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Lawrence Grooms
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South Carolina State Senate District 37
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sClemson University, 1987
Personal
BirthdayMarch 20, 1964
Place of birthMoncks Corner, SC
ProfessionPresident/CEO, GTI Corporation
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Lawrence K. "Larry" Grooms (b. March 20, 1964) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in 1997.

Biography

Grooms earned his B.S. from Clemson University in 1987. Grooms worked as the President/CEO of GTI Corporation, starting in 1989.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Education
Finance
Transportation, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Grooms ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott (R), who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[1] Grooms ran in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[2] The general election takes place on May 7, 2013.[3]

Grooms was the third runner up in the March 19 Republican primary.[4] Mark Sanford (R) defeated challenger Curtis Bostic, who was the runner-up, in the April 2 runoff primary.

Observers considered former Governor Mark Sanford the front runner due to name recognition. Sanford had previously served as Governor of South Carolina, and he held this seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms. He also had a financial advantage due to his fundraising network and $120,000 he held in an account from a previous campaign.[5]

The district leans Republican.[6] The last Democratic candidate elected in this district was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[7]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 36.9% 19,854
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Bostic 13.3% 7,168
Ric Bryant 0.2% 87
Larry Grooms 12.4% 6,673
Jonathan Hoffman 0.7% 360
Jeff King 0.4% 211
John Kuhn 6.5% 3,479
Tim Larkin 0.7% 393
Harry "Chip" Limehouse 6.1% 3,279
Peter McCoy 1.6% 867
Elizabeth Moffly 1% 530
Ray Nash 4.7% 2,508
Andy Patrick 7% 3,783
Shawn Pinkston 0.3% 154
Keith Blandford 0.4% 195
Teddy Turner 7.9% 4,252
Total Votes 53,793
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[4]

Conservative group launches write-in campaign for GOP alternative

In an effort to give voters an alternative to Sanford and his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, one conservative group has announced plans on April 25 to launch a write-in campaign for state senator Grooms.[8] Grooms ran in the Republican primary, finishing third behind Sanford and attorney Curtis Bostic.[8]

The Conservative Campaign Committee PAC, which supported Grooms in the primary, launched an independent expenditure campaign "to give conservative voters who are disenchanted with Sanford but do not want to vote for a Democrat a third option in the May 7 special election."[8] The group has already started “actively reaching out to conservative leaders and groups from around the country to join our coalition and contribute to this effort,” CCC Vice Chair Selena Owens said in a statement.[8] The group also plans to run radio and television ads to encourage voters to write in Grooms on the ballot, with the ads expected to say, “We don’t have to settle for the lesser of evils in this Special Election. Instead, write in Larry Grooms for Congress on May 7th.”[8]

In response to the write-in campaign, Grooms posted a statement to his Facebook page saying, "I learned today that a national conservative tea-party group has expressed their intent to launch a write-in campaign on my behalf. Their decision was done without my knowledge or consent. It is my desire to untie conservatives, not divide them. While I am grateful to have had their past support, my race is over. I am asking them to stop their effort. The most important action we can take as conservatives is to defeat Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch. Mrs. Busch would want nothing more than to see the Republican vote split on May 7th because she knows that every Republican that writes in a name is one less vote for the Republican candidate...I encourage you to not help elect a Democrat by writing in my name or any other candidate’s name but instead to support our Republican nominee, Mark Sanford."[9]

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Grooms ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11][12]

South Carolina State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Grooms Incumbent 98.9% 32,003
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 365
Total Votes 32,368

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Grooms won re-election for District 37 of the South Carolina State Senate with 33,385 votes, ahead of write-ins (199).[13]

He raised $63,824 for his campaign.[14]

South Carolina State Senate, District 37
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Lawrence Grooms (R) 33,385
Write-ins 199

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grooms is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Grooms raised a total of $540,350 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[15]

Lawrence Grooms's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $74,949
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $43,650
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $63,824
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $53,293
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $99,236
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Not up for election $3,131
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 37 Won $202,267
Grand Total Raised $540,350

2012

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $74,949.

2010

Grooms was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $43,650.

2008

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $63,824.

2006

Grooms was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $53,293.

2004

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $99,236.

2002

Grooms was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $3,131.

2000

Grooms won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Grooms raised a total of $202,267.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lawrence Grooms endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [16]

He previously endorsed Rick Perry.[17]

Scorecards

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."[18]

2012

Lawrence Grooms received a score of 41% in the 2012 score card, ranking 9th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[19] His score was followed by Senators A. Shane Massey (41%), Phillip Shoopman (41%), and George Campsen (35%).[20]

Personal

Grooms and his wife, Carol, have three children. Grooms has served as Executive Committee Member for the Berkeley County Republican Party since 1996.

Controversies

Panama trip conflict of interest

Grooms was one of several South Carolina lawmakers who traveled to Panama in September 2010 for a three-day trip paid for by the South Carolina State Ports Authority, even though he's a member of a commission that oversees the authority.[21] At least $29,000 was spent on the Ports Authority-sponsored junket, which sought to promote South Carolina ports to Panama Canal officials.[22] Information gathered by the investigative journalism website The Nerve showed that the authority covered most of the costs for the seven-member legislative group, which included five legislators - Weeks; Rep. J. David Weeks, D-Sumter; Rep. Bill Sandifer, III, R-Oconee; Sen. Phillip Shoopman, R-Greenville, and then-Rep. Harry Cato, R-Greenville.[23] Grooms was the only one of the five legislators to reimburse the Ports Authority for his trip expenses, nearly $1,500.[24]

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References

  1. Washington Post, "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  2. South Carolina Radio Network "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013
  3. South Carolina Republican Party Website "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 SC Votes "March 19 Special Primary Election" Accessed March 19, 2013
  5. Roll Call, "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  6. Salon.com "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Daily Caller "Write-in campaign launched for conservative alternative to Sanford in special election" Accessed April 26, 2013
  9. Facebook "Larry Grooms" Accessed April 26, 2013
  10. AP.org "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results" Accessed November 7, 2012
  11. South Carolina State Election Commission, Official Primary Results
  12. South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," accessed April 26, 2012
  13. South Carolina official election results for 2008
  14. Follow the Money's report on Grooms's 2008 campaign contributions
  15. followthemoney.org, "Grooms, Larry," accessed June 21, 2013
  16. CNN, "Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum," January 17, 2012
  17. Race 4 2012 "Perry Unveils Endorsements From 21 SC State Legislators," September 21, 2011
  18. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  19. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012, 2012
  20. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012, 2012
  21. Ports Authority Spends 29K on Panama Trip, The Nerve, January 26, 2011
  22. Ports Authority Spends 29K on Panama Trip, The Nerve, January 26, 2011
  23. Ports Authority Spends 29K on Panama Trip, The Nerve, January 26, 2011
  24. Ports Authority Spends 29K on Panama Trip, The Nerve, January 26, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Dewitt Williams
South Carolina State Senate - District 37
1997–present
Succeeded by
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