Kent Williams, South Carolina Senator

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Kent Williams
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South Carolina State Senate District 30
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sFlorence Darlington Technical College, 1981
Bachelor'sSouth Carolina State University, 1987
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 15, 1960
Place of birthMarion, SC
ProfessionDeputy County Administrator
ReligionA.M.E.
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kent M. Williams (b. September 15, 1960) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Williams earned his A.S. from Florence Darlington Technical College in 1981. He went on to earn his B.S. from South Carolina State University in 1987. Williams worked as at an Independent Federal Savings and Loan Bank from 1985 to 1986. He is currently a Deputy County Administrator.

Williams served as Chairman for the Marion County Board of Education from 1998 to 2004.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Penology
Fish, Game and Forestry
Finance
Labor, Commerce and Industry

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Williams served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Williams defeated Patrick T. Richardson in the June 12, 2012 Democratic primary. No Republican candidates filed for the general election on November 6, 2012 and Williams won the seat unopposed.[1][2][3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKent Williams Incumbent 99.3% 33,156
     Other Write-Ins 0.7% 225
Total Votes 33,381
South Carolina State Senate District 30 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKent Williams Incumbent 80.8% 8,694
Patrick T Richardson 19.2% 2,068
Total Votes 10,762

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Williams won re-election for District 30 of the South Carolina State Senate with 32,888 votes, ahead of write-ins (158).[5]

He raised $156,643 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 30
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kent Williams (D) 32,888
Write-ins 158

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $627,006 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[7]

Kent Williams's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 21 Won $120,120
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 21 Not up for election $36,706
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 21 Won $156,643
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 21 Not up for election $72,569
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 21 Won $240,968
Grand Total Raised $627,006

2012

Williams won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $120,120.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kent Williams, South Carolina Senator's campaign in 2012
Williams, Kent$6,467
Senate Democratic Caucus of South Carolina$5,000
Lawhon, Mark$2,000
Grand Strand Restaurant PAC$2,000
South Carolina Farm Bureau$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$120,120
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Williams was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $36,706.

2008

Williams won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $156,643.

2006

Williams was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $72,569.

2004

Williams won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $240,968.

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."[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.
  • 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.[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 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."[13]

2012

Kent Williams received a score of 12% in the 2012 score card, ranking 28th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[14] His score was followed by Senators Brad Hutto (6%), Darrell Jackson (6%), and John Land (6%).[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maggie Glover
South Carolina State Senate - District 30
2004–present
Succeeded by
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