John Matthews

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John Matthews
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South Carolina State Senate District 39
Incumbent
In office
1984-Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 30
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1975-1984
Personal
BirthdayApril 21, 1940
Place of birthBowman, SC
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Matthews (b. April 21, 1940) has been a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate since 1984, representing the 39th district.

Matthews served in the South Carolina State House from 1975 to 1984. He joined the South Carolina State Senate in 1984. He has served in that position since, representing the 39th district.

Matthews used to be a farmer. Matthews is a retired Elementary School Principal. He is currently a businessman.

Matthews attended South Carolina State College. He went on to attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical from 1970 to 1971. In 1972 he attended Lincoln Electrical Institute.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Fish, Game and Forestry
Banking and Insurance
Judiciary
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

I-95 Corridor Authority

Matthews sponsored a bill, S. 211, aims to create the “I-95 Corridor Authority.” The authority would be an effort to bring new businesses to poor counties along Interstate 95.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the House in May 2011 and was returned to the Senate, which will decide whether to concur with the House version.[1]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Matthews ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2] [3][4]

South Carolina State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Matthews Incumbent 99.1% 35,945
     Other Write-Ins 0.9% 315
Total Votes 36,260

2008

Matthews won re-election for District 39 of the South Carolina State Senate with 30,511 votes, ahead of write-ins (142).[5]

He raised $46,229 for his campaign.[6]

South Carolina State Senate, District 39
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Matthews (D) 30,511
Write-ins 142

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Matthews is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Matthews raised a total of $222,773 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[7]

John Matthews's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $31,299
2010 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $19,870
2008 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $52,492
2006 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $29,575
2004 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $49,885
2002 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $880
2000 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $34,322
1996 South Carolina State Senate, District 39 Won $4,450
Grand Total Raised $222,773

2012

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $31,299.
South Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Matthews's campaign in 2012
Scana Corp$1,000
Calcote, Thomas$1,000
Titlemax Management$1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield$1,000
Childs & Halligan$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$31,299
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Matthews was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $19,870.

2008

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $52,492.

2006

Matthews was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $29,575.

2004

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $49,885.

2002

Matthews was not up for election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $880.

2000

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $34,322.

1996

Matthews won re-election to the South Carolina State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Matthews raised a total of $4,450.

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."[8]

2012

John Matthews received a score of 6% in the 2012 score card, ranking 36th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[9] His score was followed by Senators Glenn McConnell (*), Floyd Nicholson (6%), and John L. Scott, Jr. (6%).[10]

Personal

Matthews and his wife Geraldine have five children.

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Political offices
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South Carolina State Senate - District 39
1984–present
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