South Carolina State Senate District 45

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South Carolina State Senate District 45
Current incumbentClementa Pinckney Democratic Party
Ethnicity49.8% Black, 7.5% Hispanic
Voting age76% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
South Carolina's forty-fifth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Clementa Pinckney.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 92,424 civilians reside within South Carolina's forty-fifth state senate district.[1] 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:[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


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]


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.[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]



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 Clementa Pinckney (D) defeated Leilani Bessinger (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[6][7]

South Carolina State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClementa Pinckney Incumbent 66.1% 26,825
     Republican Leilani Bessinger 33.6% 13,652
     Other Write-Ins 0.3% 110
Total Votes 40,587

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina Senate District 45 have raised a total of $153,396. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $12,783 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina Senate District 45
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $9,804 2 $4,902
2010 $750 1 $750
2008 $46,676 3 $15,559
2006 $1,000 1 $1,000
2004 $20,850 1 $20,850
2002 $2,550 1 $2,550
2000 $71,766 3 $23,922
Total $153,396 12 $12,783

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