Ronnie Cromer

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Ronnie Cromer
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South Carolina State Senate District 18
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Prosperity Town Council
1973-1980
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1973
Military service
Service/branchSouth Carolina Army National Guard
Years of service1970-present
Personal
BirthdayDecember 1, 1947
Place of birthNewberry, SC
ProfessionRegistered Pharmacist
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ronnie W. Cromer (b. December 1, 1947) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in April 2003.

Biography

Cromer earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 1973. He has also been a registered pharmacist since 1973.

Cromer worked as Company Clerk for 500th Signal Platoon from 1970 to 1976. He was the Medical Platoon Leader, 4BN, for the 218th Infantry Brigade from 1976 to 1985. He was then the Company Commander, HNC, for the 218th Infantry Brigade from 1985 to 1988. Cromer is a Veteran of Desert Storm. He was Executive Officer, Lieutenant Colonel, for the 251st Evacuation Hospital from 1988 to 2000. He has been a Lieutenant Colonel in the South Carolina Army National Guard since 1970.

Cromer was on the Prosperity Town Council from 1973 to 1980.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Finance
Fish, Game and Forestry
General
Invitations
Rules

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Cromer won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 18. Cromer defeated Rich Bolen, Kara Gormley Meador, and Alan Hunter in the June 12 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonnie Cromer Incumbent 98.9% 39,083
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 451
Total Votes 39,534
South Carolina State Senate District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRonnie Cromer Incumbent 65.8% 7,957
Kara Gormley Meador 16.5% 1,998
Rich Bolen 16.2% 1,964
Alan Hunter 1.5% 182
Total Votes 12,101

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Cromer won re-election for District 18 of the South Carolina State Senate with 32,465, ahead of Democrat Michael Ray Ellisor (12,492) and write-ins (37).[5]

Cromer raised $284,177 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 18
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ronnie Cromer (R) 32,465
Michael Ray Ellisor (D) 12,492
Write-ins 37

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cromer is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Cromer raised a total of $900,685 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[7]

Ronnie Cromer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 18 Won $142,813
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $9,200
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 18 Won $284,177
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $37,029
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 18 Won $396,997
1996 South Carolina State House, District 40 Defeated $30,469
Grand Total Raised $900,685

2012

Cromer won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cromer raised a total of $142,813.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ronnie Cromer's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Pharmacy Partners$2,000
Scana Corp$2,000
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$2,000
Mobley Drugs$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$142,813
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cromer was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cromer raised a total of $9,200.

2008

Cromer won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Cromer raised a total of $284,177.

2006

Cromer was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Cromer raised a total of $37,029.

2004

Cromer won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Cromer raised a total of $396,997.

1998

Cromer lost the election for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Cromer raised a total of $30,469.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ronnie Cromer endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8] Cromer previously endorsed Rick Perry.[9]

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.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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."[10]

  • 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.

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.[11] 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.[12] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[13] The legislature re-convened July 26.[14]

  • 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."[15]

2012

Ronnie W. Cromer received a score of 24% in the 2012 score card, ranking 17th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[16] His score was followed by Senators Larry Martin (24%), Thomas Alexander (18%), and Wes Hayes (18%).[17]

Personal

Cromer and his wife, Linda, have two children.

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References

  1. South Carolina State Election Commission, “2012 General Election – Official Results,” November 19, 2012
  2. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official Primary Results," June 29, 2012
  4. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  6. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  7. followthemoney.org, "Cromer, Ronnie," accessed June 21, 2013
  8. Mitt Romney, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Elected Officials and Leaders in South Carolina," January 11, 2012
  9. Race 4 2012, "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  10. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  11. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  12. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  13. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  14. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  15. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  16. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Andre Bauer
South Carolina State Senate - District 18
2003-present
Succeeded by
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