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Andy Patrick
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1
Date of primaryMarch 19, 2013
General electionMay 7, 2013
Current office
South Carolina House District 123
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionSecurity consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Andy Patrick (b. August 5, 1969) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 123.

Patrick won election to represent District 123 in the November 2, 2010 state legislative elections.

The 123rd District lies on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, a heavily urban county along the southernmost coast of the state.

Patrick was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. Patrick was defeated in the Republican primary on March 19, 2013.[1][2]


Andy Patrick grew up in Perry, New York and has made his career in security and investigation. He joined the United States Air Force immediately after high school; beginning in 1987, he spent five years on active duty. From 1992 to 1995, Patrick served an additional three years in New York's Air National Guard.

In 1996, Patrick became a New York State Trooper. The following year, he was commissioned as an agent with the United States Secret Service., where he would ultimately join the Vice Presidential Protective Division. During his time with the Secret Service, Patrick served as Intelligence Coordinator for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and as Lead Advance Agent for George W. Bush, then a Presidential candidate, at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

With his wife Amee, he moved his family from Virginia to Hilton Head, South Carolina in 2004. In 2007, he resigned from the Secret Service.

Currently, Patrick heads up Advance Point Global, Inc., a company that provides security and investigation consultants to companies based around the globe.


  • SUNY Brockport, 1995, B.S. in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude
  • Perry County High School, 1987


  • American Society of Industrial Security
  • Association of Former Agents - United States Secret Service
  • South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators
  • Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Island Council.

Committee assignments


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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works


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


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Presidential preference


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

Andy Patrick endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [3] Previously, Patrick had endorsed Rick Santorum.[4]



See also: South Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2013

Patrick ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[5] Patrick was defeated in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[2][1][6]

Former Governor Mark Sanford was considered the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. That coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. It was also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[7]

The district leans Republican.[8] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[9]


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Patrick ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 123, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Patrick Incumbent 99.2% 13,865
     Other Write-Ins 0.8% 115
Total Votes 13,980


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Patrick won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives[12]. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2.

South Carolina House of Representatives, General Election, District 123 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Patrick (R) 11,048 99.50%
Write-In 55 0.50%

On Primary Day, June 8, 2010, Patrick went up against incumbent Richard Chalk, Jr. and Kate Keep.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 123 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Patrick (R) 1,930 33.62%
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Chalk (R) 1,853 35.01%
Kate Keep (R) 1,729 31.37%

Patrick defeated incumbent Richard Chalk, Jr. in the Republican runoff on June 22 by a margin of 3,438-1,453. Chalk was seeking his fourth term.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 123 Republican Run-Off (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Andy Patrick (R) 3,438 70.3%
Richard Chalk (R) 1,453 29.7%



On his campaign site, Patrick addressed preserving the wildlife areas in the 123rd District:

"We need to preserve open space, protect our water and provide local governments with the tools they need to cope with explosive growth. The Lowcountry environment is our life blood and we need to be good stewards of what we have. It is what makes us unique and attracts visitors from around to world."

He earned an endorsement from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, who said, in part, "Patrick understands the value of South Carolina’s landmark Conservation Bank that works with local land trusts to voluntarily protect natural and historic places."[13]

Reforming government

Patrick's positions on spending and reform began with the idea that, "We live in the 21st century and yet our state government still operates under a 19th century structure and mentality."[14]

He specifically mentioned streamlining redundant agencies and recommends "passing a constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide our structure of government." In support of this, Patrick mentions that South Carolinians elect nine Constitutional officers, in excess of the national average of four.

Patrick also specifically plans to push for a gubernatorial ticket that would elect the governor and lt. governor on a shared ticket. This style, modeled on the Presidential election, is used in 34 states already.

His platform also included support for home rule and for cutting spending at the state level.


Patrick's education platform cited South Carolina's ranking in nationwide assessments of primary schooling and points out that, while Beaufort County pays some $300 million annually to South Carolina's state government in education funding, it gets little in return.


Remarking, "the only “good” economic development plans ever devised are those that reduce government interference and lower taxes,", Patrick argued for cutting the legislative role in planning and directing the economy and for replacing government directed attempts at economic stimulation with greater market enterprise.

He specifically proposed eliminating the corporate income tax and abolishing preferential tax credits.


  • Conservation Voters of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Club for Growth
  • State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort
  • former state Rep. Jo Anne Gilham

Campaign finance

As of October 18, 2010 Patrick raised $12,139 -- 90.1% of it in-state -- from 71 donors. Most of his fundraising, $10,539, came from Hilton Head Island.

Patrick also donated $414 to his own campaign.

His primary opponents, Richard Chalk and Kate Keep, respectively raised $52,726 and $24,752.

Contributor 2010 total Percentage
Bonnie Smith $1,000 8.24%
Harry Scott $1,000 8.24%
Dudley King $500 4.12%
Alan L. Heard $500 4.12%
Lisa Drakeman $500 4.12%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Patrick is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Patrick raised a total of $57,140 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[15]

Andy Patrick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 123 Won $24,479
2010 South Carolina State House, District 123 Won $32,661
Grand Total Raised $57,140


Patrick won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $24,479.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Andy Patrick's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
South Carolina Optometric Association$1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina$1,000
South Carolina Leadership Pac$1,000
Bah Management$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$24,479
Source: Follow the Money


Patrick won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $32,661.


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."[16]


Andy Patrick received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 68th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[17] His score was followed by representatives Michael Pitts (20%), Tommy Pope (20%), and Ronnie Sabb (20%).[18]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 SC Votes "March 19 Special Primary Election" Accessed March 19, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 South Carolina Radio Network "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013
  3. Race 4 2012 "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  5. Washington Post "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  6. South Carolina Republican Party Website "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  7. Roll Call "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  8. "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  9. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  10. "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results" Accessed November 7, 2012
  11. South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 25, 2012
  12. South Carolina general election results
  13. Andy, "Andy on the Issues - Environment", accessed October 18, 2010
  14. Andy, "Andy on the Issues - Government Reform", accessed October 18, 2010
  15., "Patrick, Andy," accessed July 11, 2013
  16. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  18. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Chalk, Jr. (R)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 123
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