J. David Weeks

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J. David Weeks
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South Carolina House District 51
Incumbent
In office
2000 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
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 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMorris College, 1975
Master'sHoward University, 1996
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1989
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
J. David Weeks (b. September 24, 1953) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Biography

Weeks attended Morris College, School of Religion. He then earned his B.A. from Morris College in 1975. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1989. He then received his M.Ed. from Howard University in 1996. Weeks served as Municipal Court Judge of Timmonsville from 1996 to 2000. He is currently an attorney. Weeks served as Chair of the Sumter City/County Planning Committee from 1998 to 2000.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Ethics, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent J. David Weeks was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Weeks is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Weeks ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJ. David Weeks Incumbent 99.5% 14,049
     Other Write-Ins 0.5% 77
Total Votes 14,126

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Weeks ran unopposed in both the June 8 Democratic primary and November 2 general election for District 51 of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 51 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png J. David Weeks (D) 6,973 99.32%
Write-In 48 0.68%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Weeks won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 11,855 votes, representing District 51.[5]

Weeks raised $14,150 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 51 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png J. David Weeks (D) 11,855

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Weeks is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Weeks raised a total of $80,525 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 30, 2013.[7]

J. David Weeks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 51 Won $10,650
2010 South Carolina State House, District 51 Won $17,250
2008 South Carolina State House, District 51 Won $14,150
2006 South Carolina State House, District 51 Won $6,550
2004 South Carolina State House, District 51 Won $10,613
2002 South Carolina State House, District 51 Won $10,302
2000 South Carolina State House, District 51 Won $11,010
Grand Total Raised $80,525

2012

Weeks won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Weeks raised a total of $10,650.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to J. David Weeks's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Cardiovascular Surgery$1,000
South Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association$1,000
Citizens Bank$1,000
Trone, David J$1,000
H & S Wholesalers Inc$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$10,650
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Weeks won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Weeks raised a total of $17,250.

2008

Weeks won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Weeks raised a total of $14,150.

2006

Weeks won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Weeks raised a total of $6,550.

2004

Weeks won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Weeks raised a total of $10,613.

2002

Weeks won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Weeks raised a total of $10,302.

2000

Weeks won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Weeks raised a total of $11,010.

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."[8]

  • 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.[9] 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.[10] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[11] The legislature re-convened July 26.[12]

  • 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."[13]

2012

J. David Weeks received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 105th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[14] His score was followed by representatives Jackson Whipper (13%), Carl Anderson (7%), and Eric Bikas (7%).[15]

Personal

Weeks and his wife, Cheryl, have two children.

Controversies

Panama trip funding

Weeks was one of several South Carolina lawmakers who traveled to Panama in September 2010 for a three-day trip paid for by the South Carolina State Ports Authority, even though he's a member of a commission that oversees the authority. At least $29,000 was spent on the Ports Authority-sponsored junket, which sought to promote South Carolina ports to Panama Canal officials. Information gathered by the investigative journalism website The Nerve showed that the authority covered most of the costs for the seven-member legislative group, which included five legislators - Weeks; Sen. Lawrence Grooms, R-Berkeley; Rep. Bill Sandifer, III, R-Oconee; Sen. Phillip Shoopman, R-Greenville, and then-Rep. Harry Cato, R-Greenville.[16]

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2000–present
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