James Smith, Jr.
|James Smith, Jr.|
|South Carolina House District 72|
|1996 - Present|
|November 8, 2012|
|Years in position||17|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
- 1 Education
- 2 Professional experience
- 3 Political experience
- 4 Committee assignments
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Smith earned his BA and JD from the University of South Carolina in 1990 and 1995, respectively.
Smith was an Attorney/Associate of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, Limited Liability Partnership from 1995 to 1996. He then worked for James E. Smith, Jr, PA from 1996 to 2000. From 1998 to 2003, he served in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a Captain. He has served in the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army Reserve as a First Lieutenant since 1996. Smith has also been an Attorney Shareholder for Smith Ellis and Stuckey, PA since 2000. He has also served in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a Sergeant since 2003.
Smith was Legislative Aide/Campaign Director for State Representatives Timothy Rogers from 1987 to 1994. He then joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 1997. He has served in that position since, representing the 72nd District.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Judiciary, Vice Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith did not serve on any committees.
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2009|
Smith ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 72 (2010)|
|James Smith, Jr. (D)||6,552||98.70%|
On November 4, 2008 Smith won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 10,028 votes, representing District 72.
Smith raised $62,914 for his campaign.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 72 (2008)|
|James Smith, Jr. (D)||10,028|
In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, he collected $28,810 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to James Smith, Jr.'s campaign in 2010|
|Carolinas Associated General Contractors||$1,000|
|South Carolina Trucking Association||$1,000|
|Ltfd Management Co||$1,000|
|Michelin North America||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$28,810|
Smith raised $62,914 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina||$2,000|
|19 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 E. Smith, Jr. received a score of 20% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 72nd out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Lawrence Kit Spires (20%), McLain Toole (20%), Brian White (20%).
Smith and his wife, Mary, have four children.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. James Smith, Jr.
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- 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 Smith
- 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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