South Carolina House of Representatives District 72

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 72
Current incumbentJames Smith, Jr. Democratic Party
Population40,039
Ethnicity31.1% Black, 3.1% Hispanic
Voting age87.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
South Carolina's seventy-second state house district is represented by Democratic Representative James Smith, Jr..

As of the 2010 census, a total of 40,039 civilians reside within South Carolina's seventy-second state house district.[1] 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:[2]

  • 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[5]

Elections

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 James Smith, Jr. (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[6][7]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina House of Representatives District 72 have raised a total of $274,896. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,271 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina House of Representatives District 72
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $74,918 1 $74,918
2010 $28,810 1 $28,810
2008 $62,914 1 $62,914
2006 $22,899 1 $22,899
2004 $21,450 1 $21,450
2002 $22,720 1 $22,720
2000 $41,185 1 $41,185
Total $274,896 7 $39,271

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