James Smith (South Carolina)

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James Smith
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South Carolina House District 84
Incumbent
In office
1988 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 26
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1952-1954
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James Roland Smith (b. February 26, 1933) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 84. He was first elected to the chamber in 1988.

In July of 1993, Smith switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

Biography

Smith earned his D.D. from Universal Bible Institute. He continued his education at Oral Roberts University and the University of South Carolina, Aiken. Smith worked for the United States Post Office from 1966 to 1986. From 1960 to 1998, he was a Church Pastor. He also owned a business from 1969 to 2006.

Smith has served on the Beech Island Rural Commission Water District and the Aiken County Board of Education.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1954.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Invitations and Memorial Resolutions
Ways and Means, Vice Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on the following 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 Republican primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[1][2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 84, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Smith Incumbent 98.3% 10,849
     Other Write-Ins 1.7% 189
Total Votes 11,038

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith defeated Susan Swanson in the June 8 Republican primary for District 84 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 1,818-703. Smith won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2[4].

House of Representatives Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Smith (Incumbent) 1,818
Susan Swanson 703
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 84 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Smith (R) 7,054 98.92%
Write-In 77 1.08%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Smith won re-election to the 84th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating W. Russell Curry (D).

Smith raised $43,923 for his campaign, while Curry raised $4,474.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 84 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Smith (R) 8,875
W Russell Curry (D) 4,983

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $207,854 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[6]

James Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $6,545
2010 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $25,973
2008 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $43,923
2006 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $28,017
2004 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $9,903
2002 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $23,926
2000 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $29,170
1998 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $7,897
1996 South Carolina State House, District 84 Won $32,500
Grand Total Raised $207,854

2012

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $6,545.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Smith (South Carolina)'s campaign in 2012
South Carolina Leadership PAC$1,000
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC Accounts Payable Disbursements$1,000
Uhs of Delaware Inc$1,000
Palmetto Leadership Council$1,000
South Carolina Atate Farm Agents & Associates Political Committeeinc$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,545
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $25,973.

2008

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $43,923.

2006

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $28,017.

2004

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $9,903.

2002

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $23,926.

2000

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $29,170.

1998

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $7,897.

1996

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $32,500.

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."[7]

2012

J. Roland Smith received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 44th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[8] His score was followed by representatives Mike Sottile (27%), Eddie Tallon (27%), and Anne Thayer (27%).[9]

Personal

Smith and his wife, Peggy, have three children.

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1988–present
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