Bobby Harrell, Jr.
|Bobby Harrell, Jr.|
|South Carolina House District 114|
|1992 - Present|
|November 8, 2012|
|Years in position||22|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
Harrell and Gov. Mark Sanford have been at odds for much the period since Harrell took over as Speaker in June 2005. Harrell has blamed the state's high unemployment rate on Sanford's economic development strategy. Sanford believes the way to grow jobs is through broad-based reforms that help all businesses such as eliminating the corporate income tax and providing for an optional flat tax. Harrell has preferred to rely on targeted incentives for businesses and industries.
Among Harrell's biggest focuses has been in the area of hydrogen and fuel cell research - claiming that "South Carolina is on the edge of what could become a multitrillion-dollar industry over the next 20 years - the beginning of a hydrogen revolution." However, results have been spotty, as the South Carolina Policy Council has pointed out. More than $40 million in tax dollars have been invested in hydrogen research in the South Carolina Midlands alone, with the net result being the creation of a couple hundred jobs, according to the Speaker's Office.
According to an October 2010 report by The Nerve, Harrell recorded salary and expenses of $128,406 for the 2.5-year period from Jan. 1, 2008, through mid 2010, making him the second-highest-compensated legislator in South Carolina during that period.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harrell has yet to be appointed to any committees.
Harrell ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 114 (2010)|
|Bobby Harrell (R)||8,488||98.86%|
On November 4, 2008 Harrell won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 12,940 votes, representing District 114.
Harrell raised $361,053 for his campaign.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 114 (2008)|
|Bobby Harrell, Jr. (R)||12,940|
In 2010, a year in which Harrell was up for re-election, he collected $217,812 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bobby Harrell, Jr.'s campaign in 2010|
|Colonial Life & Accident Insurance||$1,000|
|Select Health Of South Carolina||$1,000|
|South Carolina Health Care Association||$1,000|
|Outdoor Advertising Association Of South Carolina||$1,000|
|Palmetto Primary Care Physicians||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$217,812|
Harrell raised $361,053 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Select Health of South Carolina||$2,000|
|Trident Home Builders Association||$1,309|
- South Carolina House page
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Press Release: Hydrogen: Proving to be a Great Investment for SC
- Technology: Hydrogen Energy for South Carolina?
- Statehouse Leaders Continue Hydrogen Push Despite Shortfalls
- Harrell: Don't Let Facts Get in way of Politics
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Lawmakers Cost Taxpayers Millions, The Nerve, Oct. 6, 2010
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina State House Speaker Endorses Newt Gingrich," January 19, 2012
- South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 25, 2012
- South Carolina general election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Campaign contributors to Bobby Harrell
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