James Merrill

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James Merrill
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South Carolina House District 99
Incumbent
In office
2000 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 14
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1989
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina, 1992
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James H. "Jimmy" Merrill (b. January 15, 1967) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 99. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. In 2004, he served as State House Majority Leader. Later, he served as Majority Caucus Whip.

Biography

Merrill earned his B.A. and M.P.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Merrill worked as a public relations consultant and owner of Geechie Communications since 1994. Merrill served as press secretary for Congressman Floyd Spence from 1989 to 1992. In 1994, he was district administrator for Congressman Mark Sanford. He also worked as political director of the South Carolina Republican Party from 1992 to 1998.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Merrill 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 James Merrill was unopposed in the Republican primary. Merrill is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Merrill was rumored to be a candidate to fill the vacancy left by Tim Scott, but did not file to run.[3]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Merrill ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[4][5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Merrill Incumbent 99.2% 12,968
     Other Write-Ins 0.8% 106
Total Votes 13,074

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Merrill ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 99 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Merrill won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Merrill (R) 8,264 99.37%
Write-In 52 0.63%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Merrill won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 11,294 votes, representing District 99. 

Merrill raised $33,151 for his campaign.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Merrill (R) 11,294

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Merrill is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Merrill raised a total of $220,202 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[8]

James Merrill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 99 Won $24,350
2010 South Carolina State House, District 99 Won $22,500
2008 South Carolina State House, District 99 Won $33,151
2006 South Carolina State House, District 99 Won $47,044
2004 South Carolina State House, District 99 Won $37,152
2002 South Carolina State House, District 99 Won $13,560
2000 South Carolina State House, District 99 Won $42,445
Grand Total Raised $220,202

2012

Merrill won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Merrill raised a total of $24,350.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Merrill's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association$1,500
South Carolina Association of Realtors$1,000
Stern, Bill H$1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield$1,000
South Carolina Leadership PAC$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$24,350
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Merrill won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Merrill raised a total of $22,500.

2008

Merrill won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Merrill raised a total of $33,151.

2006

Merrill won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Merrill raised a total of $47,044.

2004

Merrill won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Merrill raised a total of $37,152.

2002

Merrill won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Merrill raised a total of $13,560.

2000

Merrill won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Merrill raised a total of $42,445.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

James Merrill endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

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.
  • 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

James Merrill received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 97th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[16] His score was followed by representatives Elizabeth Munnerlyn (13%), Denny Neilson (13%), and Harry Ott, Jr. (13%).[17]

Personal

Merrill and his wife, Noel, have three children.

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References

  1. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  2. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 Election Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  3. Washington Post, "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 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 24, 2012
  6. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  7. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  8. followthemoney.org, "Merrill, James H," accessed July 10, 2013
  9. Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
  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 April 11, 2014
  17. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 99
2000–present
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