Joseph McEachern

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Joseph McEachern
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South Carolina House District 77
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
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 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joseph A. "Joe" McEachern is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 77. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

McEachern attended both Furman University and Columbia International University. McEachern worked for the Richland County Sheriff Department. He has also worked as a Real Estate Broker. McEachern is a Regional Transportation Authority. He is also a former board member of the Central Midlands Council of Governments. From 1997 to 2008, he was on the Richland County Council.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Invitations and Memorial Resolutions

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McEachern 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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Joseph McEachern was unopposed in the Democratic primary. McEachern is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

McEachern defeated Chris Sullivan in the Democratic primary on June 12.[3][4] McEachern ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 77, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph McEachern Incumbent 99.5% 14,662
     Other Write-Ins 0.5% 71
Total Votes 14,733
South Carolina House of Representatives District 77 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe McEachern Incumbent 76.3% 1,178
Chris Sullivan 23.7% 365
Total Votes 1,543

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

McEachern ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 77 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. McEachern won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 77 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph McEachern (D) 11,336 99.19%
Write-In 93 0.81%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, McEachern won re-election to the 77th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Michael Koska (R).

McEachern raised $22,395 for his campaign, while Koska raised $13,349.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 77 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph McEachern(D) 13,655
Michael Koska (R) 5,799

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McEachern is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, McEachern raised a total of $76,210 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[8]

Joseph McEachern's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $17,290
2010 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $10,200
2008 South Carolina State House, District 77 Won $22,395
2006 South Carolina State House, District 77 Defeated $26,325
Grand Total Raised $76,210

2012

McEachern won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McEachern raised a total of $17,290.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph McEachern's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association$1,000
The Southern Group LLC$1,000
Timberlake Holdings$1,000
Teamsters Local 509$1,000
Thermal Technologies Inc$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$17,290
Source:Follow the Money

2010

McEachern won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, McEachern raised a total of $10,200.

2008

McEachern won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, McEachern raised a total of $22,395.

2006

McEachern lost the election for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, McEachern raised a total of $26,325.

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."[9]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

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.[10] 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.[11] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[12] The legislature re-convened July 26.[13]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records on bills that directly impacted the business climate and competitiveness of the state.

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."[14]

2012

Joseph McEachern received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 65th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[15] His score was followed by representatives Chris Murphy (20%), James Neal (20%), and Andy Patrick (20%).[16]

Personal

McEachern and his wife, Penny, have two children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 77
2008–present
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