Representative James Emerson Smith, Jr.'s Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: James Emerson Smith, Jr.
Current Office: State House - District 72, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 4 Children: James Emerson III, Thomas Bridges, Paul Bradford, Shannon Elizabeth
Birth Date: 09/09/1967
Birth Place: Columbia, SC
Home City: Columbia, SC
Religion: Episcopal
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2013 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 69% 2012 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 30 2012 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 53% 2011-2012 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50% 2011 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 41 2011 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 86% 2010 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 45.7 2009-2010 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2009 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 83% 2008 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 35.53 2008 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 100 2006 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 40.62 2005-2006 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 56% 2005-2006 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 13 2005 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - Positions 54% 2003-2004 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 20% 2003 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 55% 2001-2002 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 84% 2001-2002 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 50% 1997-1998 South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee - Positions 47% 1997-1998 South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 60%

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