Jay Jordan

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Jay Jordan
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South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 14, 2015
Next generalApril 14, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCollege of Charleston
J.D.Charleston School of Law
Place of birthFlorence, SC
Jay Jordan is a Republican Representative-elect for District 63 of the South Carolina House of Representatives.[1]

He was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of South Carolina.[2]

On February 17, 2012, Jordan was placed "On the Radar" in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle, the Young Guns Program was founded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Ryan, to identify and support strong Republican candidates.[3]


Jordan's professional experience includes working as a lawyer in the Pee Dee region. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and has been chair of the Florence County Election Commission and Voter Registration Board.[4]



See also: South Carolina state legislative special elections, 2015

Jay Jordan defeated Robby L. Hill and Elijah Jones in the Republican primary on February 24, 2015.[5][1]

The seat was vacant following Kristopher Crawford's (R) retirement on December 9, 2014.[6]

A special election for the position of South Carolina House of Representatives District 63 was initially called for April 14. A primary election took place on February 24, 2015. Because candidates from only one party filed to run, the primary election decided the winner of the special election. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 5, 2015.[7]


See also: South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Jordan ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 7th District. Jordan ran against Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Chad Prosser, Katherine Jenerette and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12. He was defeated by Tom Rice and Andre Bauer. Rice went on to defeat Bauer in the runoff election on June 26.[8]

Effect of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in South Carolina

The 7th District was added following the results of the 2010 census. According to the Washington Post, despite Republican-controlled redistricting decisions, this district is a battleground for Democrats and Republicans seeking control of the U.S. House. With Republican front-runner Thad Viers deciding not to run and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th is a swing district this year.[9]


  • On May 23, Jordan released his first TV ad, titled "Reasons."

  • On May 31, Jordan released a second TV ad, titled "Promises."



2012 election

A Francis Marion University/SCNOW.com poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Bauer with a slim lead over the rest of the candidate field.[10]

South Carolina's Congressional District 7, 2012
Poll Andre Bauer (R) Tom Rice (R)Chad Prosser (R)Jay Jordan (R)Katherine Jenerette (R)Dick Withington (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(May 14-15, 2012)
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Florence Forum

On May 14, 2012, the 7th congressional candidates attended a forum that was followed by a post-debate poll. Then, Jay Jordan won the poll with 49 percent of the votes. Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer followed with 23 percent and Chad Prosser came in third with 11 percent. Tom Rice garnered nine percent of the votes and Randal Wallace ended the night with three percent.[11]

Campaign donors

As of March 31, 2012, Jordan raised $291,967 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $125,614, leaving him with $166,353 cash on hand. Of that, 64 percent came from individual contributions, while 36 percent came from candidate self-financing.[12]


Jordan and his wife, Tara, have three children: Wallace, Lana Claire and William.[4]

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