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James Merrill

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James Merrill
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South Carolina House District 99
Incumbent
In office
2000 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 14
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James "Jimmy" Merrill (b. January 15, 1967) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 99.

Education

Merrill earned his BA and MPA from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

Professional experience

Merrill has worked as a public relations consultant and owner of Geechie Communications since 1994.

Political experience

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.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

James Merrill endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Elections

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2013

Merrill was rumored to be a candidate to fill the vacancy left by Tim Scott, but did not file to run.[2]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Merrill ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[3][4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Merrill Incumbent 99.2% 12,968
     Other Write-Ins 0.8% 106
Total Votes 13,074

2010

Merrill ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 99 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Merrill won unopposed in the general election on November 2[5].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png James Merrill (R) 8,264 99.37%
Write-In 52 0.63%

2008

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.[6]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 99 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png James Merrill (R) 11,294

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, a year in which Merrill was up for re-election, he collected $22,500 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

2008

Merrill raised $33,151 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
South Carolina Trucking Association $2,000
Walmart $1,500
South Carolina Optometric Association $1,300
17 different donors each donated: $1,000

Scorecards

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."[9]

2012

James Merrill received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 97th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[10] His score was followed by representatives Elizabeth Munnerlyn (13%), Denny Neilson (13%), and Harry Ott, Jr. (13%).[11]

Personal

Merrill and his wife, Noel, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 99
2000–present
Succeeded by
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