Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. was elected State Treasurer of South Carolina on November 2, 2010. He was the first person to ever defeat an incumbent Republican in a statewide primary. A native of Lexington County and graduate of the University of South Carolina, Curtis is also a successful small business owner and the founder and benefactor of The Saluda Charitable Foundation. Curtis is also an avid outdoorsman. He loves to hunt, hike, camp, and work on his land in West Columbia. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Eastern & Western Europe, and Central America.
Curtis is a strong fiscal conservative and passionate advocate of taxpayers. He was elected on the promise to protect state funds by working to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse and bring transparency and accountability to state government, and since taking office he has worked everyday to keep that promise. Some of his notable accomplishments include: saving $164 million refinancing debt; saving $1.3 million annually by restructuring fees; reworking the Future Scholar 529 College Savings Direct Plan so it now as the lowest fees in the nation; posting his entire work calendar and all travel expenses online; posting important financial reports, records, and documents online; refusing a state-issued car, instead opting to drive his own car to and from the office; forcing the State Budget and Control Board meetings to a larger venue to allow for greater public access; and conducting the first audit of the State Treasurer’s Office since 1988.
Curtis is committed to transparency, accountability and efficiency in government and will do whatever is necessary to protect the state’s taxpayer dollars, regardless of who it makes uncomfortable.