Thomas Alexander

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Thomas Alexander
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South Carolina State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
1994-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 20
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1987-1994
Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Walhalla, SC
1982-1986
Education
Associate'sAnderson College, 1976
Bachelor'sClemson University, 1978
Personal
BirthdayJuly 25, 1956
Place of birthSeneca, SC
ProfessionOwner, Alexander's Office Supply
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Thomas C. Alexander (b. July 25, 1956) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Alexander served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994.

Biography

Alexander received his A.A. from Anderson College in 1976. He went on to receive his B.S. from Clemson University in 1978.

Alexander worked as Radio Account Executive in 1978, 1982, 1983, and 1986. He currently works as president/operator of Cleveland Gospel Supply and Oconee Office Supply. He is also currently the owner of Alexander's Office Supply.

Alexander was a council member for the City of Walhalla, South Carolina from 1981 to 1985. He was then Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Walhalla from 1982 to 1986. He served in the South Carolina State House from 1987 to 1994.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Alexander served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Finance
Invitations
Labor, Commerce and Industry, Chair
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Alexander served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Alexander served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Alexander won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 1. Alexander ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

South Carolina State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Alexander Incumbent 99.1% 29,957
     Other Write-Ins 0.9% 270
Total Votes 30,227

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Alexander won re-election for District 1 of the South Carolina State Senate with 27,498 votes, ahead of Constitution Party candidate Polly Nicolay (4,728) and write-ins (60).[4]

Alexander raised $97,176 for his campaign, against $9,950 by Nicolay.[5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 1
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Alexander (R) 27,498
Polly Nicolay (C) 4,728
Write-ins 24

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Alexander is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Alexander raised a total of $388,942 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[6]

Thomas Alexander's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Won $78,849
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $22,178
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Won $97,176
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $38,379
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Won $31,869
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $8,697
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Won $31,363
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 1 Won $80,431
Grand Total Raised $388,942

2012

Alexander won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $78,849.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Alexander's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina$2,000
Upstate Medical Assoc Pa$1,000
Dunlap, Pamela G$1,000
Kirby, J Thorton$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$78,849
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Alexander was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $22,178.

2008

Alexander won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $97,176.

2006

Alexander was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $38,379.

2004

Alexander won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $31,869.

2002

Alexander was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $8,697.

2000

Alexander won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $31,363.

1996

Alexander won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Alexander raised a total of $80,431.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in South Carolina

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of South Carolina scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013-2014

The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 120th legislative session from January 8, 2013, to June 6, 2014. In 2014, a statewide session was held from June 17 to June 19 "for the consideration of certain specified matters."[7]

  • Legislators are scored on business issues, including: infrastructure funding, the Department of Employment and Workforce Integrity bill, expanding 4-year-old kindergarten and funding for the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council.
  • The scorecards are not comprehensive, but concentrate on issues related to jobs, spending, and freedom.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

2011-2012

The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 119th legislative session from January 11, 2011, to June 7, 2012. On June 2, 2011, Governor Nikki Haley attempted to call the Legislature into an "emergency" special session to begin on June 7 to create the new South Carolina Department of Administration. A lawsuit was filed by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, in which he contended that Haley's call for a special session was unconstitutional, and that it violated the state Constitution's requirement of separation of powers among the governor, legislature and courts.[8] On June 6, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled 3-2 against Governor Haley, stating that her order violated the Legislature's ability to set its calendar and agenda.[9] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[10] The legislature re-convened July 26.[11]

  • Legislators are scored on medicaid flexibility, economic development, vetoes sustained, and record of votes.
  • Legislators are scored on limited government, the free market, and individual liberty and responsibility.
  • The RLC supports individual rights, limited government and free enterprise.
  • BIPEC uses roll call votes on business and industry issues to calculate a Vote Score for members of South Carolina's state legislature.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records on bills that directly impacted the business climate and competitiveness of the state.

The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard

See also: The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Scorecard for South Carolina Representatives and Senators once a year. The Scorecard gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."[12]

2012

Thomas Alexander received a score of 18% in the 2012 score card, ranking 19th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[13] His score was followed by Senators Wes Hayes (18%), William O'Dell (18%), and Greg Ryberg (18%).[14]

Personal

Alexander has a wife, Lynda.

Controversies

Relative salary and expenses

According to an October 2010 report by The Nerve, Alexander recorded salary and expenses of $109,505 for the 2.5-year period from Jan. 1, 2008, through mid 2010, making him the third-highest-compensated legislator in South Carolina during that period.[15]

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