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Gary Clary

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Gary Clary
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 3
In office
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
(timed out) Office website
Campaign website
Gary E. Clary is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Clary's professional experience includes working as Minority Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Internal Security, as a Legislative Assistant, as a private attorney, and as a Circuit Judge in South Carolina.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Education and Public Works
Legislative Oversight


Campaign themes


Clary's campaign emphasized the following themes:[2]

  • Government Spending

Excerpt: "I believe spending taxpayer dollars on special projects that do not improve the quality of life for citizens must stop. I am a fiscal conservative and believe we can do better at prioritizing our budget to fit the needs of our state. I will always fight for an efficient and balanced budget in Columbia."

  • Jobs/Economy

Excerpt: "I believe Pickens County has an unlimited potential for continued economic growth. I will ensure economic drivers like Clemson University continue to thrive and I will take advantage of every opportunity to get government out of the way of small business owners. When the private sector partners with the public sector everybody wins."

  • Education

Excerpt: "I believe education is the key to a bright future. We have some of the finest education institutions in the nation right here in District 3 but we can do better. When our teachers have the best resources available our students thrive. I will lead the charge to ensure every child has the necessary tools for success. There is no greater investment we can make."

  • Accountability and Transparency

Excerpt: "I believe while government has demanded more and more of its citizens that government has become less and less transparent. I will institute an open door policy, vote in favor of income disclosure, and ensure input from the citizens of District 3 will be prioritized over that of lobbyists. I will conduct a quarterly town hall forum so I am certain of the issues that matter most to you and decisive action will be taken."



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Gary Clary defeated Ed J. Harris in the Republican primary. Travis McCurry ran as a Libertarian. Clary defeated McCurry in the general election.[3][4][5]

South Carolina State House, District 3, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Clary 83.9% 5,117
     Libertarian Travis McCurry 16.1% 983
Total Votes 6,100
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary E. Clary 56.5% 1,716
Ed J. Harris 43.5% 1,320
Total Votes 3,036


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Preceded by
B.R. Skelton (R)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 3
Succeeded by