John Land

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John Land
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South Carolina State Senate District 36
In office
Minority Leader, South Carolina State Senate
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected1976
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1965
J.D.University of South Carolina Law School, 1968
Date of birthJanuary 25, 1941
Place of birthManning, SC
Office website
John Land (b. January 25, 1941) is a former Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate representing the 36th District from 1976-2012.

Land has been a self-employed attorney since 1968.

Land earned his Vocational Degree in Forestry from the University of Florida in 1960. He went on to receive his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1965. He then earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1968.

Land is a member of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He is also the Secretary of Clarendon County Democratic Party. He served in the South Carolina State House from 1975 to 1976. He joined the South Carolina State Senate in 1976. From 1993 to 2000 he was the Senate Majority Leader. He became the Minority Leader in 2000 and has served in that position until his retirement in 2012.

Committee assignments


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


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



Land won re-election for District 36 of the South Carolina State Senate with 31,083 votes, ahead of write-ins (212).[1]

He raised $46,229 for his campaign.[2]

South Carolina State Senate, District 36
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John C. Land, III (D) 31,083
Write-ins 212

Campaign donors


Land raised $46,229 in the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributor is listed below, and 22 donors gave $1,000 each, the next highest contribution amount his campaign received.[3]

Donor Amount
Titlemax Management $1,500


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."[4]


John Land received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 31st out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[5] His score was followed by Senators Hugh Leatherman (6%), Phil Leventis (6%), and Joel Lourie (6%).[6]


Land and his wife Maria have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Carolina State Senate - District 36
Succeeded by
Kevin L. Johnson (D)