B.R. Skelton

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B.R. Skelton
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South Carolina House District 3
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
B.R. Skelton (b. January 21, 1933) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Skelton earned his B.S. and M.S. from Clemson University in 1956 and 1958, respectively. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1964. Skelton worked as a Real Estate Broker, a Residential Contractor, a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Clemson University, and an Arbitrator/Mediator.

Skelton served on the Clemson City Council from 1971 to 1974.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Skelton served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Skelton served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Skelton served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Skelton was defeated in the Republican primary on June 12 by Ed J. Harris, but the result was overturned by the state GOP chairman after it was revealed Harris had not filed all the necessary paperwork to run.[1] Skelton defeated Ed J. Harris in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4] [5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngB.R. Skelton Incumbent 53.2% 5,384
     Republican Ed J. Harris 46.3% 4,679
     Other Write-Ins 0.5% 49
Total Votes 10,112
South Carolina House of Representatives District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd J. Harris 51.6% 1,146
B.R. Skelton Incumbent 48.4% 1,073
Total Votes 2,219

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Skelton ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 3 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Skelton won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[6].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 3 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png B.R. Skelton (R) 5,125 96.44%
Write-In 189 3.56%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Skelton won re-election to the 3rd District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Jason Gale (D).

Skelton raised $60,895 for his campaign, while Gale raised $2,526.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 3 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png B.R. Skelton (R) 6,458
Jason Gale (D) 3,650

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Skelton is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Skelton raised a total of $228,858 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[8]

B.R. Skelton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 3 Won $65,763
2010 South Carolina State House, District 3 Won $2,150
2008 South Carolina State House, District 3 Won $60,895
2006 South Carolina State House, District 3 Won $21,525
2004 South Carolina State House, District 3 Won $0
2002 South Carolina State House, District 3 Won $78,525
Grand Total Raised $228,858

2012

Skelton won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Skelton raised a total of $65,763.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to B.R. Skelton's campaign in 2012
Skelton, B R$25,000
House Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Wj Breas Inc$1,000
Smith, William C$1,000
Mckissick Iii, Smyth$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$65,763
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Skelton won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Skelton raised a total of $2,150.

2008

Skelton won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Skelton raised a total of $60,895.

2006

Skelton won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Skelton raised a total of $21,525.

2002

Skelton won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Skelton raised a total of $78,525.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in South Carolina

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of South Carolina scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013-2014

The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 120th legislative session from January 8, 2013, to June 6, 2014. In 2014, a statewide session was held from June 17 to June 19 "for the consideration of certain specified matters."[9]

  • Legislators are scored on business issues, including: infrastructure funding, the Department of Employment and Workforce Integrity bill, expanding 4-year-old kindergarten and funding for the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council.
  • The scorecards are not comprehensive, but concentrate on issues related to jobs, spending, and freedom.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.

2011-2012

The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 119th legislative session from January 11, 2011, to June 7, 2012. On June 2, 2011, Governor Nikki Haley attempted to call the Legislature into an "emergency" special session to begin on June 7 to create the new South Carolina Department of Administration. A lawsuit was filed by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, in which he contended that Haley's call for a special session was unconstitutional, and that it violated the state Constitution's requirement of separation of powers among the governor, legislature and courts.[10] On June 6, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled 3-2 against Governor Haley, stating that her order violated the Legislature's ability to set its calendar and agenda.[11] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[12] The legislature re-convened July 26.[13]

  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • Legislators are scored on medicaid flexibility, economic development, vetoes sustained, and record of votes.
  • Legislators are scored on limited government, the free market, and individual liberty and responsibility.
  • The RLC supports individual rights, limited government and free enterprise.
  • BIPEC uses roll call votes on business and industry issues to calculate a Vote Score for members of South Carolina's state legislature.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.

The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard

See also: The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Scorecard for South Carolina Representatives and Senators once a year. The Scorecard gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."[14]

2012

B. R. Skelton received a score of 33% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 16th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives Tommy Stringer (33%), William Taylor (33%), and David Tribble Jr (33%).[16]

Personal

Skelton and his wife, Vickie Lynn, have four children.

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