South Carolina House of Representatives District 1

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 1
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Current incumbentBill Whitmire Republican Party
Population34,202
Ethnicity3.1% Black, 4.7% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
South Carolina's first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Bill Whitmire.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 34,202 civilians reside within South Carolina's first state house district.[2] South Carolina state representatives represent an average of 37,301 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 32,355 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. South Carolina legislators assume office the Monday after the election.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the South Carolina House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[3]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A resident of the district at the filing deadline time

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the South Carolina Legislature are paid $10,400 a year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $131 a day for meals and housing for each statewide session day and committee meeting. Per diem is tied to the federal rate.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. If candidates plan to seek the nomination through a party convention, the filing period begins on the third Friday after the vacancy happened. The qualifying deadline is ten days after the filing period opens.[5]

If a candidate plans to seek the nomination via petition, all signatures must submitted to the appropriate filing officer no later than sixty days before the election. All signatures must be verified by the filing officer no later than 45 days before the election.[6]

A primary election must be held on the eleventh Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. If necessary, a primary runoff must be held on the thirteenth Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. The special election is held on the eighteenth Tuesday after vacancy occurs. No special election can be held less than 60 days before the general election.[6]

Elections

2014

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. Incumbent Bill Whitmire ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[7][8][9]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of South Carolina House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2012. Incumbent Bill Whitmire (R) defeated John W. Hester (D) and petition candidate John Dalen (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[10][11]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Whitmire Incumbent 76.2% 10,859
     Democratic John W. Hester 16.9% 2,407
     Republican John Dalen 6.8% 966
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 10
Total Votes 14,242

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina Senate District 1 have raised a total of $271,906. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $19,422 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina Senate District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $23,976 2 $11,988
2010 $5,975 1 $5,975
2008 $28,000 1 $28,000
2006 $78,655 3 $26,218
2004 $53,799 2 $26,900
2002 $66,097 4 $16,524
2000 $15,404 1 $15,404
Total $271,906 14 $19,422

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