Greg Gregory

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Greg Gregory
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South Carolina Senate District 16
Incumbent
In office
1993-2008, April 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position (current service)3
Years in position (previous service)15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State Senate
1993-2008
Education
High schoolLancaster High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina
Personal
BirthdayMarch 18, 1963
Place of birthLancaster, SC
ProfessionPresident, Builders Supply Co.
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Chauncey K. "Greg" Gregory is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992, serving until 2008. He was elected to his current tenure in the April 12, 2011, special election. Gregory filled the vacancy created when Michael Mulvaney (R) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 2 general election. In his previous tenure in the Senate, he served as chairman of the Fish, Game and Forestry Committee.

Biography

Gregory is a graduate of Lancaster High School and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration. He is the President of Builders Supply Company.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Penology
Fish, Game and Forestry
Judiciary
Rules

2011-2012

Gregory served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 session:

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Gregory’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Streamlining Government: "The governor is accountable to all the voters and the executive branch should set the direction for the education, roads, commerce, etc. for the state. Unfortunately, SC has the nation’s weakest executive branch and that is a major reason that we statistically lag most all other states in education and quality of life matters.
  • Shorten Legislative Session: "The SC General Assembly meets for longer than any other in the southeast. From January to June they are simply in Columbia too long. I believe the legislature should come in, get its work done and leave. This should take no longer than three months and for years I advocated for this change. Now, with funds tighter than ever, is the time to shorten the session."
  • Advocate for USC Lancaster: "USCL and Winthrop are two of the most poorly funded universities in the state. The reason is SC’s convoluted system for funding higher education rewards universities that educate fewer students and penalizes those that educate more. USCL educates twice as many students as it did ten years ago, including students from York County, and received less money from the state to do so."
  • Jobs and Development: "The roll of elected officials is not to “create” jobs. We have already witnessed the fallacy of attempting to do this through the federal stimulus bills. Instead, leaders should provide the right conditions: low taxes, quality education for workers, good roads and other infrastructure that is needed."
  • K-12 Education: "The government’s responsibility is mostly confined to what our education system can do for students during the 180 days a year it has them in school. To this end, I have supported merit pay for teachers, higher pay for teachers’ education advancement, full day kindergarten, and the 1998 state bond bill which was used to construct many of the new schools in York and Lancaster counties."
  • Constituent Service: "To provide effective constituent service takes patience and good listening skills, but one must also know to whom in the government to reach out for each problem. It takes several years of experience to learn, but I already have the rolodex and can effectively assist the people of the district from day one."

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Gregory won election in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 16. Gregory ran unopposed in the June 12 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Gregory Incumbent 99% 36,297
     Other Write-Ins 1% 383
Total Votes 36,680

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Gregory defeated Keith Brann (D) and Stan Smith (L) in the April 12, 2011 special election.[6][7][8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gregory is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Gregory raised a total of $252,757 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[9]

Greg Gregory's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 16 Won $20,948
2011 South Carolina State Senate, District 16 Won $90,976
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $8,175
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 16 Won $81,189
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $2,250
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 16 Won $14,175
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 16 Won $35,044
Grand Total Raised $252,757

2012

Gregory won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gregory raised a total of $20,948.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Greg Gregory's campaign in 2012
Gregory For Senate$5,497
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
AT&T$1,200
South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology$1,000
South Carolina Association of Realtors$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$20,948
Source:Follow the Money

2011

Gregory won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Gregory raised a total of $90,976.

2006

Gregory was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Gregory raised a total of $8,175.

2004

Gregory won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Gregory raised a total of $81,189.

2002

Gregory was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Gregory raised a total of $2,250.

2000

Gregory won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Gregory raised a total of $14,175.

1996

Gregory won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Gregory raised a total of $35,044.

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."[10]

  • 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.[11] 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.[12] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[13] The legislature re-convened July 26.[14]

  • 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."[15]

2012

Chauncey K. Gregory received a score of 29% in the 2012 score card, ranking 15th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[16] His score was followed by Senators Raymond Cleary (24%), Ronnie W. Cromer (24%), and Larry Martin (24%).[17]

Personal

Gregory and his wife, Sherri, have two children. He is member of the USC Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of Springs Memorial Hospital, and the Board of Directors of the Nepal Orphans Home. He is also a member of the Rotary Club.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Campaign Site, "About Greg," accessed May 15, 2014
  2. Campaign Site, "Issues," accessed May 15, 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. Lake Wylie Pilot, "Seven Republicans eye Mulvaney's SC Senate seat," December 30, 2010
  7. SC Senate Republican Caucus, "Gregory wins District 16 Senate primary," February 23, 2011
  8. Herald Online, "Gregory wins election, will return to District 16 senate seat," April 12, 2011
  9. followthemoney.org, "Gregory, Greg," accessed June 21, 2013
  10. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  11. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  12. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  13. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  14. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  15. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  16. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Mulvaney
South Carolina State Senate - District 16
2011-present
Succeeded by
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