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Mark Hammond
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South Carolina Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
January 2003 - present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Miles (R)
Compensation
Base salary$92,007
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$295,469
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Spartanburg County Clerk of Court
1996-2002
Education
High schoolDorman High School
Bachelor'sNewberry College (1986)
Master'sClemson University (1988)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 29, 1963
Place of birthLancaster, SC
ReligionUnited Methodist Church
Websites
Office website
Mark Hammond (born November 29, 1963, in Lancaster, South Carolina) is the 41st and current South Carolina Secretary of State. A Republican, he was first elected to the statewide position in 2002 and has been subsequently re-elected to the office in 2006 and 2010.[1] In the 2010 race, Hammond easily defeated retired public relations executive Marjorie Johnson (D), taking 60.9 percent of the vote.[2]

Hammond's main objective during his third term is to increase the protections of charitable donors. Among the achievements he lists since taking office is initiating reforms targeting charity and telemarketing abuses, offering businesses the ability to register and apply for state licenses online, increasing search capabilities of information online, and continuing the Scrooges and Angels list of charities outlining how much each organization actually gives to their cause.[1]

Hammond is running for re-election in the 2014 elections.[3]

Hammond previously served as Spartanburg County's Clerk of Court. He was elected to the position in 1996 and served through 2002.[1]

Biography

Shortly after graduating, Hammond took up the position of juvenile probation officer for the South Carolina Department of Youth Services. From 1990 to 1996, he served as a criminal investigator for the Spartanburg County, South Carolina-based 7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.[1]

Hammond was elected in 1996 as the Clerk of Courts for the county of Spartanburg, the first time a Republican had held the position since Reconstruction. He was re-elected to the same office in 2000.[1]

He has also served in the following roles:

Education

  • Graduated from Dorman High School
  • Bachelor's degree, Newberry College (1986) in political science
  • Master's degree, Clemson University (1988) in education

Political career

South Carolina Secretary of State (2003-Present)

Hammond was first elected to the statewide position in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected to the office in 2006 and 2010.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina secretary of state election, 2014

Hammond is running for re-election in the 2014 elections.[3] Hammond won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2010

See also: South Carolina Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
  • Mark Hammond ran unopposed in this contest

On November 2, 2010, Mark Hammond won re-election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Marjorie Johnson in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 60.9% 805,783
     Democratic Marjorie Johnson 39% 516,414
     Write-In Various 0% 638
Total Votes 1,322,835
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Mark Hammond 58.8%
     Republican Party Bill McKown 41.2%
Total Votes 212,760

On November 7, 2006, Mark Hammond won re-election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Cheryl L. Footman in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 61.2% 656,661
     Democratic Cheryl L. Footman 38.7% 415,211
     Write-In Various 0% 473
Total Votes 1,072,345
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

2002

2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Mark Hammond 38.9%[5]
     Republican Party Ed McMullen 33.8%
     Republican Party Lois Eargle 27.3%
Total Votes 284,981
2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary Run-Off
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Mark Hammond 54.8%
     Republican Party Ed McMullen 45.2%
Total Votes 277,509

On November 5, 2002, Mark Hammond won election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Rick C. Wade in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond 56.8% 610,799
     Democratic Rick C. Wade 43.1% 463,501
     Write-In Various 0% 291
Total Votes 1,074,591
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hammond is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Hammond raised a total of $295,469 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2013.[6]

Mark Hammond's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 SC Secretary of State Not up for election $741
2010 SC Secretary of State Won $42,600
2008 SC Secretary of State Not up for election $5,000
2006 SC Secretary of State Won $151,337
2004 SC Secretary of State Not up for election $18,102
2002 SC Secretary of State Won $77,689
Grand Total Raised $295,469

2002-2010

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Personal

Mark Hammond currently resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his wife, Ginny, and their three children. He is a practicing Methodist.[8]

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Contact information

Street Address:
Edgar Brown Building
1205 Pendleton Street
Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

South Carolina

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 11350
Columbia, SC 29211

Phone: (803) 734-2170
Fax: (803) 734-1661
E-mail: rdaggerhart@sos.sc.gov

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Political offices
Preceded by
James M. Miles
South Carolina Secretary of State
2003–present
Succeeded by
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