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Lee Bright

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Lee Bright
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South Carolina State Senate District 12
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolDorman High School, 1988
Personal
Place of birthGreer, SC
ProfessionPresident and Founder, On Time Transportation
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Lee Bright is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Bright is challenging Lindsey Graham (R) for the United States Senate seat in South Carolina in 2014.[1]

Biography

Bright is the owner of On Time Transportation. Bright has served on a school board. He was a candidate for the South Carolina State Senate, District 12, in 2004, but was not elected.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
General
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in South Carolina, 2014

Bright officially announced he is running for the United States Senate in 2014. He is challenging Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina. Nancy Mace is also running. The primary is in June 2014.[1][2][3]

AR-15 raffle

In January 2014, Bright announced via an email to supporters that he would raffle off an AR-15 gun on February 15, 2014. Bright wrote in the email:

"In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., gun-grabbers were sure they had the votes to ram gun control into law. Thanks to the action of Second Amendment supporters all over the country, their scheme failed — even despite my Republican primary opponent, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham."[4]

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Bright won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 12. Bright defeated John Hawkins in the June 12 Republican primary and defeated Henri Thompson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

South Carolina State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee Bright Incumbent 64.4% 28,724
     Democratic Henri Thompson 35.4% 15,768
     Other Write-Ins 0.2% 91
Total Votes 44,583

Note: Henri Thompson was also on the ballot as a Working Families Party candidate, and won 1,367 of his vote total on this ticket.


South Carolina State Senate District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLee Bright Incumbent 60.6% 4,144
John Hawkins 39.4% 2,689
Total Votes 6,833

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Bright won election for District 12 of the South Carolina State Senate with 30,559, ahead of all write-ins, which collectively earned 983.[9]

Bright raised $312,154 for his campaign.[10]

South Carolina State Senate, District 12
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Lee Bright (R) 30,559
Write-ins 983

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bright is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Bright raised a total of $718,128 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[11]

Lee Bright's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 12 Won $214,632
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $56,919
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 12 Won $312,154
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 12 Defeated $134,423
Grand Total Raised $718,128

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bright's reports.

Lee Bright (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$0$102,620$(28,720)$73,899
Year-End[13]January 31, 2014$73,899$52,236$(76,677)$49,458
Running totals
$154,856$(105,397)

2012

Bright won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bright raised a total of $214,632.

2010

Bright was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Bright raised a total of $56,919.

2008

Bright won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Bright raised a total of $312,154.

2004

Bright lost the election for the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Bright raised a total of $134,423.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

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

Lee Bright endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [14]

Scorecards

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."[15]

2012

Lee Bright received a score of 82% in the 2012 score card, ranking 1st out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[16] His score was followed by Senators Kevin Bryant (76%), Tom Davis (71%), and Shane R. Martin (59%).[17]

Personal

Bright and his wife Amy have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Hawkins
South Carolina State Senate - District 12
2008-present
Succeeded by
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