South Carolina State Senate District 20

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South Carolina State Senate District 20
Current incumbentJohn E. Courson Republican Party
Ethnicity21.6% Black, 3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age79.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
South Carolina's twentieth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator John E. Courson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 103,494 civilians reside within South Carolina's twentieth state senate district.[2] South Carolina state senators represent an average of 100,551 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 87,218 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the South Carolina State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. South Carolina legislators assume office the Monday after the election.


To be eligible to serve in the South Carolina State Senate 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


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]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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]



See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of South Carolina State Senate 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 John E. Courson (R) defeated Robert Rikard (D) and Scott West (G) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Rikard defeated Norman Jackson in the Democratic primary.[7][8]

South Carolina State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Courson Incumbent 59.1% 25,363
     Democratic Robert Rikard 38.1% 16,359
     Green Scott West 2.7% 1,158
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 43
Total Votes 42,923
South Carolina State Senate District 20 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Rikard 64.4% 1,084
Norman Jackson 35.6% 600
Total Votes 1,684

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina Senate District 20 have raised a total of $1,182,632. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $107,512 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina Senate District 20
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $438,139 3 $146,046
2010 $44,225 1 $44,225
2008 $160,039 1 $160,039
2006 $72,711 1 $72,711
2004 $269,889 2 $134,945
2002 $7,100 1 $7,100
2000 $190,529 2 $95,265
Total $1,182,632 11 $107,512
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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