|South Carolina House District 99|
|2000 - Present|
|November 10, 2014|
|Years in position||15|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
- 1 Education
- 2 Professional experience
- 3 Political experience
- 4 Committee assignments
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Scorecards
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Merrill earned his BA and MPA from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and 1992, respectively.
Merrill has worked as a public relations consultant and owner of Geechie Communications since 1994.
Merrill served as press secretary for Congressman Floyd Spence from 1989 to 1992. In 1994, he was district administrator for Congressman Mark Sanford. He also worked as political director of the South Carolina Republican Party from 1992 to 1998. Merril joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 2001 and has served in that position since. In 2004, he served as Majority Leader. He currently serves as Majority Caucus Whip and represents the 99th District.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Merrill served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Merrill served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Merrill served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Ways and Means|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||James Merrill Incumbent||99.2%||12,968|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99 (2010)|
|James Merrill (R)||8,264||99.37%|
On November 4, 2008 Merrill won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 11,294 votes, representing District 99.
Merrill raised $33,151 for his campaign.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99 (2008)|
|James Merrill (R)||11,294|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Merrill was up for re-election, he collected $22,500 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to James Merrill's campaign in 2010|
|4220 Broadway LLC||$1,000|
|Grand Strand Restaurant PAC||$1,000|
|JM Family Enterprises||$1,000|
|Carolina Commerce Fund||$1,000|
|Select Health Of South Carolina||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$22,500|
Merrill raised $33,151 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|South Carolina Trucking Association||$2,000|
|South Carolina Optometric Association||$1,300|
|17 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."
James Merrill received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 97th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Elizabeth Munnerlyn (13%), Denny Neilson (13%), and Harry Ott, Jr. (13%).
Merrill and his wife, Noel, have three children.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. James Merrill
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- Newt Gingrich 2012, "South Carolina Legislative Endorsements For Newt Gingrich," January 20, 2012
- Washington Post "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
- 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 James Merrill
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, 2012
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 99
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