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SC Chamber Announces 2019 Business Advocates and Unveils New, Online Legislative Scorecard

September 12, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber today announced the recipients of the 2019 Business Advocate Awards and unveiled a new, interactive tool for tracking votes on legislation important to the business community.

The 2019 Business Advocates are South Carolina Representatives:

Nathan Ballentine Wallace “Jay” Jordan, Jr.
Bruce Bannister  Roger Kirby
Paula Rawl Calhoon Thomas “Randy” Ligon
Gary Clary James “Jay” Lucas
Alan Clemmons Timothy “Tim” McGinnis
William “Bill” Clyburn Brandon Newton
Neal Collins Weston Newton
Westley “West” Cox Russell Ott
Heather Ammons Crawford Thomas “Tommy” Pope
Sylleste Davis Robert Ridgeway III
Chandra Dillard Michael Rivers, Sr.
Jason Elliott William “Bill” Sandifer III
Michael “Mike” Forrester Gary Simrill
Russell Fry Leonidas “Leon” Stavrinakis
Craig Gagnon Ivory Thigpen
Jackie “Coach” Hayes William “Bill” Whitmire
Lonnie Hosey Robert Williams
Max Hyde, Jr.  
Joseph Jefferson, Jr.  

No Senators received the award this year. The 2019 Scorecard designates the Senate’s work as “score-pending” in an effort to highlight the urgent need to address the state’s most important issues upon their return in January 2020 for the second half of the two-year session.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts said, “The State Chamber is pleased to recognize this year’s Business Advocates. These House members all cast votes that help push issues that move job growth and the economy in the right direction.”


Each legislative session, the Chamber tracks roll call votes on key business issues and tallies them to determine an overall score for each member of the General Assembly. This year the Chamber scored votes related to fixing our uncompetitive tax structure, overhauling our broken education system, and continuing to fill the workforce gap.

New Online Legislative Scorecard

The Chamber unveiled an entirely revamped scorecard this year. The new online tool is interactive, filterable, and shareable for ease of use by businesses, the public, and policymakers.

The Scorecard, available at https://www.scchamber.net/advocacy/legislative-scorecard, allows individuals to search for their legislator(s) and see how they voted on Chamber-scored bills. They can also filter results by county, session, party, and bill. Legislators’ voting records can also be shared on social media.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts said, “This tool will allow our members and the public to see how their legislators are voting on the key issues important to our state’s economy.”

Click here to explore the new Scorecard!

Contact: Katie Titus, Director of Communications and Government Affairs Manager, katie.titus@scchamber.net, 916-996-2015


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