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Jimmy Bales

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Jimmy Bales
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South Carolina House District 80
Incumbent
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jimmy Bales (b. September 25, 1935) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 80.

Education

Bales earned his BA from Columbia College in 1960. He went on to receive his MA from East Tennessee State University in 1966. He then earned his EEd from the University of South Carolina in 1975.

Professional experience

Bales served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1956. He then worked as a Probation Officer for the Richland County Family Court from 1960 to 1963. He also worked as Director of Career Education/Teacher/Principal for Richland School District 1 from 1959 to 1960 and again from 1963 to 1991. He has also worked as a Residential Home Builder, Farmer, and Educator.

Political experience

Bales was Chairman of the Richland County Council from 1983 to 1984 and again in 1990. He also served on the Richland County Council from 1977 to 1984 and from 1986 to 1990. He joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 1999. He has served in that position since, representing the 80th District.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Operations and Management, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bales ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[1][2]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 80, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJimmy Bales Incumbent 98.9% 11,770
     Other Write-Ins 1.1% 131
Total Votes 11,901

2010

Bales defeated Neal Jones in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 80 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 1,840-1,201. Bales won unopposed in the general election on November 2[3].

House of Representatives Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Jimmy Bales(Incumbent) 1,840
Neal Jones 1,201
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 80 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Jimmy Bales (D) 8,363 99.02%
Write-In 83 0.98%

2008

On November 4, 2008 Bales won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 11,758 votes, representing District 80. 

Bales raised $70,839 for his campaign.[4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 80 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Jimmy Bales (D) 11,758

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bales is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Bales raised a total of $228,848 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[5]

Jimmy Bales's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $18,799
2010 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $43,373
2008 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $70,839
2006 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $34,901
2004 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $12,824
2002 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $4,702
2000 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $23,725
1998 South Carolina State House, District 80 Won $19,685
Grand Total Raised $228,848

2012

Bales won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $18,799.

2010

Bales won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $43,373.

2008

Bales won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $70,839.

2006

Bales won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $34,901.

2004

Bales won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $12,824.

2002

Bales won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $4,702.

2000

Bales won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $23,725.

1998

Bales won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Bales raised a total of $19,685.

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

Jimmy Bales received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 80th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[7] His score was followed by representatives Nathan Ballentine (13%), James Battle, Jr. (13%), and William Bowers (13%).[8]

Personal

Bales and his wife, Lynn, have five children.

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 80
1998–present
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