|South Carolina State Senate District 7|
|Elections and appointments|
|South Carolina House of Representatives|
|Council Member, City of Greenville|
|Bachelor's||Allen University, 1949|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1950-1952|
|Birthday||November 2, 1927|
|Place of birth||Greenville, SC|
Anderson served as Commissioner for Greenville Civil Service Commission from 1969 to 1973. He was then on the City of Greenville Zoning Board from 1982 to 1983. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce from 1983 to 1985. From 1983 to 1991, Anderson was a council member for the City of Greenville. He served in the South Carolina State House from 1991 to 1996. He joined the South Carolina State Senate in 1996 and has served in that position since. He represents the 7th District.
Anderson was a Non-Commissioned Officer for the United States Army at Fort Jackson, Germany, from 1950 to 1952. He was also a postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service from 1970 to 1983.
Anderson earned his BA from Allen University in 1949. He also did graduate studies at Howard University.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Anderson served on the following committees:
- Corrections and Penology Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Education Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Finance Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Medical Affairs Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Transportation Committee, South Carolina State Senate
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Anderson served on the following committees:
- Corrections and Penology Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Education Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Finance Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Medical Affairs Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Transportation Committee, South Carolina Senate
On November 4, 2008, Anderson won re-election for District 7 of the South Carolina State Senate with 21,652 votes, ahead of Republican Roan Garcia-Quintana (8,256), Constitution Party candidate John Langville (958), and write-ins (30).
Anderson raised $124,673 for his campaign, against $6,551 by Garcia-Quintana and $3,398 by Langville.
|South Carolina State Senate, District 7|
|Ralph Anderson (D)||21,652|
|Roan Garcia-Quintana (R)||8,256|
|John Langville (C)||958|
Anderson raised $124,673 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Senate Democratic Caucus of South Carolina||$5,000|
|Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina||$2,000|
|South Carolina Education Association||$2,000|
|South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants||$2,000|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
Ralph Anderson received a score of 0% in the 2012 score card, ranking 41st out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members. His score was followed by Senators Paul Campbell (0%), Creighton B. Coleman (0%), and Dick Elliott (0%).
Anderson and his wife Geraldine have three children.
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1996
- South Carolina official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on Anderson's 2008 campaign contributions
- Campaign contributors to Ralph Anderson
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012, 2012
|South Carolina State Senate - District 7
| Succeeded by|
Karl Allen (D)