Thomas McElveen

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Thomas McElveen
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South Carolina State Senate District 35
In office
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
J. Thomas McElveen, III is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, McElveen served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fish, Game and Forestry


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



See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

McElveen ran in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 35. He defeated E.B. Mac McLeod in the Democratic primary on June 12. Incumbent Phil Leventis (D) is not running for re-election. McElveen won in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3][4][5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas McElveen Incumbent 54.8% 22,459
     Republican Tony Barwick 45.1% 18,498
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 40
Total Votes 40,997
South Carolina State Senate District 35 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas McElveen 68.8% 4,285
E B Mac McLeod 31.2% 1,941
Total Votes 6,226

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McElveen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McElveen raised a total of $215,885 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[6]

Thomas McElveen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 35 Won $215,885
Grand Total Raised $215,885


McElveen won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McElveen raised a total of $215,885.


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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]

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Preceded by
Phil Leventis (D)
South Carolina State Senate - District 35
Succeeded by