James Clayborne

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James Clayborne
James Clayborne.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 57
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 20
Majority Leader
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolEast St. Louis Senior High School
Bachelor'sTennessee State University
J.D.University of Miami
Date of birthDecember 29, 1963
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri
Office website
James Clayborne is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. Clayborne has served in the Illinois Senate since 1995 and currently serves as the Majority Leader. Clayborne was re-elected in November of 2008 with his term expiring in 2013. Before becoming a Senator, Clayborne was the State's Attorney for St. Clair County and a private practice Attorney.

Clayborne graduated from Tennessee State with his Bachelor's degree and from Miami-Florida Law with his Juris Doctor degree.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Clayborne served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Clayborne served on these committees:



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Clayborne won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 57. Clayborne defeated Wyatt Frazer in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Dave Barnes (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 57, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Clayborne Incumbent 60% 54,596
     Republican Dave Barnes 40% 36,343
Total Votes 90,939

Illinois State Senate, District 57 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Clayborne Incumbent 75.9% 10,568
Wyatt Frazer 24.1% 3,349
Total Votes 13,917


On November 4, 2008, Democrat James Clayborne won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 57 receiving 76,108 votes.[6]

Illinois State Senate, District 57 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Clayborne (D) 76,108

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Clayborne collected $1,055,519 in donations.[7]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Education Association $50,000
Ameren $35,084
Casino Queen $28,688
AFSCME Illinois Council 31 $20,800
Dynegy Inc. $18,500
Illinois State Dental Society $16,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $15,500
Southern Wine & Spirits $15,500
AT&T $14,000
Wood Glen Pavilion $12,500
Bluestar Energy Services $12,500
Nicor Gas $12,035
Comed $12,000
Kings Food Phillips of Illinois Inc. $11,000
Illinois Credit Union League $10,042
Illinois State Medical Society $10,000
Chicago Federation of Labor & Industrial Union Council $10,000
Illinois Realtors Association $8,500
Capitol Care Center $8,500
Illinois Federation of Teachers $8,500


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[8][9]


Clayborne received a score of 0.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the lowest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[9]

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District 57

Haine represents Illinois Senate District 57. District 57 includes the St. Louis Area suburbs in Illinois including Belleville and East St. Louis[10].


James is married to Stacy Clayborne. They have two children and reside in Belleville, Illinois.

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Illinois Senate District 57
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