Merita Ann Allison

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Merita Ann Allison
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South Carolina House District 36
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
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Merita Ann "Rita" Allison (b. February 19, 1940) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 1992, and was elected to her current tenure in 2008. From 1999 to 2000, she served as Assistant Majority Leader.

Biography

Allison attended the John Robert Powers School of Fashion Merchandising from 1962 to 1964. She is a Special Program Coordinator for Springs Industry, Lyman Complex. Allison was a member of the Spartanburg County District Five School Board from 1986 to 1992.

Allison served as Education Adviser for Governor Mark Sanford from 2003 to 2005, and as Legislative Adviser from 2006 to 2007.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means
Operations and Management

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Allison 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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Merita Ann Allison was unopposed in the Republican primary. Allison is unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

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

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRita Allison Incumbent 66.6% 7,308
     Republican Jim McMillan 33.1% 3,628
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 39
Total Votes 10,975

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Allison defeated Abe Mills in the June 8 Republican primary for District 36 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 2,719 to 1,036. Allison defeated in the general election on November 2.[5]

House of Representatives Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Merita Ann Allison (Incumbent) 2,719
Abe Mills 1,036
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 36 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rita Alliso (R) 5,012 61.50%
Jim McMillan (I) 3,119 38.27%
Write-In 19 0.23%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Allison won election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,816 votes, representing District 36. 

Allison raised $36,734 for her campaign.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 36 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Merita Ann Allison (R) 9,816

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Allison is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Allison raised a total of $286,618 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 30, 2013.[7]

Merita Ann Allison's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 36 Won $84,565
2010 South Carolina State House, District 36 Won $70,519
2008 South Carolina State House, District 36 Won $36,734
2000 South Carolina State House, District 36 Won $65,120
1998 South Carolina State House, District 36 Won $2,950
1996 South Carolina State House, District 36 Won $26,730
Grand Total Raised $286,618

2012

Allison won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Allison raised a total of $84,565.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Merita Ann Allison's campaign in 2012
House Republican Caucus$5,000
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough$1,500
Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce$1,000
Rose, Paula L$1,000
Bank of America$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$84,565
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Allison won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Allison raised a total of $70,519.

2008

Allison won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Allison raised a total of $36,734.

2000

Allison won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Allison raised a total of $65,120.

1998

Allison won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Allison raised a total of $2,950.

1996

Allison won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Allison raised a total of $26,730.

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.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

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 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records on bills that directly impacted the business climate and competitiveness of the state.

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

Merita Ann Allison received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 23rd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[14] Her score was followed by representatives Bruce Bannister (27%), Liston Barfield (27%), and Boyd Brown (27%).[15]

Personal

Allison and her husband, William, have one child.

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