Vincent Sheheen

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Vincent Sheheen
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South Carolina State Senate District 27
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives
2000-2004
Education
Bachelor'sClemson University, 1993
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1996
Personal
BirthdayApril 29, 1971
Place of birthCamden, SC
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Vincent A. Sheheen (b. April 29, 1971) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in February 2004.

Sheheen served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004.

Sheheen was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 gubernatorial election in South Carolina.[1] He announced he would seek the nomination for governor again in 2014.[2]

Biography

Sheheen earned his B.A. from Clemson University in 1993. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1996. Sheheen was a Law Clerk for the United States District Judge from 1996 to 1998. In 2000 he was Prosecutor for the City of Camden. He was then the Adjunct Instructor for the University of South Carolina School of Law from 1998 to 2001. He worked as an attorney for Savage, Royall and Sheheen, Limited Liability Partnership.

In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Sheheen one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Education
General
Judiciary
Fish, Game and Forestry

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Balance of powers

Before the 2011 session began, three bills were filed in the South Carolina State Legislature that would have restructured the amount of power the legislature has compared to the state executive and judicial branches. The lawmakers who submitted the bills held that the scales of authority and oversight have been weighted against the executive and judicial branches in favor of the Legislature for decades, both constitutionally and statutorily.

For example, the state Budget and Control Board is both an agency and a board and it is a discordant hybrid of the executive and legislative branches that is unique to South Carolina. The board consists of three constitutional officers elected statewide, including the governor as chairman, and two of the most powerful legislators – the chairmen of the budget-writing Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees. In another example, the power to appoint hundreds of members to executive boards and commissions rests with the General Assembly.

"We need to give the governor the power to be governor," said Sen. Chip Campsen (R).

Campsen was the chief sponsor of one of the three restructuring bills, S. 134.

"The small little cabal of senior legislators and those they influence, they don’t want to give up any power," said Sen. Mike Rose (R), who co-sponsored Campsen’s bill.

Bringing bipartisanship to the reform table, Sen. Sheheen sponsored one of the other two bills, S. 261. Campsen and Rose both signed onto the Sheheen measure.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2014

Sheheen is running for Governor of South Carolina in the 2014 election. In April 2013, Sheheen announced in an email to supporters that he is building a campaign for governor in 2014. "Three years ago, we came so very close to changing South Carolina for the better. Now we can finish the job together," he stated.[5]

Sheheen won the Democratic nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Sheheen's campaign manager is former North Carolina Democratic Party executive director Andrew Whalen. Whalen previously served as campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D).[6]

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Sheheen won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 27. Sheheen ran unopposed in the June 12 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

South Carolina State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Sheheen Incumbent 99% 29,031
     Other Write-Ins 1% 298
Total Votes 29,329


2010

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Sheheen defeated Jim Rex and Robert Ford in the June 8 primary.

He lost to Nikki Haley (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

South Carolina Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNikki Haley 51.4% 690,525
     Democratic Vincent A. Sheheen 46.9% 630,534
     Green Morgan Bruce Reeves 0.9% 12,483
     UNC Morgan Bruce Reeves 0.6% 7,631
     Write-In Various 0.2% 3,025
Total Votes 1,344,198
Election Results Via: South Carolina Election Commission

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Sheheen won re-election for District 27 of the South Carolina State Senate with 28,838 votes, ahead of write-ins (129).[10]

He raised $56,274 for his campaign.[11]

South Carolina State Senate, District 27
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vincent Sheheen (D) 28,838
Write-ins 129

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sheheen is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Sheheen raised a total of $5,055,896 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[12]

Vincent Sheheen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 27 Won $106,027
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 27 / Governor of South Carolina Defeated $4,618,323
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 27 Won $56,274
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 27 Not up for election $16,860
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 27 Won $197,506
2002 South Carolina State House, District 52 Won $19,506
2000 South Carolina State House, District 52 Won $41,400
Grand Total Raised $5,055,896
Note: In 2010, Sheheen raised $1,003,259 for his Senate seat, which was not up for election, and $3,615,054 for the Governor's seat, which he lost.

2012

Sheheen won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $106,027.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vincent Sheheen's campaign in 2012
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina$2,000
AT&T$2,000
Black River Electric Cooperative$1,500
Mcwhirter Bellinger & Associates$1,250
Kurtz, Andrew$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$106,027
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Governor

Sheheen lost the election for the South Carolina Governor in 2010. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $3,615,054.

Senate

Sheheen was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $1,003,259.

2008

Sheheen won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $56,274.

2006

Sheheen was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $16,860.

2004

Sheheen won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $197,506.

2002

Sheheen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $19,506.

2000

Sheheen won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Sheheen raised a total of $41,400.

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.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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."[13]

  • 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.

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.[14] 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.[15] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[16] The legislature re-convened July 26.[17]

  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • 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.

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."[18]

2012

Vincent A. Sheheen received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 40th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[19] His score was followed by Senators Ralph Anderson (0%), Paul Campbell (0%), Creighton B. Coleman (0%).[20]

Personal

Sheheen and his wife, Amy, have three children.

Controversies

Complaints filed by GOP operative

A paid South Carolina Republican Party operative filed three ethics complaints against Sheheen. The complaints were that Sheheen failed to report expenses paid to fly to Kentucky on a campaign-related trip, a gasoline reimbursement to a volunteer, and an unreported in-kind contribution. The South Carolina Ethics Commission dismissed the complaints against Sheheen, however. The in-kind donation was made during the quarter in which the complaint was filed, and Sheheen said he would file it with the next quarter's fundraising, as he is legally required to do. Sheheen also noted that he drove his own car to Kentucky for the campaign event, and did not accrue and flight expenses. Sheheen called the charges "desperate accusations" and claimed that they were simply meant to distract from the blemished ethics record of Governor Nikki Haley (R).[21]

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References

  1. Congressional Quarterly Politics, "Barrett Touts $300K Quarter for South Carolina Gov Bid," April 9, 2009
  2. The State, "Sheheen challenging Haley again," April 10, 2013
  3. Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011
  4. The Nerve, "Bills Target Legislature's Lopsided Power," January 04, 2011
  5. Washington Post, "Vincent Sheheen to run against Nikki Haley again," April 10, 2013
  6. The State, "Democrat Vincent Sheheen names campaign manager for 2014 SC governor’s race," July 9, 2013
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, “2012 General Election – Official Results,” November 19, 2012
  8. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  9. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  10. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Sheheen, Vincent," accessed June 21, 2013
  13. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  14. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  15. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  16. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  17. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  18. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  19. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  21. The State, "Sheheen accuses SC GOP of ‘desperate accusations’ in dismissed ethics charges," September 19, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Holland
South Carolina State Senate - District 27
2004–present
Succeeded by
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