John Scott

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John Scott
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South Carolina State Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives
1990-2008
Education
Bachelor'sSouth Carolina State University, 1975
Personal
BirthdayOctober 21, 1953
Place of birthRichland County, SC
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John L. Scott, Jr. (b. October 21, 1953) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Scott served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1990 to 2008.

Biography

Scott earned his B.S. in Accounting from the South Carolina State University in 1975.

Scott served as Vice Chair for Richland County Council from 1988 to 1990. Scott was a Field Representative for the Office of the Governor in 1975. He has been the owner and Broker-in-Charge of J.L. Scott Realty Company Incorporated since 1981. Scott has also been the owner/president of C and S Consulting Group Incorporated, since 1999.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs
Rules
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Scott won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 19. Scott ran unopposed in the June 12 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

South Carolina State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Scott Incumbent 99.6% 35,262
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 133
Total Votes 35,395


2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Scott won election for District 19 of the South Carolina State Senate with 34,898 votes, ahead of United Citizens candidate Chris Nelums (3,318) and write-ins (88).[4]

Scott raised $127,513 for his campaign, against $135 by Nelums.[5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 19
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Scott, Jr. (D) 19,187
Chris Nelums (UNC) 3,318
Write-ins 88

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $411,747 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[6]

John Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 19 Won $28,689
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $30,332
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 19 Won $127,513
2006 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $72,443
2004 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $32,732
2002 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $22,675
2000 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $29,679
1998 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $30,032
1996 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $37,652
Grand Total Raised $411,747

2012

Scott won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $28,689.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Scott's campaign in 2012
Na$1,700
South Carolina Bankers Association$1,200
South Carolina Ophtalomogy$1,000
Wine & Spirits$1,000
Safelite$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$28,689
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Scott was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $30,332.

2008

Scott won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $127,513.

2006

Scott won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $72,443.

2004

Scott won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $32,732.

2002

Scott won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $22,675.

2000

Scott won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $29,679.

1998

Scott won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $30,032.

1996

Scott won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $37,652.

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."[7]

  • 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.[8] 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.[9] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[10] The legislature re-convened July 26.[11]

  • 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."[12]

2012

John L. Scott, Jr. received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 39th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[13] His score was followed by Senators Vincent A. Sheheen (6%), Ralph Anderson (0%), and Paul Campbell (0%).[14]

Personal

Scott and his wife, Joan, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kay Patterson
Massachusetts State Senate - District 19
2008–present
Succeeded by
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