Marlon Kimpson

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Marlon Kimpson
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South Carolina State Senate, District 42
In office
October 7 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
First electedOctober 1, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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Marlon E. Kimpson is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 42. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on October 1, 2013.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Kimpson served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Corrections and Penology
Fish, Game and Forestry


Pay for college basketball and football players

In advance of the 2014 legislative session, Kimpson filed a bill in the South Carolina State Senate requiring Clemson University and the University of South Carolina (SC) to pay its basketball and football players on the basis that they are the main revenue-producing sports at both universities. "It's time for the 21st Century athlete to be compensated for the risk of injury, which could result in a loss of career, and the substantial revenues that they generate for the colleges and universities," State Senator Kimpson told reporters. Kimpson's proposed law would require that players be paid $2,500 per semester. The figure is based on work-study job paid at $7.50 per hour for 20 hours per week. Additionally, each student athlete would have a trust fund set up in their name that would be released to the student only if they take a financial literacy course and graduate from the university. The trust fund include $5,000 per year and up to $25,000 in total for an athlete who is at the school for five years, with his first year as a redshirt. Steve Spurrier, head coach of the SC football team, has publicly supported paying student athletes.[1]



See also: South Carolina state legislative special elections, 2013

Kimpson won election in a special election for South Carolina State Senate District 42. The seat was vacant following Sen. Robert Ford's (D) resignation on May 31, 2013, amidst an ethics investigation. Kimpson advanced to a primary runoff with Maurice Washington, defeating Herbert S. Fielding, Margaret Rush and Bob Thompson in the August 13 Democratic primary. Kimpson defeated Washington in the runoff on August 27. Kimpson defeated Billy Shuman (R), Alex Thornton (L) in the special election, which took place on October 1.[2][3][4][5][6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 42, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarlon Kimpson 79.6% 6,255
     Republican Billy Shuman 19% 1,496
     Libertarian Alex Thornton 1.2% 98
     Libertarian Rodney Travis (Write-in) 0.1% 5
Total Votes 7,854


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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."[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Ford (D)
South Carolina State Senate - District 42
October 2013-Present
Succeeded by