SC Senate District 46, elected 2009
Furman University., B.A., 1982, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Ulmer Medal
University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1985, Order of the Coif, Sobeloff Prize for Outstanding Constitutional Law Scholarship, graduated with highest honors
Has practiced law since 1985 at the firm of Harvey & Battey, P.A., and currently serves as the managing partner in the firm's real estate department.
Banking and Insurance
Chairman, Banking and Insurance, Insurance Regulation Subcommittee
Corrections and Penology
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Chairman, Labor, Commerce and Industry, Business Regulations Subcommittee
Chairman, Medical Affairs, Scope of Practice Subcommittee
Endorsements + Honors:
SC Club for Growth, SC Taxpayers Association, Conservation Voters of SC, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, SC Public Health Association, Sierra Club SC
St. Peter's Catholic Church, Beaufort County Republican Party, Lowcountry County of Governments*, Beaufort County Planning Board*, Historic Beaufort Foundation*, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority*, SC State Ports Authority*, Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce*, South Carolina Bar Association, Governor Mark Sanford Chief of Staff
*Served as Board Member
Legislative Accomplishments (author + primary sponsor)
Simply raising taxes to "solve a problem" is bad policy; it is always necessary to do the harder thing -- to spend time figuring out why, despite already ever-increasing levels of spending, we aren't getting outcomes people deserve. Land, labor, and capital-goods factors are all scarce, and society benefits when they are put to their most-productive use. Private individuals, guided by the free market to produce what consumers need, always spend money more productively than politicians and bureaucrats.
Remove these statutory scope-of-practice barriers so nurses and physician assistants stand alongside our primary-care physicians to provide basic health-care services to South Carolinians, and to increase the supply of providers, which not only increases health care access and improves health care outcomes, but also drives down costs.
I received the "Green Tie Award" as most-outstanding legislator from the Conservation Voters of SC, and I want to build on that record, which includes: authoring the Energy Freedom Act, expanding solar access for customers statewide, opposing drilling, and holding polluters accountable by ending solid-waste loopholes.
According to the US Department of Education, SC's per-pupil spending for K-12 education is right at the national average (about half of the states spend more than us), the rest spend less. Yet despite being about 25th in the nation in terms of funding, we are 49th in terms of outcomes (as measured by metrics like test scores and graduation rates). If we want to improve our system of free public education in SC – and I do – we have to start doing something more than simply spending more money. First, we must have more of the money that's appropriated spent in the classroom -- on increasing teachers' salaries and improving instructional materials, that is, on the things that actually lead to better educated children -- and less spent on the bloated K-12 bureaucracy.
Break up the existing territorial monopolies that have been legislatively granted to companies like Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Open -- the objective being for consumers to pay rates that are a function of what competition in the energy-production market dictates, as opposed to simply paying a mega-utility a guaranteed rate of return on its invested capital.