Wes Hayes

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Wes Hayes
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South Carolina State Senate District 15
Incumbent
In office
1990-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 24
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1985-1990
Education
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy, West Point, 1975
J.D.University of South Carolina School of Law, 1983
Military service
Service/branchSouth Carolina Army National Guard
Years of service1980-present
Service branchUnited States Army
Years of service1975-1980
Personal
BirthdayDecember 19, 1952
Place of birthRock Hill, SC
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Robert W. "Wes" Hayes, Jr. is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 1991.

Hayes served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991.

Biography

Hayes earned his B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1983. He has worked as attorney/partner for Harrison Hayes and Guyton Law Firm since 1986.

Hayes was an Officer in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division, from 1975 to 1980. He has been an Officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard since 1980.

Issues

Teacher pay

Hayes led a Senate study panel on ways to recruit and retain South Carolina teachers in public schools. Among the suggestions made by the study panel was paying teacher mentors an additional stipend on top of their normal pay, boosting salaries for some teachers and forgiving student loans.[1] Hayes said such initiatives were especially important in rural districts, where communities have found it particularly hard to find high-quality teachers for classrooms, in part because rural districts often pay less than urban and suburban districts and are less attractive places to live. Student loan forgiveness programs were emphasized by the study panel, as current programs require education majors to apply for specific loans as the start of their education that would be forgiven over time during their careers. State Senator Brad Hutto (D), also a member of the study program, said the existing programs punish those who choose to be teachers later. Hayes also noted that those graduating with student debt may be de-incentivized to become teachers, as the minimum first-year pay for a teacher in South Carolina is $29,500, though some districts do pay higher. The panel did not provide dollar figures for their suggestions in the report given to the Senate Finance Committee.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance, Chair
Education
Ethics
Finance
Medical Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Hayes won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 15. Hayes ran unopposed in the June 12 Republican primary and defeated Joe Thompson (I-Petition) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWes Hayes Incumbent 74.2% 29,306
     Independent Joe Thompson 25.5% 10,049
     Other Write-Ins 0.3% 115
Total Votes 39,470


2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Hayes won re-election for District 15 of the South Carolina State Senate with 38,421, ahead of write-ins (274).[6]

Hayes raised $124,603 for his campaign.[7]

South Carolina State Senate, District 15
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wes Hayes (R) 38,421
Write-ins 274

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hayes is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Hayes raised a total of $397,375 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[8]

Wes Hayes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Won $153,667
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $10,199
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Won $124,603
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $22,290
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Won $25,978
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $2,207
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Won $49,748
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 15 Won $8,683
Grand Total Raised $397,375

2012

Hayes won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $153,667.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wes Hayes's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$10,000
Scana Corp$1,500
At&T$1,500
Centene Corp$1,000
Guardian Fidelity Mortgage Corp$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$153,667
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Hayes was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $10,199.

2008

Hayes won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $124,603.

2006

Hayes was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $22,290.

2004

Hayes won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $25,978.

2002

Hayes was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $2,207.

2000

Hayes won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $49,748.

1996

Hayes won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Hayes raised a total of $8,683.

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.

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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.
  • 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.[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 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."[14]

2012

Wes Hayes received a score of 18% in the 2012 score card, ranking 20th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[15] His score was followed by Senators William O'Dell (18%), Greg Ryberg (18%), and Nikki G. Setzler (18%).[16]

Personal

Hayes and his wife, Sally, have three children.

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References

  1. WACH Fox57, "Senators: Erasing debt could recruit more SC teachers," December 18, 2014
  2. Seanna Adcox Daily Reporter, "Legislators could explore debt forgiveness and increased pay as ways to keep good SC teachers," December 18, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, “2012 General Election – Official Results,” November 19, 2012
  4. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 25, 2012
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official election results for 2008," accessed May 15, 2014
  7. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  8. followthemoney.org, "Hayes, Wes," accessed June 20, 2013
  9. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  10. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  11. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  12. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  13. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  14. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  15. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
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South Carolina State Senate - District 15
1990-present
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