Kristopher Crawford

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Kristopher Crawford
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South Carolina House District 63
Incumbent
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2012
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$119/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionPhysician
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kristopher "Kris" Crawford (b. November 12, 1969) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 63.

Arrested

On April 1, 2010, Crawford was arrested for failing to file income tax returns. He is charged with four counts of failing to file individual income taxes for 2004 to 2007, as well as three counts of failing to file corporate income taxes for 2005 to 2007. If convicted he could face up to seven years in prison.[1]

Education

Crawford earned his BS from The Citadel in 1992. He went on to receive his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2001.

Professional experience

Crawford is chief resident of McLeod Family Practice. He works as a physician.

Political experience

Crawford joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 2007. He has served in that position since, representing the 63rd District.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Crawford has been appointed to the following committees:

  • Subcommittee on Insurance
  • Subcommittee on Public Utility

2009-2010

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

Subcommittee on Banking and Consumer Affairs
Subcommittee on Insurance

Issues

Cap on superintendent pay

In March 2009, the Marlboro County School Board in a split vote approved buying out then-Superintendent’s Alisa Goodman’s contract for $400,000, adding another $10,000 to cover her attorney fees, according to published reports.

Rep. Phillip Lowe said that never sat well with him. On Wednesday, he introduced a bill (H. 3297) that would ban South Carolina’s 85 school districts from offering severance packages to fired superintendents exceeding the superintendent’s annual salary. This would be enforced unless approved by district voters in a special election.

"I understand that there’s a contract, that there’s a need to do something," Lowe said. "But not a golden parachute. This is public money."

Rep. Crawford is one of the bill’s five co-sponsors.

"I think we have to be serious about admin costs," said Rep. Crawford.

Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, says her organization "really would question this bill."

"We elect school board members to run their districts," Spearman said. "One of their main (duties) is to hire and fire the superintendent."

Lowe counters that the S.C. General Assembly has the right to address the severance pay issue because school districts receive state funding.

Following were the top 10 highest-paid superintendents last year, according to The Nerve’s analysis of DOE data:[2]

  • Phinnize Fisher, Greenville County Schools, $218,167;
  • Katie Brochu, Richland District 2, $213,244;
  • Valerie Truesdale, Beaufort County Schools, $205,600;
  • Cindy Elsberry, Horry County Schools, $205,000;
  • Anthony Parker, Berkeley County Schools, $195,000 (recently announced retirement; left position on Friday);
  • Percy Mack, Richland District 1, $195,000;
  • Herbert Berg*, Lexington-Richland District 5, $193,375 (retired last year);
  • Jospeh Pye, Dorchester District 2, $191,267;
  • Nancy McGinley, Charleston County Schools, $191,084;
  • Lynn Moody, York District 3, $184,240; and
  • Marc Sosne, York District 2, $174,916.
*Published reports listed Berg's annual salary at $195,000.

Presidential preference

2012

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

Kristopher Crawford endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Crawford ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12.[4]

2010

Crawford ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 63 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Crawford defeated Sheila Gallagher (D) in the general election on November 2[5].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kristopher Crawford (R) 8,239 64.17%
Sheila Gallagher (D, WF) 4590 35.75%
Write-In 11 0.09%

2008

On November 4, 2008 Crawford won re-election to the 63rd District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Barry Wingard (D).

Crawford raised $121,928 for his campaign, while Wingard raised $32,644.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kristopher Crawford (R) 11,941
Barry Wingard (D) 6,217

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, a year in which Crawford was up for re-election, he collected $92,131 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kristopher Crawford's campaign in 2010
Republican Caucus$5,000
Lawhon, J Mark$1,000
Meiere, Cheney$1,000
Mims, Albert$1,000
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $92,131

2008

Kristopher Crawford raised $121,928 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Kristopher Crawford $35,000
House Republicans of South Carolina $5,000
Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center $2,000
Belissary Gail $1,750
3 different donors each donated: $1,500

Personal

Crawford and his wife, M. Rebecca, have four children.

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 63
2006–present
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