|South Carolina House District 68|
|2002 - March 21, 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
Viers resigned effective immediately on March 21, 2012, a day before he was indicted by a grand jury for stalking and harassment in the first degree. The charges stemmed from his arrest in January when an ex-girlfriend accused him of continuing to call, text, email and show up at her home and work despite having been broken up for over five months.
Viers is a graduate of the Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy. He earned his B.A. from The Citadel in 1999. He then received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2007. His professional experience includes working as a Research Assistant for The Heritage Foundation and as a Business Development Consultant.
Viers served as Executive Director of the Horry County Republican Party from 1999 to 2001. He then served as District Field Representatives for Congressman Henry Brown from 2000 to 2001.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Viers served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee on General Laws, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Viers served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee on Special Laws, Chair
Viers defeated Bert Von Herrmann in the June 8 Republican primary for District 68 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 2,418-1,286. Viers won unopposed in the general election on November 2.
|House of Representatives Republican Primary (2010)|
|Thad Viers (Incumbent)||2,418|
|Bert von Herrmann||1,286|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 68 (2010)|
|Thad Viers (R)||8,485||98.58%|
On November 4, 2008, Viers won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 12,449 votes, representing District 68.
Viers raised $101,826 for his campaign.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 68 (2008)|
|Thad Viers (R)||12,449|
In 2010, a year in which Viers was up for re-election, he collected $112,696 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Thad Viers's campaign in 2010|
|House Republican Caucus Of South Carolina||$5,000|
|Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery Pa||$1,200|
|Carolina Coast Investments LLC||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$112,696|
Viers raised $101,826 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|House Republican Caucus of South Carolina||$5,000|
|Myrtle Beach Lodging Association||$3,000|
|7 different donors each donated||$2,000|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
Thad Viers received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 104th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives J. David Weeks (13%), Jackson Whipper (13%), and Carl Anderson (7%).
Viers is single.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. Thad Viers
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- WCSC, "Representative Thad Viers indicted by grand jury," March 21, 2012
- WLTX, "State Rep. Thad Viers Drops Out of Race After Arrest, Harassment Charge," January 6, 2012
- South Carolina general election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed December 19, 2014
- Campaign contributors to Thad Viers
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, "House Score 2012 ranked draft," accessed May 21, 2014
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 68
2002–March 21, 2012
| Succeeded by|
State of South Carolina
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