Joshua Putnam

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Joshua Putnam
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South Carolina House District 10
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedAugust 30, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Greenville University, 2011
Office website
Joshua A. Putnam is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in the August 30, 2011 special election. Putnam was running to fill the vacancy created when incumbent Daniel Cooper (R) resigned in April of 2011 (effective June 29). Cooper, a 20-year veteran of the House, stated that he wanted to spend more time with his family.[1]

Putnam unsuccessfully challenged Cooper in the 2010 Republican primary for the District 10 in the South Carolina House of Representatives.


Putnam earned his B.S. from North Greenville University in 2011. 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.[2]

Committee assignments


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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works


Campaign themes


Putnam’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • State Rights:
Excerpt: "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:
Excerpt: "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:
Excerpt: "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:
Excerpt: "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:
Excerpt: "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:
Excerpt: "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."



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Putnam defeated Hamp Johnson in the Republican primary on June 12 and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Putnam Incumbent 98.8% 12,534
     Other Write-Ins 1.2% 155
Total Votes 12,689

South Carolina House of Representatives District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Putman Incumbent 61.3% 1,478
Hamp Johnson 38.7% 935
Total Votes 2,413


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Putnam defeated Dave Ballard (D) in the August 30, 2011 special election.[7][8]


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[9].

South Carolina House of Representatives Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Cooper (Incumbent) 2,882
Joshua Putnam 2,751

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Putnam is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Putnam raised a total of $59,221 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[10]

Joshua Putnam's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 10 Won $33,657
2011 South Carolina State House, District 10 Won $22,754
2010 South Carolina State House, District 10 Defeated $2,810
Grand Total Raised $59,221


Putnam won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Putnam raised a total of $33,657.


Putnam won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2011. During that election cycle, Putnam raised a total of $22,754.


Putnam lost the election for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Putnam raised a total of $2,810.


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."[11]


Joshua Putnam received a score of 54% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 1st out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[12] His score was followed by representatives Bill Chumley (53%), Eric Bedingfield (47%), Tom Corbin (47%), and Marion Frye (47%).[13]


Presidential preference


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

Joshua Putnam endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [14]

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Preceded by
Daniel Cooper
South Carolina House of Representatives District 10
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