He previously endorsed Rick Perry.[11]

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.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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."[12]

  • 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.
  • Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, monitors the voting records of North Carolina’s state legislators on key environmental issues.
  • 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.

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.[13] 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.[14] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[15] The legislature re-convened July 26.[16]

  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • 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.

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."[17]

2012

Phillip Lowe received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 38th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[18] His score was followed by representatives Dennis C. Moss (27%), Steve Moss (27%), and Steve Parker (27%).[19]

Personal

Lowe and his wife, Sonya, have three children.

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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, "Lowe, Phillip," accessed July 8, 2013
  10. Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
  11. Race 4 2012, "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  12. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  13. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  14. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  15. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  16. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  17. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  18. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  19. 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 60
2006–present
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