Walton McLeod

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Walton McLeod
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South Carolina House District 40
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sYale University, 1959
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Walton J. McLeod, III (b. June 30, 1937) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Biography

McLeod earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1959. He went on to receive his LLB from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1964. He then attended the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 1972, and the University of Nevada National Judicial College in 1993. McLeod worked as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Clement Haynsworth of the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1964 to 1965. He then worked as an attorney for Pope & Schumpert from 1965 to 1967. From 1967 to 1968, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Department of Justice's District of South Carolina. He then served as Deputy Attorney General for the South Carolina Office of Attorney General from 1987 to 1988. He was also General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control from 1968 to 1994. McLeod served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant from 1959 to 1961. He also served in Active Duty in the Navy from 1959 to 1961, in 1963, and again in 1990. He served to Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the United States Navy Reserves from 1959 to 1992.

McLeod served as Mayor of the Town of Little Mountain from 1983 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1996.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Walt McLeod was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Richard Martin was unopposed in the Republican primary. McLeod and Martin will face off in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

McLeod ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWalton McLeod Incumbent 99.1% 13,223
     Other Write-Ins 0.9% 122
Total Votes 13,345

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

McLeod ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 40 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. McLeod won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2[6].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 40 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Walt McLeod (D) 8,942 98.29%
Write-In 156 1.71%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, McLeod won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 12,669 votes, representing District 40. 

McLeod raised $1,295 for his campaign.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 40 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Walton McLeod (D) 12,669

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McLeod is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, McLeod raised a total of $190,053 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 30, 2013.[8]

Walton McLeod's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $614
2010 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $550
2008 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $1,295
2006 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $2,305
2004 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $3,995
2002 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $52,825
2000 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $44,987
1998 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $37,396
1996 South Carolina State House, District 40 Won $46,086
Grand Total Raised $190,053

2012

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $614.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Walton McLeod's campaign in 2012
Mcleod, Walton J$208
Cullinan, Thomas W$1,000
Hamm, Glenn L$1,000
Bryan III, John B$1,000
Nelson, Roy P$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$614
Source:Follow the Money

2010

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $550.

2008

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $1,295.

2006

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $2,305.

2004

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $3,995.

2002

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $52,825.

2000

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $44,987.

1998

McLeod won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $37,396.

1996

McLeod won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, McLeod raised a total of $46,086.

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."[9]

  • 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.
  • Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, monitors the voting records of North Carolina’s state legislators on key environmental issues.
  • 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.[10] 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.[11] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[12] The legislature re-convened July 26.[13]

  • 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."[14]

2012

Walton McLeod received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 96th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives James Merrill (13%), Elizabeth Munnerlyn (13%), and Denny Neilson (13%).[16]

Personal

McLeod and his wife, Julie, have one child. McLeod served as a Magistrate Judge for the Newberry County Magistrates Court from 1973 to 1981. In 1984, he was a Delegate to the Democratic National Committee. He then served as a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee from 1986 to 1990. He was also a State Committeeman for the Newberry County Democratic Party during this time. In 1988, McLeod served on the Democratic National Convention Committee.

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1996–present
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