|South Carolina House District 74|
|1998 - Present|
|November 10, 2014|
|Years in position||15|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
Rutherford earned his BA from Howard University in 1992. He went on to receive his JD 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. He currently works as an attorney and owner of 803 Motorsports.
Rutherford was assistant solicitor and special prosecutor for the 5th Solicitor's Office from 1996 to 1998. He then joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 1999. He has served in that position since, representing the 74th District.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rutherford served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rutherford served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2011|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rutherford served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2009|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 74, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||James Rutherford Incumbent||99.6%||13,750|
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.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 74 (2010)|
|James Rutherford (D)||6,493||87.93%|
|Christopher Jones (G)||866||11.73%|
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.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 74 (2008)|
|James Rutherford (D)||10,154|
|Antonio Williams (G)||1,012|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Rutherford was up for re-election, he collected $11,964 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to James Rutherford's campaign in 2010|
|Midlands Orthopaedics Pa||$1,000|
|Mid Carolina Electric Cooperative||$1,000|
|South Carolina Bankers Association||$700|
|South Carolina Optometric Association||$700|
|Total Raised in 2010||$11,964|
Rutherford raised $8,250 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Bank of America||$1,000|
|8 different donors each donated:||$500|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
James Rutherford received a score of 7% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 120th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Bakari Sellers (7%), Robert Williams (7%), and Terry Alexander (0%).
Rutherford has a wife, Naida.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. James Rutherford
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- ↑ AP.org "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results" Accessed November 7, 2012
- ↑ South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 23, 2012
- ↑ South Carolina general election results
- ↑ Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- ↑ 2010 campaign contributions
- ↑ Campaign contributors to James Rutherford
- ↑ The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records"
- ↑ Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Scorecard 2012, 2012
- ↑ Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, 2012
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