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James Rutherford
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South Carolina House District 74
Incumbent
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHoward University, 1992
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1996
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James "Todd" Rutherford (b. October 10, 1970) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 74. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He currently serves as Minority Leader.

Biography

Rutherford earned his B.A. from Howard University in 1992. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1996. Rutherford was a legislative assistant to Congressman Robin Tallon from 1992 to 1993. In 1993, he was owner of 3 Technical Integrated Systems. He then worked for The Rutherford Law Firm, LLC, from 1998 to 2006. Rutherford was assistant solicitor and special prosecutor for the 5th Solicitor's Office from 1996 to 1998. He worked as an attorney and owner of 803 Motorsports.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rutherford 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 Rutherford was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Donna McGreevy is running as an American Independent party candidate. Rutherford and McGreevy will face off in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rutherford ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 74, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Rutherford Incumbent 99.6% 13,750
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 62
Total Votes 13,812

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rutherford ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 74 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Rutherford defeated Christopher Jones (G) in the general election on November 2.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 74 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Rutherford (D) 6,493 87.93%
Christopher Jones (G) 866 11.73%
Write-In 25 0.34%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Rutherford won re-election to the 74th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Antonio Williams (G).

Rutherford raised $8,250 for his campaign, while Williams raised $0.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 74 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Rutherford (D) 10,154
Antonio Williams (G) 1,012

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rutherford is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Rutherford raised a total of $119,472 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[7]

James Rutherford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $11,099
2010 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $11,964
2008 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $8,250
2006 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $9,000
2004 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $6,913
2002 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $37,229
2000 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $16,650
1998 South Carolina State House, District 74 Won $18,367
Grand Total Raised $119,472

2012

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $11,099.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Rutherford's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association$1,000
South Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association$1,000
South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association$999
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina$750
South Carolina Bankers Association Bankpac$700
Total Raised in 2012$11,099
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $11,964.

2008

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $8,250.

2006

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $9,000.

2004

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $6,913.

2002

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $37,229.

2000

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $16,650.

1998

Rutherford won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Rutherford raised a total of $18,367.

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."[8]

  • 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.[9] 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.[10] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[11] The legislature re-convened July 26.[12]

  • 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."[13]

2012

James Rutherford received a score of 7% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 120th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[14] His score was followed by representatives Bakari Sellers (7%), Robert Williams (7%), and Terry Alexander (0%).[15]

Personal

Rutherford has a wife, Naida.

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