James Smith, Jr.

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James Smith, Jr.
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South Carolina House District 72
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2012
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James Smith, Jr. (b. September 9, 1967) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 72.

Education

Smith earned his BA and JD from the University of South Carolina in 1990 and 1995, respectively.

Professional experience

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.

Political experience

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.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Vice Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith did not serve on any committees.

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[1]

2010

Smith ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 72 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Smith won unopposed in the general election on November 2[2].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 72 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Smith, Jr. (D) 6,552 98.70%
Write-In 86 1.30%

2008

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.[3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 72 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Smith, Jr. (D) 10,028

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, he collected $28,810 in donations.[4]

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
AT&T$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $28,810

2008

Smith raised $62,914 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[5]

Donor Amount
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina $2,000
19 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."[6]

2012

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.[7] His score was followed by representatives Lawrence Kit Spires (20%), McLain Toole (20%), Brian White (20%).[8]

Personal

Smith and his wife, Mary, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 72
1996–present
Succeeded by
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