Creighton Coleman

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Creighton Coleman
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South Carolina State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
2000-2008
Education
Bachelor'sThe Citadel, 1979
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1985
Personal
BirthdayMay 12, 1956
Place of birthWinnsboro, SC
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionEpiscopal
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Creighton B. Coleman (b. May 12, 1956) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Coleman served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008.

Biography

Coleman earned his B.A. from The Citadel in 1979. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1985.

Coleman has worked as a prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit from 1985 to 1990, and he has worked for the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1990 to 1992. He has worked for the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals from 1993 to the present. He is also an attorney for Coleman and Tolen, Limited Liability Company.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fish, Game and Forestry
Judiciary
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Coleman was opposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 by Al BellaVance.[1][2] Coleman won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

South Carolina State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCreighton Coleman Incumbent 66% 28,919
     Republican Bob Carrison 34% 14,872
Total Votes 43,791

2008

Coleman won election for District 17 of the South Carolina State Senate with 28,028, ahead of Republican Mark Bennett (9,952) and write-ins (93).[4]

Coleman raised $151,762 for his campaign, against $4,886 by Bennett.[5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 17
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Creighton Coleman (D) 28,028
Mark Bennett (R) 9,952
Write-ins 93

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coleman is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Coleman raised a total of $359,196 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[6]

Creighton Coleman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 17 Won $58,999
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $17,900
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 17 Won $151,762
2006 South Carolina State House, District 41 Won $27,518
2004 South Carolina State House, District 41 Won $34,599
2002 South Carolina State House, District 41 Won $10,302
2000 South Carolina State House, District 41 Won $33,898
1996 South Carolina State House, District 41 Defeated $24,218
Grand Total Raised $359,196

2012

Coleman won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $58,999.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Creighton Coleman's campaign in 2012
Senate Democratic Caucus of South Carolina$3,000
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
South Carolina Farm Bureau$2,000
Scana Corp$1,500
Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$58,999
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Coleman was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $17,900.

2008

Coleman won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $151,762.

2006

Coleman won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $27,518.

2004

Coleman won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $34,599.

2002

Coleman won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $10,302.

2000

Coleman won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $33,898.

1996

Coleman lost the election for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $24,218.

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."[7]

  • 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.

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.[8] 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.[9] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[10] The legislature re-convened July 26.[11]

  • 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."[12]

2012

Paul Campbell received a score of 0% in the 2012 score card, ranking 43rd out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[13] His score was followed by Senators Creighton B. Coleman (0%), Dick Elliott (0%), and Robert Ford (0%).[14]

Personal

Coleman and his wife, Marion, have three children. Coleman was Chair for Fairfield County Democratic Party in 1998.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Short
South Carolina State Senate - District 17
2008-present
Succeeded by
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