John Matthews

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John Matthews
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South Carolina State Senate District 39
Incumbent
In office
1984-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 30
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1975-1984
Personal
BirthdayApril 21, 1940
Place of birthBowman, SC
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John W. Matthews, Jr. (b. April 21, 1940) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984.

Matthews served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 to 1984.

Biography

Matthews attended South Carolina State College. He went on to attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical from 1970 to 1971. In 1972 he attended Lincoln Electrical Institute.

Matthews used to be a farmer. Matthews is a retired Elementary School Principal. He worked as a businessman.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Fish, Game and Forestry
Banking and Insurance
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

I-95 Corridor Authority

Matthews sponsored a bill, S. 211, which aimed to create the "I-95 Corridor Authority." The authority would have been an effort to bring new businesses to poor counties along Interstate 95 and improve coordination between counties in the corridor, which often compete for resources.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the House in May, 2011, and was returned to the Senate.[1] The Senate also passed the House version, but Governor Nikki Haley (R) vetoed the bill, saying that it would only grow bureaucracy and duplicate efforts already undertaken by existing organizations. Matthews expressed his disappointment at the governor's veto, saying that it was "a serious mistake" and that "comes as a surprise to me because she indicated she favored it. ...There was no indication from her staff that she was going to do this. I would have appreciated if she had a problem, she would have told me." The Senate overrode the governor's veto, but the House did not override the governor's veto.[2][3] Discussions over the authority continued throughout the year, and conservative groups generally opposed the legislation.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Matthews ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

South Carolina State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Matthews Incumbent 99.1% 35,945
     Other Write-Ins 0.9% 315
Total Votes 36,260

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Matthews won re-election for District 39 of the South Carolina State Senate with 30,511 votes, ahead of write-ins (142).[8]

He raised $46,229 for his campaign.[9]

South Carolina State Senate, District 39
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Matthews (D) 30,511
Write-ins 142

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Matthews is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Matthews raised a total of $222,773 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[10]

John Matthews's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $31,299
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $19,870
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $52,492
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $29,575
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $49,885
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $880
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $34,322
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $4,450
Grand Total Raised $222,773

2012

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $31,299.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Matthews's campaign in 2012
Scana Corp$1,000
Calcote, Thomas$1,000
Titlemax Management$1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield$1,000
Childs & Halligan$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$31,299
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Matthews was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $19,870.

2008

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $52,492.

2006

Matthews was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $29,575.

2004

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $49,885.

2002

Matthews was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $880.

2000

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $34,322.

1996

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $4,450.

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.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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."[11]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

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.[12] 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.[13] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[14] The legislature re-convened July 26.[15]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records on bills that directly impacted the business climate and competitiveness of the state.

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."[16]

2012

John Matthews received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 36th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[17] His score was followed by Senators Glenn McConnell (*), Floyd Nicholson (6%), and John L. Scott, Jr. (6%).[18]

Personal

Matthews and his wife, Geraldine, have five children.

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References

  1. The Nerve, "Lawmakers Mulling Rural Development Proposals," by Rick Brundrett, May 25, 2011
  2. The Times and Democrat, "Governor vetoes I-95 Corridor Authority Act," June 8, 2011
  3. South Carolina General Assembly, "R57, S211," January 10, 2012
  4. Summerville Patch, "I-95 Corridor Authority Stirs Controversy," December 14, 2011
  5. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  8. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  10. followthemoney.org, "Matthews Jr, John W," accessed June 21, 2013
  11. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  12. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  13. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  14. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  15. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  16. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
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