|South Carolina House District 10|
|2011 - Present|
|November 10, 2014|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||August 30, 2011|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Putnam is a student at North Greenville University. Prior to entering college, he received his Eagle Scout Award and volunteered in congressional and presidential campaigns. He is currently employed by a local landscaping company.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Putnam served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education and Public Works|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 10, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joshua Putnam Incumbent||98.8%||12,534|
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 4 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Joshua Putman Incumbent||61.3%||1,478|
Putnam was narrowly defeated by Daniel Cooper in the June 8 Republican primary for District 10 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Cooper went on to defeat Dave Ballard (C) in the general election on November 2..
|South Carolina House of Representatives Republican Primary (2010)|
|Daniel Cooper (Incumbent)||2,882|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
Joshua Putnam received a score of 54% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Bill Chumley (53%), Eric Bedingfield (47%), Tom Corbin (47%), and Marion Frye (47%).
On his 2011 campaign site, Putnam details his policy goals:
- State Rights: "You don’t need me to tell you that the federal government is out of control. The budget deficit is at a record high, and the national debt is perilously rising every day. At every turn, the federal government seeks to infringe on the day-to-day lives of regular Americans like you and me... Because of the aggressive nature of the federal government, I believe South Carolina should be a leader among the 50 States in using the power of the 10th Amendment to curtail the harmful consequences of federal policies."
- Job Creation: "Businesses must operate with a profit and the only way to do this is by producing more or cutting cost. We, as legislators must find new ways to help them cut their costs, such as looking into lowering our corporate income tax, reducing property tax, and training the most skilled workforce... Government cannot be the guarantor or provider of jobs in South Carolina, but government certainly shouldn’t get in the way of small business owners expanding or new businesses locating to South Carolina."
- Transparency: " I will work diligently to bring about transparency within the State house. Now, is the time for our elected officials to be accountable to their word. It is unacceptable for “the People” not know how their leaders vote and where they stand on the issues."
- Education: "We are faced with overwhelming budget deficits, teacher layoffs, and overcrowding classrooms. At this time in our state’s history, we must focus on the basics, close the loopholes in the system, and cut wasteful programs that don’t work. Teachers should be given more authority within the classrooms to teach, and the ability to demand the full potential of their students."
- Waste: "If elected, I will look for ways to cut government and bureaucracy and employ a pay as you go system like that which is in our own households. Required audits for government spending are a must."
- Unemployment System: "The unemployment system was designed to be a spring board for those who lose their jobs until they are able to find new ones... I will diligently look into ways of cutting waste and restoring the founding principles of this system... Loop holes need to be closed for the ineligible in order for the system to remain functional to serve those that are needy."
- Joshua Putnam Campaign Site
- Joshua Putnam, Facebook
- Anderson Independent Mail, "Joshua Putnam wins Republican runoff in House District 10," July 27, 2010
- Anderson Independent Mail, "Republicans field six candidates for Cooper seat," May 23, 2011
- Putnam Campaign Site, "Meet Joshua Putnam," accessed August 16, 2011
- AP.org "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results" Accessed November 7, 2012
- South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 20, 2012
- South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official Primary Results," June 29, 2012
- Independent Mail, "Joshua Putnam wins Republican runoff in House District 10," July 26, 2011
- Independent Mail, "Joshua Putnam becomes state’s youngest House representative," August 30, 2011
- South Carolina general election results
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, 2012
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
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