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Lester Branham, Jr.

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Lester Branham, Jr.
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South Carolina House District 61
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Lester P. Branham, Jr. (b. December 14, 1933) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 61.

Education

Branham earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1955. He went on to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958.

Professional experience

Branham is a retired Minister.

Political experience

Branham served as Member/Board Chairman of Florence County School District Three from 1979 to 1988. He then joined the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 2003. He has served in that position since, representing the 61st.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Education and Public Works

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Branham 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 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLester Branham, Jr. Incumbent 99.6% 10,574
     Other Write-Ins 0.4% 42
Total Votes 10,616

2010

Branham defeated Billy Eaddy in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 61 of the South Carolina House of Representatives by a margin of 779-526. Branham won unopposed in the general election on November 2[3].

House of Representatives Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lester Branham (Incumbent) 779
Billy Eaddy 526
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 61 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lester Branham, Jr. (D) 6,408 99.38%
Write-In 40 0.62%

2008

On November 4, 2008 Branham won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,323 votes, representing District 61. 

Branham raised $2,008 for his campaign.[4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 61 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lester Branham (D) 9,323

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Branham is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Branham raised a total of $43,568 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[5]

Lester Branham, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $6,599
2010 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $23,949
2008 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $2,008
2006 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $5,550
2004 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $1,650
2002 South Carolina State House, District 61 Won $3,812
Grand Total Raised $43,568

2012

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $6,599.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lester Branham, Jr.'s campaign in 2012
South Carolina Health Care Association$1,000
Grand Strand Statewide Pac$1,000
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association$999
South Carolina Farm Bureau$500
Total Raised in 2012$6,599
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $23,949.

2008

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $2,008.

2006

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $5,550.

2004

Branham won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $1,650.

2002

Branham won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Branham raised a total of $3,812.

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

Lester Branham, Jr. received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 84th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[7] His score was followed by representatives Mia Butler Garrick (13%), William Clyburn, Sr. (13%), and Gilda Cobb-Hunter (13%).[8]

Personal

Branham and his wife, Dorothy, have two children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 61
2002–present
Succeeded by
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