Michael Fair

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Michael Fair
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South Carolina State Senate District 6
Incumbent
In office
1996-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 18
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 8, 206
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1985-1996
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1969
Personal
BirthdayJune 16, 1946
ProfessionInsurance
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Michael L. Fair (b. June 16, 1946) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Fair served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995.

Biography

Fair graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1969. He works in insurance.

Fair served on the Greenville County Council from 1976 to 1982. He was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, District 4, in 1998.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Corrections and Penology, Chair
Education
Finance
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Fair won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 6. Fair defeated Chris Sullivan in the June 12 Republican primary and defeated Tommie Reece (R-Petition Candidate) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2] Fair won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Fair Incumbent 69.3% 24,758
     Republican (Petition) Tommie Reece 30.2% 10,808
     Other Write-Ins 0.5% 178
Total Votes 35,744
South Carolina State Senate District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Fair Incumbent 78.4% 1,367
Chris Sullivan 21.6% 376
Total Votes 1,743

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Fair won re-election for District 6 of the South Carolina State Senate with 29,280 votes, ahead of write-ins (570).[5]

Fair raised $76,703 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 6
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Fair (R) 29,280
Write-ins 570

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fair is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Fair raised a total of $320,456 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[7]

Michael Fair's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Won $115,254
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $40,925
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Won $76,703
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $14,610
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Won $36,161
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $8,825
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Won $19,769
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Won $8,209
Grand Total Raised $320,456

2012

Fair won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $115,254.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Fair's campaign in 2012
Fair, Mike$2,900
Spinksville III LLC$2,000
Coolcal LLC$2,000
470 West 166 LLC$2,000
Grand Strand Restaurant PAC$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$115,254
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Fair was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $40,925.

2008

Fair won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $76,703.

2006

Fair was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $14,610.

2004

Fair won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $36,161.

2002

Fair was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $8,825.

2000

Fair won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $19,769.

1996

Fair won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Fair raised a total of $8,209.

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.

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.[9] 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.[10] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[11] The legislature re-convened July 26.[12]

  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • 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.

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."[13]

2012

Michael Fair received a score of 53% in the 2012 score card, ranking 6th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[14] His score was followed by Senators Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. (47%), David Thomas (47%), and Lawrence Grooms (41%).[15]

Personal

Fair and his wife, Judy, have one child.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina State Senate - District 6
1996-present
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