William O'Dell

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William O'Dell
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South Carolina State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
1988-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 26
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sThe Citadel, 1960
Military service
Service/branchSouth Carolina National Guard
Years of service1956-1958
Personal
BirthdayOctober 11, 1938
Place of birthWare Shoals, SC
ProfessionCEO, O'Dell Corporation Incorporated
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William H. O'Dell (b. October 11, 1938) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 1988.

O'Dell switched his party identification from Democratic to Republican in September 2003.[1]

Biography

O'Dell earned his B.A. in History from The Citadel in 1960. He is currently the President of O'Dell Corporation, Incorporated.

O'Dell was the Vice-Chair of Greenwood School District 51 from 1974 to 1981. O'Dell served in the South Carolina National Guard from 1956 to 1958.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Dell served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Finance
General, Chair
Interstate Cooperation
Labor, Commerce and Industry

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, O'Dell served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, O'Dell served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

O'Dell won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 4. O'Dell defeated Riley Harvell in the June 12 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4][5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam O'Dell Incumbent 99% 24,929
     Other Write-Ins 1% 262
Total Votes 25,191
South Carolina State Senate District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBilly O'Dell Incumbent 58.4% 3,031
Riley Harvell 41.6% 2,155
Total Votes 5,186

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, O'Dell won re-election for District 4 of the South Carolina State Senate with 21,676 votes, ahead of Democrat Leonardo Ortiz (10,475) and write-ins (48).[6]

Bryant raised $122,263 for his campaign, against $3,933 by Ortiz.[7]

South Carolina State Senate, District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William O'Dell (R) 21,676
Leonardo Ortiz 10,475
Write-ins 48

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for O'Dell is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, O'Dell raised a total of $455,735 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[8]

William O'Dell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Won $98,799
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Not up for election $5,899
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Won $122,263
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Not up for election $9,198
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Won $86,141
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Not up for election $5,650
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Won $127,785
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 4 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $455,735

2012

O'Dell won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, O'Dell raised a total of $98,799.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William O'Dell's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology$2,000
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$2,000
Wal-Mart$1,750
South Carolina Dental Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$98,799
Source:Follow the Money

2010

O'Dell was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, O'Dell raised a total of $5,899.

2008

O'Dell won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, O'Dell raised a total of $122,263.

2006

O'Dell was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, O'Dell raised a total of $9,198.

2004

O'Dell won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, O'Dell raised a total of $86,141.

2002

O'Dell was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, O'Dell raised a total of $5,650.

2000

O'Dell won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, O'Dell raised a total of $127,785.

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."[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

William O'Dell received a score of 18% in the 2012 score card, ranking 21st out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[15] His score was followed by Senators Greg Ryberg (18%), Nikki G. Setzler (18%), and Jake Knotts (12%).[16]

Personal

O'Dell and his wife, Aedra, have two children.

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1988-present
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