Lawrence Grooms

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Lawrence Grooms
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South Carolina State Senate District 37
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sClemson University, 1987
Personal
BirthdayMarch 20, 1964
Place of birthMoncks Corner, SC
ProfessionPresident/CEO, GTI Corporation
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Lawrence K. "Larry" Grooms (b. March 20, 1964) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in 1997.

Biography

Grooms earned his B.S. from Clemson University in 1987. Grooms worked as the President/CEO of GTI Corporation, starting in 1989.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Education
Finance
Transportation, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Grooms ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott (R), who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[1] Grooms ran in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[2] The general election takes place on May 7, 2013.[3]

Grooms was the third runner up in the March 19 Republican primary.[4] Mark Sanford (R) defeated challenger Curtis Bostic, who was the runner-up, in the April 2 runoff primary.

Observers considered former Governor Mark Sanford the front runner due to name recognition. Sanford had previously served as Governor of South Carolina, and he held this seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms. He also had a financial advantage due to his fundraising network and $120,000 he held in an account from a previous campaign.[5]

The district leans Republican.[6] The last Democratic candidate elected in this district was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[7]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 36.9% 19,854
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Bostic 13.3% 7,168
Ric Bryant 0.2% 87
Larry Grooms 12.4% 6,673
Jonathan Hoffman 0.7% 360
Jeff King 0.4% 211
John Kuhn 6.5% 3,479
Tim Larkin 0.7% 393
Harry "Chip" Limehouse 6.1% 3,279
Peter McCoy 1.6% 867
Elizabeth Moffly 1% 530
Ray Nash 4.7% 2,508
Andy Patrick 7% 3,783
Shawn Pinkston 0.3% 154
Keith Blandford 0.4% 195
Teddy Turner 7.9% 4,252
Total Votes 53,793
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[4]

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Grooms ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9][10]

South Carolina State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Grooms Incumbent 98.9% 32,003
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 365
Total Votes 32,368

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Grooms won re-election for District 37 of the South Carolina State Senate with 33,385 votes, ahead of write-ins (199).[11]

He raised $63,824 for his campaign.[12]

South Carolina State Senate, District 37
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lawrence Grooms (R) 33,385
Write-ins 199

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grooms is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Grooms raised a total of $540,350 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[13]

Lawrence Grooms's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $74,949
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $43,650
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $63,824
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $53,293
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $99,236
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $3,131
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $202,267
Grand Total Raised $540,350

2012

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $74,949.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lawrence Grooms's campaign in 2012
Centene Corp$1,500
Titlemax Management$1,000
South Carolina ACG PAC$1,000
Zucker, Anita G$1,000
ExxonMobil$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$74,949
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Grooms was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $43,650.

2008

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $63,824.

2006

Grooms was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $53,293.

2004

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $99,236.

2002

Grooms was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $3,131.

2000

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $202,267.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lawrence Grooms endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [14]

He previously endorsed Rick Perry.[15]

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.

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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."[16]

  • 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.
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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.[17] 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.[18] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[19] The legislature re-convened July 26.[20]

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  • Legislators are scored on limited government, the free market, and individual liberty and responsibility.
  • The RLC supports individual rights, limited government and free enterprise.
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  • 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."[21]

2012

Lawrence Grooms received a score of 41% in the 2012 score card, ranking 9th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[22] His score was followed by Senators A. Shane Massey (41%), Phillip Shoopman (41%), and George Campsen (35%).[23]

Personal

Grooms and his wife, Carol, have three children. Grooms has served as Executive Committee Member for the Berkeley County Republican Party since 1996.

Controversies

Panama trip conflict of interest

Grooms was one of several South Carolina lawmakers who traveled to Panama in September 2010 for a three-day trip paid for by the South Carolina State Ports Authority, even though he's a member of a commission that oversees the authority. At least $29,000 was spent on the Ports Authority-sponsored junket, which sought to promote South Carolina ports to Panama Canal officials. Information gathered by the investigative journalism website The Nerve showed that the authority covered most of the costs for the seven-member legislative group, which included five legislators - Weeks; Rep. J. David Weeks, D-Sumter; Rep. Bill Sandifer, III, R-Oconee; Sen. Phillip Shoopman, R-Greenville, and then-Rep. Harry Cato, R-Greenville. Grooms was the only one of the five legislators to reimburse the Ports Authority for his trip expenses, nearly $1,500.[24]

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References

  1. Washington Post, "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  2. South Carolina Radio Network, "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013 (dead link)
  3. South Carolina Republican Party Website, "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 SC Votes, "March 19 Special Primary Election" accessed March 19, 2013
  5. Roll Call, "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  6. Salon.com, "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  8. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  9. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  10. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  11. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  13. followthemoney.org, "Grooms, Larry," accessed June 21, 2013
  14. CNN, "Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum," January 17, 2012
  15. Race 4 2012, "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  16. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  17. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  18. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  19. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  20. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  21. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  22. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  23. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  24. The Nerve, "Ports Authority Spends 29K on Panama Trip," January 26, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Dewitt Williams
South Carolina State Senate - District 37
1997–present
Succeeded by
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