|South Carolina House District 44|
|1998 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
Neal earned his B.S. from Clemson University in 1965. He went on to receive his MEd from Winthrop University in 1978.
Neal worked as a teacher for the Lancaster School District from 1965 to 1979. He continued his work for Lancaster School District as Assistant Principal from 1979 to 1988. He then worked as Principal from 1988 to 1995.
Neal served on the Lancaster County Election Commission from 1990 to 1998. He then joined the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1999 and served in that position until 2012.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Neal served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee on Motor Vehicles and Public Works, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Neal served on the following committees:
- Education and Public Works Committee, South Carolina House, First Vice Chair
- Subcommittee on Motor Vehicles and Public Works
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 44 (2010)|
|James Neal (D)||5,540||57.01%|
|Rob McCoy (R)||4,175||42.97%|
On November 4, 2008, Neal won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 10,958 votes, representing District 44.
Neal raised $5,749 for his campaign.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 44 (2008)|
|James Neal (D)||10,958|
In 2010, a year in which Neal was up for re-election, he collected $27,421 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to James Neal's campaign in 2010|
|House Democratic Caucus Of South Carolina||$1,000|
|Fun For South Carolina PAC||$1,000|
|South Carolina Farm Bureau||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$27,421|
Neal raised $5,749 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|South Carolina Trucking Association||$1,000|
|South Carolina Association of School Administrators||$1,000|
|South Carolina Optometric Association||$1,000|
|South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association||$999|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
James Neal received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 67th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Andy Patrick (20%), Michael Pitts (20%), and Tommy Pope (20%).
Neal and his wife, Harriet, have two children.
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- South Carolina general election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed December 19, 2014
- Campaign contributors to James Neal
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, "House Score 2012 ranked draft," accessed May 21, 2014
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 44
| Succeeded by|
Mandy Powers Norrell(D)
State of South Carolina
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