|Running for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|
|Date of primary||June 10, 2014|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|South Carolina House District 90|
|2008 - Present|
|November 10, 2014|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Profession||NAACP Regional Director|
- 1 Education
- 2 Professional experience
- 3 Political experience
- 4 Committee assignments
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Scorecards
- 9 Personal
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Sellers one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.
Sellers earned his BA from Morehouse College in 2005. He then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Sellers is the Southeastern Regional Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Sellers was a Congressional Intern with Congressman Jim Clyburn in 2003. He then served as a Mayoral Intern with Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2004. He currently serves in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 90th District.
Sellers has been highlighted by Time Magazine as one of the 40 leaders under 40 who are "rising stars of American politics.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sellers served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sellers served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2011|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sellers served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2009|
In April 2011, Sellers offered his thoughts on teacher performance-based pay to a Dutch Fork High class. Sellers said he's afraid that under new S.C. Department of Education Superintendent Mick Zais South Carolina teachers won't have input in the discussion.
Sellers is running for South Carolina Lieutenant Governor in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place November 4, 2014.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 90, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Bakari Sellers Incumbent||55.2%||8,301|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 90 (2010)|
|Bakari Sellers (D)||6,876||98.88%|
On November 4, 2008 Sellers won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,708 votes, representing District 90.
Sellers raised $25,515 for his campaign.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 90 (2008)|
|Bakari Sellers (D)||9,708|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Sellers was up for re-election, he collected $15,780 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bakari Sellers's campaign in 2010|
|Select Health Of South Carolina||$1,000|
|Eliatamby, Deepal S||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$15,780|
Sellers raised $25,515 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|8 different donors each donated:||$1,000|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
Bakari Sellers received a score of 7% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 121st out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Robert Williams (7%), Terry Alexander (0%), and Harold Mitchell, Jr. (0%).
Sellers is single.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. Bakari Sellers
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011
- The State, "Sellers to run for lieutenant governor," June 4, 2014
- WISTV.com, "Bakari Sellers forms committee for lt. gov. run," June 6, 2013
- Time Magazine "40 under 40" October 2010
- "Sellers on Teacher-Merit Pay," The Nerve, April 19, 2011
- The Post and Courier, "S.C. lieutenant governor’s race could heat up soon," May 8, 2013
- AP.org "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results" Accessed November 7, 2012
- South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 24, 2012
- South Carolina general election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Campaign contributors to Bakari Sellers
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records"
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Scorecard 2012, 2012
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, 2012
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