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Bobby Harrell, Jr.

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Bobby Harrell, Jr.
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South Carolina House District 114
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2012
Years in position 22
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$119/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Bobby Harrell, Jr. is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 114. Harrell was first elected to the SC House in 1992 and took over as Speaker in 2005. He was Majority Leader from 1997-1999.

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.[1] 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."[2] 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,[3] 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.[4]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harrell has yet to be appointed to any committees.


Presidential preference


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

Bobby Harrell, Jr. endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harrell ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12.[6]


Harrell ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 114 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Harrell won unopposed in the general election on November 2[7].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 114 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Bobby Harrell (R) 8,488 98.86%
Write-In 98 1.14%


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.[8]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 114 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Bobby Harrell, Jr. (R) 12,940

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Harrell was up for re-election, he collected $217,812 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


Harrell raised $361,053 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Select Health of South Carolina $2,000
Gayle Avert $2,000
SCANA Corp $2,000
Hoffman-Laroche $1,750
Trident Home Builders Association $1,309

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