Lawmakers still padding own pockets

SC Lawmakers pad own pockets

USA Today broke a story about state lawmakers drawing their pensions while they continue to “serve” us in the General Assembly.

Senator David Thomas was singled out in the front page story probably because his pension is three times a Senator’s salary.

But a follow up story published Tuesday, September 27th, by The State reveals that Senator Thomas is not alone.  Indeed, he has quite a bit of company.  Nineteen actively serving Senators are collecting their pensions.

That’s over 40% of our State Senate collecting their pension while they serve!  You can see the list below.

Let’s give them all what they deserve… retirement!

If you look at where these nineteen rank on the Palmetto Liberty Score Card, you can see that most rank pretty low.  We can do South Carolina a favor by serving them up with a nice retirement party!

To add insult to injury, lawmakers are currently considering adjustments to the state retirement system that would reduce benefits to state retirees.  Retirement system costs do need to be reduced because of the billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities in our state retirement system.

But do you think what they are considering would affect their ability to collect pensions before they actually retire?  No, it does not!

Here is the list of Senators as reported by The State that are collecting pensions.

Give them a call and let them know what you think!

And, if you can, chip in to Palmetto Liberty PAC.  We will be working hard to replace this guys!  A $10 donation will go a long way.  You can mail a check to PO Box 293, Lexington, SC 29071 or make a donation on line  Just click the Donate button.

Whether you donate or not, please contact your Senator if he is on the list and tell him what you think.

You can find who your Senator is by following this link and entering your zip code.


Ralph Anderson, D-Greenville

(803) 212-6032


John Courson, R-Richland

(803) 212-6250


Dick Elliott, D-Horry

(803) 212-6116


Mike Fair, R-Greenville

(803) 212-6420


Robert Ford, D-Charleston

(803) 212-6124


Wes Hayes, R-York

(803) 212-6410


Senate Minority Leader John Land, D-Clarendon

(803) 212-6180


Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence

(803) 212-6640


Phil Leventis, D-Sumter

(803) 212-6000


Larry Martin, R-Pickens

(803) 212-6340


John Matthews, D-Orangeburg

(803) 212-6056


President Pro Temp Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston

(803) 212-6610


Yancey McGill, D-Williamsburg

(803) 212-6132


House Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee

(803) 212-6430


Glenn Reese, D-Spartanburg

(803) 212-6108


Mike Rose, R-Dorchester

(803) 212-6056


John Scott, D-Richland

(803) 212-6048


Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington

(803) 212-6140


David Thomas, R-Greenville

(803) 212-6240


Thanks for all you do!

Talbert Black, Jr.

About Talbert Black

Talbert Black Jr is the founder of Palmetto Liberty PAC. His education in state politics & citizen lobbying began in 1999 with his membership in GrassRoots GunRights SC. In 2008 he joined the Campaign for Liberty and within a year he was the Interim State Coordinator for South Carolina. His goal for Palmetto Liberty PAC is to change to composition of South Carolina’s General Assembly so that it consistently supports conservative principles.

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