Hugh Leatherman

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Hugh Leatherman
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South Carolina State Senate District 31
Incumbent
In office
1980-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 34
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Senate Majority Leader, South Carolina State Senate
Present
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1980
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Quinby Town Council
1967-1976
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University, 1953
Personal
BirthdayApril 14, 1931
Place of birthLincoln County, NC
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. (b. April 14, 1931) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 1980. He previously served as the State Senate Majority Leader.

Biography

Leatherman earned his B.S. from North Carolina State University in 1953.

Leatherman was the Managing Partner for WyBoo Investment. He was also the President of Leacon Incorporated. He has worked as President of Florence Concrete Products.

Leatherman served on the Quinby Town Council from 1967 to 1976. He was Mayor Pro-Tempore from 1971 to 1976.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics
Finance, Chair
Interstate Cooperation, Chair
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Rules
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Leatherman ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

South Carolina State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Leatherman Incumbent 99% 31,613
     Other Write-Ins 1% 305
Total Votes 31,918

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Leatherman won re-election for District 31 of the South Carolina State Senate with 31,470 votes, ahead of write-ins (287).[3]

He raised $480,412 for his campaign.[4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 31
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Hugh Leatherman (R) 31,470
Write-ins 287

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Leatherman is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Leatherman raised a total of $2,530,666 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[5]

Hugh Leatherman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Won $363,617
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $80,199
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Won $480,412
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $266,454
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Won $546,502
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $56,049
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Won $531,648
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 31 Won $205,785
Grand Total Raised $2,530,666

2012

Leatherman won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $363,617.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Hugh Leatherman's campaign in 2012
Scana Corp$2,000
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina$2,000
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$1,000
Joye Law Firm$1,000
A & I Corp$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$363,617
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Leatherman was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $80,199.

2008

Leatherman won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $480,412.

2006

Leatherman was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $266,454.

2004

Leatherman won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $546,502.

2002

Leatherman was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $56,049.

2000

Leatherman won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $531,648.

1996

Leatherman won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Leatherman raised a total of $205,785.

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."[6]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

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.[7] 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.[8] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[9] The legislature re-convened July 26.[10]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records on bills that directly impacted the business climate and competitiveness of the state.

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."[11]

2012

Hugh Leatherman received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 32nd out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[12] His score was followed by Senators Phil Leventis (6%), Joel Lourie (6%), and Gerald Malloy (6%).[13]

Personal

Leatherman and his wife, Jean, have six children.

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1980–present
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