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More Than 50 Legislators Honored With Business Advocate Awards

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Columbia, S.C. — The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business, presented 54 South Carolina legislators with the third annual Business Advocate Award. Rock Hill attorney and District 47 Representative, Tommy Pope was one of the recipients. The awards were presented January 17 at the South Carolina Chamber’s Business Speaks to members of the General Assembly who scored 100 percent on the Chamber’s 2011 Legislative Scorecard.

The 2011 Legislative Scorecard tracked key legislative votes on issues, including economic development, tort reform, unemployment insurance, the Education and Economic Development Act, environmental regulatory relief, the port, jobs tax credits and more.

Business Advocate Award Winners:


  • Senator Thomas Alexander (Oconee)
  • Senator Paul Campbell (Berkeley)
  • Senator Ray Cleary (Georgetown)
  • Senator John Courson (Richland)
  • Senator Ronnie Cromer (Newberry)
  • Senator Mike Fair (Greenville)
  • Senator Larry Grooms (Berkeley)
  • Senator Wes Hayes (York)
  • Senator Larry Martin (Pickens)
  • Senator Shane Martin (Spartanburg)
  • Senator Billy O’Dell (Abbeville)
  • Senator Harvey Peeler (Cherokee)
  • Senator Luke Rankin (Horry)
  • Senator Greg Ryberg (Aiken)
  • Senator Phillip Shoopman (Greenville)
  • Senator Danny Verdin (Laurens)


  • Representative Mike Anthony (Union)
  • Representative Liston Barfield (Horry)
  • Representative Eric Bikas (Pickens)
  • Representative Don Bowen (Anderson)
  • Representative Bill Chumley (Spartanburg)
  • Representative Alan Clemmons (Horry)
  • Representative Kris Crawford (Florence)
  • Representative Bill Crosby (Charleston)
  • Representative Greg Delleney (Chester)
  • Representative Tracy Edge (Horry)
  • Representative Dan Hamilton (Greenville)
  • Representative Nelson Hardwick (Horry)
  • Representative George Hearn (Horry)
  • Representative Phyllis Henderson (Greenville)
  • Representative Bill Herbkersman (Beaufort)
  • Representative Bill Hixon (Aiken)
  • Representative Jenny Horne (Dorchester)
  • Representative Chip Limehouse (Charleston)
  • Representative Deborah Long (Lancaster)
  • Representative Phillip Lowe (Florence)
  • Representative Jay Lucas (Darlington)
  • Representative Peter McCoy (Charleston)
  • Representative James Merrill (Berkeley)
  • Representative Dennis Moss (Cherokee)
  • Representative Chris Murphy (Dorchester)
  • Representative Phil Owens (Pickens)
  • Representative Gene Pinson (Greenwood)
  • Representative Mike Pitts (Laurens)
  • Representative Tommy Pope (York)
  • Representative Murrell Smith (Sumter)
  • Representative Roland Smith (Aiken)
  • Representative Bill Taylor (Aiken)
  • Representative Bill Taylor (Aiken)
  • Representative Ted Vick (Chesterfield)
  • Representative Brian White (Anderson)/li>
  • Representative Bill Whitmire (Oconee)
  • Representative Mark Willis (Greenville)
  • Representative Tom Young (Aiken)


“The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize these members of the General Assembly who are committed to advancing business issues at the State House. It is imperative we hold legislators accountable on votes that directly impact the competitiveness of this state. Recipients of the Business Advocate Award are a testament to the importance of improving the state’s business climate,” said Otis Rawl, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

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