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$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
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 challenged Lindsey Graham (R) for the United States Senate seat in South Carolina in 2014.[1] He was defeated by Graham in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[2]

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 he 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 ran for the United States Senate in 2014. He is challenged Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina.[1][3][4]

He was defeated by incumbent Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[2]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLindsey Graham Incumbent 56.4% 178,093
Lee Bright 15.4% 48,704
Richard Cash 8.3% 26,246
Det Bowers 7.3% 23,071
Nancy Mace 6.2% 19,560
Bill Connor 5.3% 16,847
Benjamin Dunn 1% 3,195
Total Votes 315,716
Source: Results via Associated Press

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."[5]

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.[6][7][8][9]

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.[10]

Bright raised $312,154 for his campaign.[11]

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.[12]

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[13]October 15, 2013$0$102,620$(28,720)$73,899
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$73,899$52,236$(76,677)$49,458
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$49,458.78$141,168.49$(112,070.71)$78,556.56
Running totals
$296,024.49$(217,467.71)

2012

Bright won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bright raised a total of $214,632.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lee Bright's campaign in 2012
Haggerty Marketing Group$8,031
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores$2,000
Toth, JP & Adrienne$2,000
QC Holdings$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$214,632
Source:Follow the Money

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. [16]

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."[17]

  • 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.[18] 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.[19] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[20] The legislature re-convened July 26.[21]

  • 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."[22]

2012

Lee Bright received a score of 82% in the 2012 score card, ranking 1st out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[23] His score was followed by Senators Kevin Bryant (76%), Tom Davis (71%), and Shane R. Martin (59%).[24]

Personal

Bright and his wife, Amy, have two children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "Nancy Mace makes Senate run official in South Carolina," accessed August 3, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "South Carolina - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  3. The State, "SC state senator taking on Graham," August 13, 2013
  4. The Associated Press, "Sen. Graham challenger kicks off campaign for GOP primary; says SC needs more conservative rep," August 13, 2013
  5. Politico, "Lindsey Graham challenger to raffle AR-15," accessed January 24, 2014
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 25, 2012
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official Primary Results," June 29, 2012
  8. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  9. South Carolina State Election Commission, “2012 General Election – Official Results,” November 19, 2012
  10. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Bright, Lee," accessed June 20, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 14, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  16. MSNBC, "Paul: This is a 'two-man race'," January 17, 2012
  17. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  18. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  19. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  20. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  21. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  22. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  23. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  24. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hawkins
South Carolina State Senate - District 12
2008-present
Succeeded by
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