James Bolin

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James Bolin
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South Dakota House District 16
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Canton
2007 - 2008
Education
Bachelor'sSeattle Pacific University, 1973
Master'sUniversity of South Dakota, 1988
Personal
Birthday12/31/1950
Place of birthPortland, OR
ReligionEvangelical Protestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
James "Jim" Bolin (b. December 31, 1950) is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Bolin served as Mayor of the City of Canton from 2007 to 2008.

Biography

Bolin earned his B.A. from Seattle Pacific University in 1973 and his M.A. from the University of South Dakota in 1988. His professional experience includes working as an Athletic Director for Canton Public Schools from 1996 to 2007 and teaching at Canton Public Schools since 1987.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Joint Appropriations
Retirement Laws, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Bolin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Promote Energy Independence

  • Excerpt: "Our society must escape the grasp of foreign oil suppliers. We must find and develop domestic sources of petroleum. Our energy policy must include increased domestic drilling and the additional use of petroleum in ANWR and other domestic locations."

Resist Obamacare

  • Excerpt: "Jim opposes Obamacare and has consistently spoken out against it and its implementation in our state. Our state should not be involved with its implementation and therefore he has opposed SB 38 and 43. Jim is also opposed to the possible expansion of Medicaid in our state as these increased costs will only crowd out money for other needed and vital programs for our state."

Maintain Our Pro-Business Climate

  • Excerpt: "Jim will work to preserve the pro-business climate in the state. He will oppose any and all attempts to impose an income tax in the state, corporate or individual. He is also opposed to a raise in the general state sales tax. He will work to maintain the property tax limitation that now governs the potential rise in property taxes each year."

Second Amendment

  • Excerpt: "Jim is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment."

Life Issues

  • Excerpt: "Jim is a pro-life candidate. He believes that life begins at conception and should end with natural death. Jim believes that the case of Roe vs. Wade (1973) was wrongly decided."

Elections

2014

See also: South Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Bolin initially showed interest in running for election to the office of South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands in 2014. In early October 2013, he announced he would not be running, stating, “Due to the fact that I was an early and vocal skeptic of the Common Core, I have been deluged with requests to comment on this subject from all over the state. I have concluded that I cannot run an effective statewide race and at the same time be heavily involved in efforts to oppose Common Core.”[2][3][4]

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Jim Fedderson and Brian Shanks were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents David Anderson and Jim Bolin defeated Kevin D. Jensen in the Republican primary. Fedderson and Shanks withdrew after the primary. Anderson and Bolin were unopposed in the general election.[5][6][7]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bolin Incumbent 42.1% 1,329
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Anderson Incumbent 33.2% 1,049
Kevin D. Jensen 24.7% 778
Total Votes 3,156

2012

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bolin won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 16. Bolin advanced past the Republican primary on June 5 and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bolin Incumbent 35.7% 6,760
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatty Miller Incumbent 26.9% 5,093
     Democratic Ann Tornberg 26.2% 4,969
     Democratic Stanley Jacobson 11.2% 2,128
Total Votes 18,950
South Dakota House of Representatives District 16 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Brolin Incumbent 40.9% 864
Green check mark transparent.pngPatty Miller Incumbent 24.3% 513
Kevin D. Jensen 21.8% 459
Don Lantis 13% 274
Total Votes 2,110

2010

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bolin ran for re-election to one of two seats in District 16 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Also running were Ed Nesselhuf (D) and Patty Miller (R).[10] Bolin and Patty Miller (R) won election in the November 2 general election.[11]

South Dakota State House, District 16 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Patty Miller (R) 4,918 35.46%
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Bolin (R) 4,821 34.76%
Ann Tornberg (D) 4,130 29.78%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for James Bolin is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, James Bolin raised a total of $35,939 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 27, 2013.[12]

James Bolin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16 Won $14,862
2010 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16 Won $13,240
2008 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16 Won $7,837
Grand Total Raised $35,939

2012

James Bolin won re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, James Bolin raised a total of $14,862.
South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Bolin's campaign in 2012
Bolin, Jim$2,000
Lincoln County Repubs Deb Turner-Treas$550
Norbeck Pac$500
Cmte for Fair Play$350
Siouxland Repub Women Anne Nelson-Chairperson$350
Total Raised in 2012$14,862
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Bolin received $13,240 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[13]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Bolin's campaign in 2010
Bolin, Warren$1,000
Bolin, Warren$1,000
Lincoln County Repubs$650
South Dakota Telecommunications Association$350
Van Wyhe, Jeremy$300
Total Raised in 2010 $13,240

2008

In 2008, Bolin collected $7,837 in donations.[14]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Republican Party $2,279
Warren Bolin $1,000
Rick Jewett $300
Lincoln County Republicans $300
Bill Janklow $250

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the 89th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 14 to March 31.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the issue of abortions.

2013

In 2013, the 88th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 8 to March 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on the "top ten" issues affecting your freedom.

2012

In 2012, the 87th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 19.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored "based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, federalism, and protection of life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness."[15]

2011

In 2011, the 86th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 28.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the military and veterans.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to gun control and reform.

Personal

Bolin and his wife, Ruth, have two children.

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Preceded by
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 16
2009–present
Succeeded by
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