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South Carolina State Senate District 37

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South Carolina State Senate District 37
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Current incumbentLawrence Grooms Republican Party
Population116,420
Ethnicity23.7% Black, 2.6% Hispanic[1]
Voting age74.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
South Carolina's thirty-seventh state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Lawrence Grooms.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 116,420 civilians reside within South Carolina's thirty-seventh 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.

Qualifications

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

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 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]

Elections

2012

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 Lawrence Grooms (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary.[7][8]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina Senate District 37 have raised a total of $682,704. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $68,270 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina Senate District 37
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $74,949 1 $74,949
2010 $43,650 1 $43,650
2008 $63,824 1 $63,824
2006 $53,293 1 $53,293
2004 $101,787 2 $50,894
2002 $3,131 1 $3,131
2000 $342,070 3 $114,023
Total $682,704 10 $68,270

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