Rep. Alan Clemmons: First winner of Election 2012


One of the biggest victories in South Carolina's elections were won long before votes were cast by Myrtle Beach Rep. Alan Clemmons. Overseeing the redistricting process in the House, his work played a key role for the state GOP's strong showing on election night.

As Chair of House Judiciary Committee's Election Laws subcommittee, Clemmons was the key driver of the hotly-contested effort to place the state's new Seventh Congressional District in the Pee Dee region. While some felt the House plan for the new district, which restored the Pee Dee's long-time congressional district which had been erased in the 1991 redistricting, would give Democrats a chance to pull off an upset win, the race ended up giving Republican Tom Rice a twelve-point victory. 

But the Congressional race wasn't the only slam-dunk scored with the maps that came out of Clemmons' subcommittee. The GOP grew its already-sizable majority in the State House by two seats and put on a strong performance in several other districts in areas where Democrats generally held the upper hand:


  • Republicans won one rural traditionally-Democratic seat in Abbeville County and came within striking distance of winning in three other rural House districts.
  • Of the four seats which were dissolved and relocated in the redistricting process, two were held by Democrats and two by Republicans. On election night, the GOP took all four.
  • The GOP lost one seat in predominantly-Democratic Richland County while holding onto another.


Clemmons, who also served as a former GOP Chair in Horry County, was modest about his role in the process:

In the end the plan came together, not because of me, but, because of a dynamic and united House Republican Caucus, a staff that is unsurpassed and a citizenry who locked arms in support of the Pee Dee congressional seat. It is to all my partners who deserve the credit for passage of the redistricting plans for Congress and the State House that, while favoring Republicans, garnered pre-clearance from the Justice Department and approval by the Supreme Court.

Having passed up on an opportunity to run for the Seventh District seat, Clemmons spent much of the summer and fall in Washington and elsewhere on two key GOP election law priorities: redistricting and Voter ID legislation, both of which were successful.

No word on what he'll be up to next year.

15 Response to "Rep. Alan Clemmons: First winner of Election 2012 "

  1. Lin Bennett 26/11/12 10:44
    Representative Clemmons is a great leader in the community and our State. He has vision and character. He works tirelessly for the “right” things to get done in the General Assembly and for that he deserves much praise. Thanks, Earl, for taking the time in your blog posts to notice how hard he has worked to make SC a great state and his willingness to stand up for all of us.
  2. Anonymous 26/11/12 19:59
    The same Alan Clemmons who testified he said "amen" in a "poorly considered" response to a questionably racist email communication during Federal Grand Jury questioning? Is this the same Alan Clemmons who traveled to Israel with a representative of a designated hate-group, as he was led around by his nose by them and met carefully selected politicians? The same Alan Clemmons who drafted a resolution (passed by the House) blindly supporting Israel's occupation of areas outside it's legal borders and essentially rejecting international negotiations for a two state solution and thereby sticking their nose into delicate international affairs and then he became upset when the UN discussed sending observers to the US elections?
  3. Alan Clemmons 26/11/12 22:09
    Thank you, Earl and Lin; you are too kind! Just remember that the redistricting process was a large team victory, on which you both played very significant roles! I do love it, though, when a plan comes together!

    As to Anonymous, I never respond to cowardly anonymous blog posts, but I'm going to break my own rule because I recognize the hate-filled style. Blogland, meet Larry! He's my own personal internet stalker. Larry hates. He hates me. He hates conservatives. He hates my friends. He hates that I unfriended him on Facebook because of his hateful comments! I think that Larry hates most my Christian embrace of the biblical principle that God made a covenant with the Jewish world that they would have, as an eternal inheritance, certain lands which include Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem (Israel's heartland). Larry bristles at the fact that I'm not alone in my faith in taking God at His word. You see, the resolution that he refers to wasn't just passed in the SC House, it passed without objection! The Florida legislature picked up on the resolution, where it again passed unanimously! The SC Stand With Israel Resolution garnered significant positive attention in Israel. So much so, that I was honored to accept an invitation from the Israeli Knesset to speak to the inaugural meeting of the Knesset Caucus Against Antisemitism. Larry mentions "carefully selected" Israeli politicians. They include, but are not limited to, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who directly thanked me, and South Carolina, for our strong support of Israel. I'll leave it to God and Israel to decide what should become of Israel's God-given land!

    Larry you're going to hate me more for this, but I believe the biblical principle that God blesses those who bless Israel. So, as much as you want to denigrate me, my motivations and allegiances, just know this about me; I have a fairly simple credo to which I hold firm: I love God, I love my family, I love America, I love South Carolina, I love truth and freedom, and I STAND WITH ISRAEL (and that means all of Israel)! Period.
  4. Alan Clemmons 26/11/12 22:18
    Oh, and Larry, I've never been before a Federal Grand Jury. I did testify this summer in the South Carolina Voter ID Federal trial. It was at this trial that our Voter ID legislation, which I was pleased to author, was upheld. (You problably hate me for this, too!)

    I know your visceral reaction is going to be to post more half-truth and innuendo. That is your right (if the blog-master says you can). Just know that you've now got your one life-time response from me!

    Live long (in Tampa, please) and prosper, Larry,

    Bless your heart!

    Alan
  5. Lisa Pereira 26/11/12 23:11
    Dear Anonymous.
    Not everyone is perfect and given the sheer numbers of emails elected officials get daily sometimes you say the wrong thing. Possibly (I dont know what he was thinking) he skimmed, gave a one word response and moved on. But one thing is true at least Alan Clemmons is man enough to own his words- even when they are wrong. Very much unlike slinging hate filled invectives anonymously across the webz. It reminds me of monkeys slinging feces at the zoo. People look at it but no one takes it seriously and eventually there is only so much monkeys slinging shit you can watch before it bores and one moves on.
  6. Anonymous 26/11/12 23:22
    Wow, I always thought Alan to be a really nice guy and a generous supporter of Republican candidates and causes. Maybe this angry guy thinks his words can blot out Alan's record, but I hate to tell him it won't work.

    Alan scored a good deal with his map work, as did McConnell over in the Senate. Republicans didn't have a serious challenge for any of their Senate seats and blew away the two active challengers. Whenever Reese and Setzler move on, Republicans will take those seats and maybe one day seats held by Nicholson, McElveen and Sheheen. Both of these guys laid down solid maps that were the first maps since 1981 to get passed without vetos or messy lawsuits and Earl was right to give credit for this accomplishment.
  7. Amos Pressley 26/11/12 23:30
    It is always good to hear when Alan Clemmons is doing well. He is the kind of guy we need more of in government.

    Anonymous Larry, on the other hand... well, what can one say? Besides his need to "grow a pair" and identify himself, Anonymous needs to understand how silly his accusations are to anyone who actually knows the people he is calling a "designated hate group." The idea of calling Jeremy and Ari, Yishai and David a "hate group is just too ridiculous for words! I think Larry should go live in Gaza for a while, or for that matter any of the areas of Israel who are designated as "A" areas under Arab rule with no Jews allowed. If he lived through it, he would have a better idea of what a "hate group" is in Israel.

    I can only hope that when Anonymous reaps what he has sown, he will have the good sense to to bow his head and acknowledge that God is righteous.
  8. Amos Pressley 26/11/12 23:33
    It is always good to hear when Alan Clemmons is doing well. He is the kind of guy we need more of in government.

    Anonymous Larry, on the other hand... well, what can one say? Besides his need to "grow a pair" and identify himself, Anonymous needs to understand how silly his accusations are to anyone who actually knows the people he is calling a "designated hate group." The idea of calling Jeremy and Ari, Yishai and David a "hate group is just too ridiculous for words! I think Larry should go live in Gaza for a while, or for that matter any of the areas of Israel who are designated as "A" areas under Arab rule with no Jews allowed. If he lived through it, he would have a better idea of what a "hate group" is in Israel.

    I can only hope that when Anonymous reaps what he has sown, he will have the good sense to to bow his head and acknowledge that God is righteous.
  9. David 27/11/12 00:24
    Excuse me, "Anonymous"? We'll just scoot past the fact that you don't have the stones to sign your name to your post.

    He met "carefully selected politicans" on his visit to Israel? He met the Prime Minister, for heaven's sake! Regardless, his resolution was, as Alan noted above, passed unanimously, and has served as a model for other states. You seem to be throwing stuff up, intending them as insults, when they are, instead, reasons to champion him.

    You should keep trying, though. Maybe soon, you'll be able to both make a point that isn't silly AND sign your name to it!
  10. Truth Speaker 27/11/12 01:10
    Leave it to a democrat to critisize an individuals efforts to unwaveringly support Isreal and maintaining/protecting the integrity of the voting system. All you needed to do "anonymous" was critisize Alan for including God is his comments and you would have covered all of the ammendments that the democratic party "forgot" to include in its platform.

    Of course this all could have been avoided if instead of calling yourself "anonymous" you just went ahead and called yourself "imanass".

    It's a more fitting name because clearly people know who you are.

  11. Anonymous 27/11/12 01:31
    Pay this anonymous guy no attention. Alan Clemmons is one of the best public officials in the state of SC. The people of SC are noticing him.
  12. Dov 27/11/12 02:01
    To anonymous and anyone else reading this thread. I live in Israel and can say that Alan has shown nothing other than love for the people of Israel. We appreciate his support over here and view him as a good friend. I have not seen any "hate" in this man and look forward to a continued relationship with someone who actually sees peace as his ultimate goal.
  13. Stuart Kaufman 27/11/12 17:52
    I am the "hater" who had the privilege of accompanying Alan to Israel.
    My name is S-T-U-A-R-T K-A-U-F-M-A-N (no anonymity here).

    Anonymous Larry is a self-hating jew with whom I have had several "dialogues" in the past.

    Alan Clemmons is one of the finest people I have ever had the honor of knowing in my 68 years on the planet. He is a true mentsch (look it up).

    The people of Myrtle Beach are incredibly fortunate to have Alan Clemmons as their representative, and the vast majority of them know it.

    I am proud to call Alan Clemmons my dear friend, and I am honored that he considers me the same.
  14. Jack Lipsky 27/11/12 21:24
    I have known Stuart Kaufman for over 20 years. He sat in front of me in our Schul (Synagogue). Stu loves the United States, Israel and is a true supporter of the United States Constitution. In all my years of knowing Stu, the word "hater" would be the last one to describe him. Great Neck misses Stu and South Carolina is lucky to have a "Northern" mentsch. Our loss is your gain. Any friend of Stu's, I would be proud to call my frien

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