|South Carolina House District 63|
|2006 - Present|
|November 8, 2012|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
- 1 Arrested
- 2 Education
- 3 Professional experience
- 4 Political experience
- 5 Committee assignments
- 6 Issues
- 7 Elections
- 8 Campaign donors
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
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.
Crawford is chief resident of McLeod Family Practice. He works as a physician.
Crawford joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 2007. He has served in that position since, representing the 63rd District.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Crawford has been appointed to the following committees:
- Subcommittee on Insurance
- Subcommittee on Public Utility
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Crawford served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee on Banking and Consumer Affairs
- Subcommittee on Insurance
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:
- 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.
Crawford ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12.
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.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2010)|
|Kristopher Crawford (R)||8,239||64.17%|
|Sheila Gallagher (D, WF)||4590||35.75%|
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.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63 (2008)|
|Kristopher Crawford (R)||11,941|
|Barry Wingard (D)||6,217|
In 2010, a year in which Crawford was up for re-election, he collected $92,131 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kristopher Crawford's campaign in 2010|
|Lawhon, J Mark||$1,000|
|Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$92,131|
Kristopher Crawford raised $121,928 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|House Republicans of South Carolina||$5,000|
|Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center||$2,000|
|3 different donors each donated:||$1,500|
Crawford and his wife, M. Rebecca, have four children.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. Kristopher Crawford
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- WMBF, "SC legislator arrested on income tax charges," April 1, 2010
- "Bill Would Cap Payouts to School Superintendents," The Nerve, January 17, 2011
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
- South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 23, 2012
- South Carolina general election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Campaign contributors to Kristopher Crawford
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