Raymond Cleary

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Raymond Cleary
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South Carolina State Senate District 34
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sOhio State University, 1970
OtherDDS, Ohio State University Dental School, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1973-1975
Personal
BirthdayAugust 13, 1948
Place of birthCincinnati, OH
ProfessionDentist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Raymond E. Cleary, III (b. August 13, 1948) is a Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 34. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Cleary earned his B.A. from Ohio State University in 1970. He went on to receive his D.D.S. from Ohio State University Dental School in 1973.

Cleary is the Founder/Chairman of Beach First National Bank. He has been a dentist for Dr. Raymond E. Cleary D.D.S. P.A., since 1975. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1973 to 1975.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
General
Education
Finance
Medical Affairs
Transportation
Invitations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Cleary ran unopposed in the June 12 Republican primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012, and Cleary ran unopposed.[1][2][3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond Cleary Incumbent 99.1% 38,928
     Other Write-Ins 0.9% 338
Total Votes 39,266

2008

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2008

Cleary won re-election for District 34 of the South Carolina State Senate with 39,527 votes, ahead of write-ins (254).[5]

He raised $199,092 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 34
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Raymond Cleary (R) 39,527
Write-ins 254

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cleary is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Cleary raised a total of $418,245 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[7]

Raymond Cleary's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 34 Won $135,609
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $36,063
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 34 Won $199,092
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $34,092
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 34 Won $13,389
Grand Total Raised $418,245

2012

Cleary won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cleary raised a total of $135,609.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Raymond Cleary's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Senate Rebublican Caucus Cmte$5,000
South Carolina Healthcare Association$2,000
South Carolina Optometric Association$2,000
South Carolina Hospital Association$2,000
Palmetto Leadership Council$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$135,609
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cleary was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cleary raised a total of $36,063.

2008

Cleary won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Cleary raised a total of $199,092.

2006

Cleary was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Cleary raised a total of $34,092.

2004

Cleary won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Cleary raised a total of $13,389.

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.

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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.

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

Raymond Cleary received a score of 24% in the 2012 score card, ranking 16th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[14] His score was followed by Senators Ronnie W. Cromer (24%), Larry Martin (24%), and Thomas Alexander (18%).[15]

Personal

Cleary and his wife, A. Lisa, have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Ravenal, Jr.
South Carolina State Senate - District 34
2004–present
Succeeded by
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