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Meet Curtis Loftis
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has a unique conservative political perspective. His background of owning and operating a successful business has established a basis upon which he could share his blessings with others through his private charity, The Saluda Charitable Foundation. The Foundation focuses its giving on the education, nutrition and medical care of children, especially those with disabilities. Saluda Charitable has served more than 300,000 meals, built a church, renovated schools and hospitals, and sponsored medical missions and food pantries.
Upon entering office, Treasurer Loftis became the first statewide office holder in the U.S. to post his entire work calendar online. The Treasurer also made good on a campaign promise to refuse a state-issued car, instead opting to drive his own car to and from the office. The Treasurer has been a vocal supporter for more government transparency and has created waves by forcing Budget and Control Board meetings to a larger venue and posting numerous important documents online for the public to see in the Treasurer’s Transparency Center.
Loftis was born in Columbia and graduated from the University of South Carolina where
he was a president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and served as president of the student senate. In high school he was also active in sports and commanded the nation’s largest Naval JROTC unit. Loftis serves as a member of the Saluda-Ternopil board of directors and Doctors on Missions. He lives in West Columbia and is a member of First Baptist Church.
While he has traveled extensively around the world on behalf of his charitable activities,
Loftis retains an abiding love of South Carolina’s varied geography, her towns, cities, counties, her agriculture, crafts and commerce. Above all, he has developed a high regard for South Carolina’s diligent citizens. Their tax dollars, after all, make the proper functioning of state government possible.
In February, 2007, the state’s Lieutenant Governor appointed Loftis as Director of the
Office on Aging. Curt’s leadership resulted in the reduction of organizational budget by
23%–allowing these funds to be re-directed to services for seniors. In late 2008, the state’s Comptroller General asked Loftis to serve as Director of Transparency, responsible for maintaining the state’s “transparency” website and working to shed light on state and local government spending.
Loftis has come to realize that considerable waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars occurs in state government. This realization motivated his successful primary challenge in June and is the basis upon which he will operate the state treasurer’s office.
No matter how uncomfortable it may make bureaucrats, lobbyists, members of the privileged political elite and elected officials, Loftis believes in thrift, productivity, and transparency and will do his best to nurture the state’s revenues. He believes the people of South Carolina, regardless of their political affiliation, deserve decisive and energetic leadership combined with a forceful demonstration of their values.
Curtis’ business skills and reputation for thrift will guide his hand in protecting the interests of the state’s taxpayers; his background in philanthropy will guide his heart. He fully expects his feet to be held to the fire regarding the principles and promises he has made while campaigning. Some of these include: limiting himself to serving two terms, to promptly post relevant and important financial reports, records, and documents on the internet, to maintain and post his public schedule on a daily basis, to refuse use of a state-funded automobile, and to strive to make the office of South Carolina’s State Treasurer the most transparent in the nation.
To get an inside look at the Treasuer’s office, please click here to the Treasurer’s Transparency Center.