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Mary Tinkler
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South Carolina House of Representatives, District 114
In office
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
(timed out) Office website
Campaign website
Mary Tinkler is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 113. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Tinkler served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs


Campaign themes


Tinkler's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Ethics reform

  • Excerpt: "Unless people are confident that their elected officials are free from conflicts of interest and undue influence of special interest money, democracy in government does not work. Every passing week we hear of politicians “indicted for this” or “under investigation” for that. For those serving us in government, ethics should be a high priority."

Education funding

  • Excerpt: "Our economy cannot thrive without recommitting resources to public education. We must find ways to create equitable and stable funding for all school districts in the state. It is completely unacceptable that our education funding per child is 31% less than what is required by law. I will fight to ensure that our children’s education funding is sourced from a secure revenue stream that is immune to the cyclical nature of our nation’s economy."

Tax reform

  • Excerpt: "As a Realtor, I understand that fairness in tax policy is important to creating and maintaining healthy communities. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce have both proposed tax reforms, which I support."


  • Excerpt: "South Carolina once had bridges, highways and roads second to none. We have allowed them to deteriorate over the past decades. Unless we find a viable way to fund the necessary improvements, our valuable infrastructure will continue to crumble. This is detrimental to both the safety of residents and our state economy as a whole. I will support responsible expenditure allocation to maintain and improve this vital infrastructure."

Environmental protection

  • Excerpt: "Born and raised in the Lowcountry, I cherish the beauty of our district, and I believe it should be both preserved and protected for future generations. I also believe the unique beauty of our state is a significant economic asset. I will work hard to preserve and protect the SC environment from the Upstate to the coast. This includes issues such as responsible planning and growth as well as environmental issues that affect clean air and water. As your Representative, I promise to fight to keep our District, the Lowcountry and our state healthy and beautiful."



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Mary Tinkler was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Bobby Harrell, Jr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. Sue Edward ran as a Green Party candidate. Tinkler defeated Edward and Harrell in the general election. Despite his resignation, Harrell's name remained on the ballot.[2][3][4][5] While he remained on the ballot, as a part of his plea agreement following charges of misuse of funds, Harrell is barred from holding elected office for three years[6] and is barred from winning the election.[7] On October 30, 2014, the South Carolina Election Commission unanimously ruled that this election would be moved back to December and that Republicans would be allowed to nominate a new candidate. Tinkler filed a complaint with the South Carolina Supreme Court asking them to overturn the ruling.[8] The state Supreme Court issued a stay on October 31, 2014, allowing the general election to take place as planned so that the court could review the commission's decision. If the court upheld the commission's ruling, the results of the general election would be thrown out and will force a November 25 primary election followed by a general election on December 9.[9]
The South Carolina Attorney General's office signed a motion in early December to recognize Tinkler as the winner, and as a result, South Carolina Republicans have dropped their challenge to Tinkler's election. The hearing scheduled for December 9, 2014, was cancelled as a result.[10]

South Carolina State House, District 114, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Tinkler 84.6% 5,409
     Green Sue Edward 15.4% 988
Total Votes 6,397


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Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Harrell Jr. (R)
South Carolina House of Representatives District 114
Succeeded by