Phyllis Henderson

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Phyllis Henderson
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South Carolina House District 21
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedDecember 14, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Cincinnati, 1982
Master'sIndiana University, 1984
Office website
Phyllis Henderson (b. November 14, 1959) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber on December 14, 2010 in a special election.


Henderson received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 and her M.P.A. from Indiana University in 1984.

She has worked as a Management Analyst for the City of Greenville and served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Henderson also worked as campaign manager for the Jim DeMint for Congress campaign in 1988.

Committee assignments


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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
Operations and Management


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



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Henderson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election November 6.[1][2]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Henderson Incumbent 98.9% 15,865
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 175
Total Votes 16,040


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Henderson defeated Susan Scarborough Smith (D) in the December 14, 2010 special election to South Carolina House of Representatives District 21.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Henderson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Henderson raised a total of $59,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[3]

Phyllis Henderson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 21 Won $59,092
Grand Total Raised $59,092


Henderson won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Henderson raised a total of $59,092.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phyllis Henderson's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Orthopedic Association$2,000
South Carolina Optometric Association$1,000
Southeastern Spine Institute$1,000
Michelin North America$1,000
Lawrence, Rachel$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$59,092
Source:Follow the Money


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."[4]


Phyllis Henderson received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 32nd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[5] Her score was followed by representatives Davey Hiott (27%), Bill Hixon (27%), and Jenny Horne (27%).[6]


Henderson is married to Richard. They have three children.

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Preceded by
William Wylie
South Carolina House of Representatives District 21
Succeeded by