Lester Branham, Jr.

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Lester Branham, Jr.
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South Carolina House District 61
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWake Forest University, 1955
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Lester P. Branham, Jr. (b. December 14, 1933) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 61. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Branham earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1955. He went on to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958. He is a retired Minister. Branham served as Member/Board Chairman of Florence County School District Three from 1979 to 1988.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Branham ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[1][2]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLester Branham, Jr. Incumbent 99.6% 10,574
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 42
Total Votes 10,616

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Branham defeated Billy Eaddy in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 61 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 779 to 526. Branham won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[3]

House of Representatives Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lester Branham (Incumbent) 779
Billy Eaddy 526
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 61 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lester Branham, Jr. (D) 6,408 99.38%
Write-In 40 0.62%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Branham won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,323 votes, representing District 61. 

Branham raised $2,008 for his campaign.[4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 61 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lester Branham (D) 9,323

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Branham is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Branham raised a total of $43,568 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[5]

Lester Branham, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $6,599
2010 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $23,949
2008 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $2,008
2006 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $5,550
2004 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $1,650
2002 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $3,812
Grand Total Raised $43,568

2012

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $6,599.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lester Branham, Jr.'s campaign in 2012
South Carolina Healthcare Association$1,000
Grand Strand Statewide PAC$1,000
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association$999
South Carolina Farm Bureau$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,599
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $23,949.

2008

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $2,008.

2006

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $5,550.

2004

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $1,650.

2002

Branham won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $3,812.

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."[6]

  • 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.[7] 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.[8] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[9] The legislature re-convened July 26.[10]

  • 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."[11]

2012

Lester Branham, Jr. received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 84th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[12] His score was followed by representatives Mia Butler Garrick (13%), William Clyburn, Sr. (13%), and Gilda Cobb-Hunter (13%).[13]

Personal

Branham and his wife, Dorothy, have two children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 61
2002–present
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