Tommy Pope

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Tommy Pope
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South Carolina House District 47
Incumbent
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1984
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1987
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Thomas E. "Tommy" Pope (b. July 24, 1962) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Pope received his B.S. from the University of South Carolina in 1984. He also earned his J.D. from USC in 1987.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Tommy Pope was unopposed in the Republican primary. Pope is unopposed in the general election.[1]Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pope ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Pope Incumbent 99.3% 12,644
     Other Write-Ins 0.7% 87
Total Votes 12,731

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pope won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives. He defeated incumbent Herbert Kirsh (D) in the general election on November 2.[4]

Pope defeated Vance Stine and Brett Boyd in June 8 primary.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 47 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tommy Pope (R) 7,692 65.39%
Herb Kirsh (D) 4,066 34.57%
Write-In 5 0.04%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pope is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pope raised a total of $93,569 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 30, 2013.[5]

Tommy Pope's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 47 Won $19,560
2010 South Carolina State House, District 47 Won $74,009
Grand Total Raised $93,569

2012

Pope won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pope raised a total of $19,560.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tommy Pope's campaign in 2012
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina$1,250
South Carolina Optometric Association$1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina$1,000
Evans, Eddy$1,000
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$19,560
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pope won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pope raised a total of $74,009.

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.

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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."[6]

  • 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.
  • 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.[7] 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.[8] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[9] The legislature re-convened July 26.[10]

  • 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."[11]

2012

Tommy Pope received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 70th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[12] His score was followed by representatives Ronnie Sabb (20%), James E. Smith, Jr. (20%), and Lawrence Kit Spires (20%).[13]

Personal

Pope is married to Kimberly Greenwood. They have four children -- Logan, Jacob, Preston and Kaylen.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Herbert Kirsh (D)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 47
2010–present
Succeeded by
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