South Carolina’s Business and Industry Political Education Committee has released its annual legislative report card for all of members of the South Carolina House and Senate, and Seneca-based Rep. Bill Sandifer received the highest score of the 124 House members with a 98.12.

BIPEC, a politically nonpartisan business and industry organization, has been keeping score and informing South Carolinians about how their legislators are voting on business-related issues since 1985. The organization uses roll call votes and bill sponsorships on business and industry issues to calculate a vote score for each member. Legislators are graded based on how they vote on issues such as property taxes, health care and tort reform, local and state regulatory fees, licenses and corporate income taxes.

Sandifer said receiving such a high score from, “the preeminent business-positive group in the state” was humbling.

“SC BIPEC’s input is highly sought after by business-minded members of the Legislature,” Sandifer added. “In the Legislature, one of my primary goals is making South Carolina a good place to do business, so the private sector can expand and prosper. When we create a business-friendly climate, the end result will be a stronger economy, new jobs and, ultimately, a better standard of living for the families of our state.”