John Courson

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John Courson
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South Carolina State Senate District 20
Incumbent
In office
1994-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 20
PartyRepublican
Leadership
President Pro Tempore, South Carolina State Senate
2012-Present
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1968
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1944
ProfessionSenior Vice President, Keenan & Suggs Insurance Agency
ReligionEpiscopal
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John E. Courson (b. November 21, 1944) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994. Courson has served as the President Pro Tempore in the Senate since 2012.

Biography

Courson graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1968. He worked as the Executive Vice President for Keenan Insurance and Financial Services, Incorporated. He then worked as the Senior Vice President of Keenan & Suggs Insurance Agency.

Courson served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Education, Chair
Ethics
Finance
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Courson served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Courson won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 20. Courson ran unopposed in the June 12 Republican primary and defeated Robert Rikard (D) and Scott West (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Courson Incumbent 59.1% 25,363
     Democratic Robert Rikard 38.1% 16,359
     Green Scott West 2.7% 1,158
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 43
Total Votes 42,923


2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Courson won re-election for District 20 of the South Carolina State Senate with 33,565 votes, ahead of write-ins (977).[5]

Courson raised $160,039 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 20
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Courson (R) 33,565
Write-ins 977

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Courson is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Courson raised a total of $1,260,975 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[7]

John Courson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $272,069
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $44,225
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $160,039
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $72,711
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $203,250
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $7,100
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $152,988
1998 South Carolina Comptroller Defeated $309,501
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 20 Won $39,092
Grand Total Raised $1,260,975

2012

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $272,069.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Courson's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Ace Glass Co$2,000
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina$2,000
At&T$1,500
South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$272,069
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Courson was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $44,225.

2008

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $160,039.

2006

Courson was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $72,711.

2004

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $203,250.

2002

Courson was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $7,100.

2000

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $152,988.

1998

Courson lost the election for the South Carolina Comptroller in 1998. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $309,501.

1996

Courson won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Courson raised a total of $39,092.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

John Courson endorsed Jon Huntsman in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Scorecards

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."[9]

2012

John E. Courson received a score of 29% in the 2012 score card, ranking 14th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[10] His score was followed by Senators Chauncey K. Gregory (29%), Raymond Cleary (24%), and Ronnie W. Cromer (24%).[11]

Personal

Courson and his wife Elizabeth have three children. Courson was State Chair/State Co-Chair/Treasurer for United States Senator Strom Thurmond. He was also a volunteer for the Reagan and Bush Campaigns.

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1994–present
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