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Leon Howard

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Leon Howard
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South Carolina House District 76
Incumbent
In office
1994 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 20
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sMidlands Technical College
Personal
ProfessionAutomotive Businessman
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Leon Howard is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 76. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Biography

Howard received numerous certificates for advanced studies in Automotive/Computer Technology. He also attended the General Motors Automotive Training Center. He received his A.D. from Midlands Technical College. Howard is the President of Howard's Garage, Paint and Body Shop, and Wrecker Service. Howard is the Chair of the Board of School Commissioners for Richland County School District One.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Howard ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 76, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeon Howard Incumbent 78.7% 12,172
     Republican Chuck Hill 21.2% 3,282
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 11
Total Votes 15,465


2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Howard ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 76 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Howard defeated Victor Kocher (L) in the general election on November 2.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 76 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leon Howard (D) 8,951 87.85%
Victor Kocher (L) 1,220 11.97%
Write-In 18 0.18%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Howard won re-election to the 76th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Victor Kocher (L).

Howard raised $18,750 for his campaign, while Kocher raised $1,395.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 76 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Leon Howard (D) 12,810
Victor Kocher (L) 1,335

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Howard is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Howard raised a total of $135,516 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[7]

Leon Howard's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $38,208
2010 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $22,250
2008 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $18,750
2006 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $11,500
2004 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $13,512
2002 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $3,050
2000 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $10,028
1998 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $6,523
1996 South Carolina State House, District 76 Won $11,695
Grand Total Raised $135,516

2012

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $38,208.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Leon Howard's campaign in 2012
Scana Corp$2,000
South Carolina Dental Association$1,500
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology$1,000
South Carolina Orthopaedic Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$38,208
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $22,250.

2008

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $18,750.

2006

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $11,500.

2004

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $13,512.

2002

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $3,050.

2000

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $10,028.

1998

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $6,523.

1996

Howard won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $11,695.

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.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

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.
  • Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, monitors the voting records of North Carolina’s state legislators on key environmental issues.
  • 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.

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 environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • 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.

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

Leon Howard received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 94th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[14] His score was followed by representatives Kevin Johnson (13%), Walton McLeod (13%), and James Merrill (13%).[15]

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