James Lucas

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James Lucas
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South Carolina House District 65
Incumbent
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 16
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina in 1975
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1981
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1987
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James H. "Jay" Lucas (b. August 11, 1957) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 65. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

Lucas earned his B.A., M.P.A., and J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1975, 1981, and 1987, respectively. Lucas worked as Darlington County Attorney from 1990 to 1994. He then served as City Judge for the City of Hartsville from 1995 to 1996. He worked as Partner for Lucas, Auman & Warr, Attorneys at Law, stating in 1994.

Lucas served as Financial Director for the City of Bennettsville from 1982 to 1984. He then worked as County Administrator for Fairfield County from 1984 to 1986.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Operations and Management, Ex.Officio Member

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lucas has not yet been appointed to any committees.

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lucas 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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent James Lucas was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lucas is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lucas ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 65, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lucas 99.2% 10,910
     Other Write-Ins 0.8% 88
Total Votes 10,998

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lucas ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 65 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Lucas won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 65 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Lucas (R) 6,937 99.43%
Write-In 40 0.57%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Lucas won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,423 votes, representing District 65. 

Lucas raised $16,456 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 65 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Lucas (R) 9,423

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lucas is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Lucas raised a total of $221,574 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[7]

James Lucas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $61,246
2010 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $8,160
2008 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $16,456
2006 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $7,500
2004 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $7,049
2002 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $14,157
2000 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $43,824
1998 South Carolina State House, District 65 Won $63,182
Grand Total Raised $221,574

2012

Lucas won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $61,246.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Lucas's campaign in 2012
AT&T$1,500
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association$1,000
Wilhelm, Fred L$1,000
Floyd, C E$1,000
Palmetto Patriot Leadership Cmte$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$61,246
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Lucas won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $8,160.

2008

Lucas won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $16,456.

2006

Lucas won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $7,500.

2004

Lucas won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $7,049.

2002

Lucas won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $14,157.

2000

Lucas won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $43,824.

1998

Lucas won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Lucas raised a total of $63,182.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

James Lucas endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

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."[9]

  • 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.

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.[10] 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.[11] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[12] The legislature re-convened July 26.[13]

  • 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."[14]

2012

James Lucas received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 63rd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives Peter McCoy (20%), Joseph McEachern (20%), and Chris Murphy (20%).[16]

Personal

Lucas and his wife, Tracy, have one child.

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 65
1998–present
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