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$131/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]

Incumbent Nikki Haley (R) has yet to announce if she intends to run for re-election. 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][10]

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).[11]

He raised $56,274 for his campaign.[12]

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.[13]

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.

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

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."[14]

2012

Vincent A. Sheheen received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 40th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[15] His score was followed by Senators Ralph Anderson (0%), Paul Campbell (0%), Creighton B. Coleman (0%).[16]

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).[17]

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Preceded by
Donald Holland
South Carolina State Senate - District 27
2004–present
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