Nikki Setzler

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Nikki Setzler
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South Carolina State Senate District 26
Incumbent
In office
1976-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 38
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1976
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1968
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1971
Personal
BirthdayAugust 7, 1945
Place of birthAsheville, NC
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Nikki G. Setzler (b. August 7, 1945) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 1976.

Biography

Setzler earned his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1968. He then received his J.D. in 1971. Setzler has been an attorney since 1973.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Education
Finance
Interstate Cooperation
Labor, Commerce and Industry

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Amazon.com construction

Amazon began building a 1-million-square-foot retail distribution center near Cayce, South Carolina in 2011.

Setzler sponsored a bill (S. 808) that would exempt Amazon from being designated as a "nexus," or having a physical presence in the state, until Jan. 1, 2016, for the purposes of collecting sales taxes. Under the bill, the sales tax break could end sooner if a federal law was passed overriding state law, or if Amazon didn't live up to its end of the deal as specified in the bill.

Businesses opposed to the bill could contend in a lawsuit that granting the nation’s largest Internet retailer the exemption would violate their equal protection rights under the state and federal constitutions, said Mt. Pleasant attorney George “Gem” McDowell.[1]

The debate over the Amazon tax break became a full-fledged political campaign, with lobbyists from Amazon pitted against those from Wal-Mart and other brick-and-mortar stores, which saw Amazon as a threat. The legislature originally rejected the tax break, but reconsidered and passed it when Amazon increased the number of likely jobs associated with the plant from 1,249 to 2,000. Governor Nikki Haley (R), who criticized the deal, let it become law without her signature.[2][3][4]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Setzler won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 26. Setzler ran unopposed in the June 12 Democratic primary and defeated Deedee Vaughters (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

South Carolina State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNikki Setzler Incumbent 60.4% 21,856
     Republican Deedee Vaughters 39.4% 14,246
     Other Write-Ins 0.2% 75
Total Votes 36,177

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Setzler won re-election for District 26 of the South Carolina State Senate with 20,795 votes, ahead of Republican Margaret Gamble (12,123) and write-ins (16).[8]

Setzler raised $277,900 for his campaign, against $14,911 by Gamble.[9]

South Carolina State Senate, District 26
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nikki Setzler (D) 20,795
Margaret Gamble (R) 3,318
Write-ins 16

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Setzler is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Setzler raised a total of $1,095,126 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[10]

Nikki Setzler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $236,003
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $54,380
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $277,900
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $18,550
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $138,931
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $37,920
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $210,801
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 26 Won $120,641
Grand Total Raised $1,095,126

2012

Setzler won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $236,003.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nikki Setzler's campaign in 2012
United Postal Services$6,156
Senate Democratic Caucus South Carolina$5,000
Scana Corp$2,000
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina$1,750
Joye Law Firm LP$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$236,003
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Setzler was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $54,380.

2008

Setzler won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $277,900.

2006

Setzler was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $18,550.

2004

Setzler won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $138,931.

2002

Setzler was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $37,920.

2000

Setzler won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $210,801.

1996

Setzler won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Setzler raised a total of $120,641.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in South Carolina

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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."[11]

  • 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.[12] 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.[13] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[14] The legislature re-convened July 26.[15]

  • 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."[16]

2012

Nikki G. Setzler received a score of 18% in the 2012 score card, ranking 23rd out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[17] His score was followed by Senators Jake Knotts (12%), J. Yancey McGill (12%), and Luke A. Rankin (12%).[18]

Personal

Setzler and his wife, Ada Jane, have four children.

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References

  1. The Nerve, "The Amazon.com Saga: Heading to Court?" April 19, 2011
  2. Stateline, "Amazon Gains Upper Hand in South Carolina Tax Break Battle," June 2, 2011
  3. McClatchy Newspapers, "Swiftly formed coalition doomed Amazon's S.C. tax break," May 4, 2011
  4. The State, "Amazon ramps up hiring as plant is finished," July 12, 2012
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission, “2012 General Election – Official Results,” November 19, 2012
  6. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  8. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  10. followthemoney.org, "Setzler, Nikki," accessed June 26, 2013
  11. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  12. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  13. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  14. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  15. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  16. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
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South Carolina State Senate - District 26
1976–present
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