James Clayborne

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James Clayborne
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Illinois State Senate District 57
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Leader
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolEast St. Louis Senior High School
Bachelor'sTennessee State University
J.D.University of Miami
Personal
BirthdayDecember 29, 1963
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James Clayborne is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 57 and serving as Majority Leader. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Biography

Clayborne earned his Bachelor's from Tennessee State and his J.D. from the University of Miami-Florida. His professional experience includes working as the State's Attorney for St. Clair County and a private practice attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Clayborne served on the following committees:[1]

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Executive
Executive Appointments
Insurance
Public Pensions & State Investments
Legislative Ethics Commission

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Clayborne served on these committees:[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent James Clayborne ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Katherine Ruocco (R), who filed to run on June 2, in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

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.[6][7][8][9]

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

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat James Clayborne won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 57 receiving 76,108 votes.[10]

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Clayborne is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Clayborne raised a total of $3,911,334 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[11]

James Clayborne's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Won $534,848
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Not up for election $420,087
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Won $1,055,519
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Won $733,513
2004 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Not up for election $400,290
2002 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Won $265,054
2000 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Won $286,371
1998 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Not up for election $87,538
1996 Illinois State Senate, District 57 Won $128,114
Grand Total Raised $3,911,334

2012

Clayborne won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $534,848.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Clayborne's campaign in 2012
Illinois Education Association$63,900
Rand, Timothy J$20,000
Ameren$16,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois$14,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers$13,000
Total Raised in 2012$534,848
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Clayborne was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $420,087.

2008

Clayborne won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $1,055,519.

2006

Clayborne won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $733,513.

2004

Clayborne was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $400,290.

2002

Clayborne won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $265,054.

2000

Clayborne won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $286,371.

1998

Clayborne was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $87,538.

1996

Clayborne won election to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Clayborne raised a total of $128,114.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[12]

2013

In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[13]

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."[14][15]

2012

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.[15]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Clayborne's endorsements include the following:[16]

  • Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC)

Personal

Clayborne has four sons. He lives in Belleville and is a member of Wesley Bethel Methodist Church.[17][18]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Illinois General Assembly, "Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr.," accessed February 22, 2014
  2. Illinois General Assembly, "List of Illinois Senate Committees," July 28, 2009
  3. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
  5. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  6. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed February 22, 2014
  8. Illinois State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary results," accessed February 22, 2014
  9. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
  10. followthemoney.org, "Illinois Senate election results for 2008," accessed February 22, 2014
  11. followthemoney.org, "Clayborne Jr. II, James F," accessed July 18, 2013
  12. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  13. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  14. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
  16. Windy City Media Group, "Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsements," January 17, 2014
  17. Illinois State Senate Majority Leader James F. Clayborne, Jr., "Biography," accessed February 22, 2014
  18. Project Vote Smart, "James Clayborne II's Biography," accessed February 22, 2014
Political offices
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Illinois Senate District 57
1995–present
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