Clementa Pinckney

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Clementa Pinckney
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South Carolina State Senate District 45
Incumbent
In office
2000-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 14
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1977-2000
Education
Bachelor'sAllen University, 1995
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1999
Personal
BirthdayJuly 30, 1973
Place of birthBeaufort, SC
ProfessionPastor
ReligionA.M.E.
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Clementa C. Pinckney (b. July 30, 1973) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Pinckney served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1997 to 2000.

Biography

Pinckney was a Research Fellow at Princeton University in 1994. He then earned his B.A. from Allen University in 1995. He went on to receive his M.P.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He then attended Graduate Studies at Lutheran Southern Seminary in 1999.

Pinckney is currently a student and also a Pastor for Mount Horry AME Church on Younges Island.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Corrections and Penology
Finance
Medical Affairs
Education

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Pinckney ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and defeated Leilani Bessinger (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

South Carolina State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClementa Pinckney Incumbent 66.1% 26,825
     Republican Leilani Bessinger 33.6% 13,652
     Other Write-Ins 0.3% 110
Total Votes 40,587

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

On November 4, 2008, Pinckney won re-election for District 45 of the South Carolina State Senate with 27,569 votes, ahead of write-ins (175).[4]

He raised $42,254 for his campaign.[5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 45
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Clementa Pinckney (D) 27,569
Write-ins 175

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pinckney is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Pinckney raised a total of $123,150 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[6]

Clementa Pinckney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 45 Won $6,800
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 45 Not up for election $750
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 45 Won $42,254
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 45 Not up for election $1,000
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 45 Won $20,850
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 45 Not up for election $2,550
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 45 Won $37,900
1998 South Carolina State House, District 122 Won $5,875
1996 South Carolina State House, District 122 Won $5,171
Grand Total Raised $123,150

2012

Pinckney won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $6,800.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clementa Pinckney's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association$1,000
South Carolina Blue & Blue Shield$1,000
South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association$1,000
South Carolina Trucking Association$500
South Carolina Dental Association$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,800
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pinckney was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $750.

2008

Pinckney won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $42,254.

2006

Pinckney was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $1,000.

2004

Pinckney won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $20,850.

2002

Pinckney was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $2,550.

2000

Pinckney won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $37,900.

1998

Pinckney won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $5,875.

1996

Pinckney won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Pinckney raised a total of $5.

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.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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."[7]

  • 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.
  • Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, monitors the voting records of North Carolina’s state legislators on key environmental issues.
  • 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.[8] 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.[9] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[10] The legislature re-convened July 26.[11]

  • 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."[12]

2012

Clementa Pinckney received a score of 0% in the 2012 score card, ranking 46th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[13][14]

Personal

Pinckney and his wife, Jennifer, have one child.

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