Karl Allen

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Karl Allen
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South Carolina State Senate District 7
Incumbent
In office
2012- Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives
2000-2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1982
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1986
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Karl B. Allen (b. October 13, 1960) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Allen served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 25 from 2000 to 2012.

Biography

Allen earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1982 and 1986, respectively. Allen was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992. He currently works as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Corrections and Penology
General
Judiciary
Rules
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Allen won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 7. Allen defeated Lillian Brock-Fleming in the June 12 Democratic primary and defeated Jane Kizer (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKarl Allen 65.3% 21,964
     Republican Jane Kizer 34.3% 11,535
     Other Write-Ins 0.5% 152
Total Votes 33,651

Note: Allen was also the Working Families Party candidate, and he earned 1,405 votes of his total as the Working Families Party candidate on the ballot.

South Carolina State Senate District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKarl Allen 54.8% 2,331
Lillian Brock Flemming 45.2% 1,920
Total Votes 4,251

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Allen ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 25 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Allen won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 25 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karl Allen (D) 6,893 98.64%
Write-In 95 1.36%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Allen won re-election to the 25th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Rick Freeman (R).

Allen raised $16,674 for his campaign, while Freeman raised $0.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 25 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karl Allen (D) 9,877
Rick Freeman (R) 2,980

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Allen is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Allen raised a total of $102,011 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[7]

Karl Allen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 7 Won $52,239
2010 South Carolina State House, District 25 Won $4,550
2008 South Carolina State House, District 25 Won $16,674
2006 South Carolina State House, District 25 Won $3,500
2004 South Carolina State House, District 25 Won $8,898
2002 South Carolina State House, District 25 Won $11,515
2000 South Carolina State House, District 25 Won $4,635
Grand Total Raised $102,011

2012

Allen won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $52,239.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karl Allen's campaign in 2012
South Carolina House Democratic Caucus$5,000
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Allen, Karl$1,340
Harrison White Smith & Coggins$1,000
W W Reese$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$52,239
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Allen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $4,550.

2008

Allen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $16,674.

2006

Allen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $3,500.

2004

Allen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $8,898.

2002

Allen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $11,515.

2000

Allen won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Allen raised a total of $4,635.

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."[8]

  • 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.
  • Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, monitors the voting records of North Carolina’s state legislators on key environmental issues.
  • 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.

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."[9]

2012

Karl Allen received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 78th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[10] His score was followed by representatives Michael Anthony (13%), Jimmy Bales (13%), and Nathan Ballentine (13%).[11]

Personal

Allen has one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 25
2000–2012
Succeeded by
Leola Robinson-Simpson (D)
Preceded by
Ralph Anderson (D)
South Carolina State Senate District 7
2012–Present
Succeeded by
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