Alan D. Clemmons
|Alan D. Clemmons|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 107th district
2002 - Present
December 6, 1958 |
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
|Profession||Real Estate Attorney|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Clemmons was born in Myrtle Beach in 1958. From 1978 to 1980 Clemmons served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern Mexico. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Clemmons holds a bachelor's degree from Coastal Carolina University and a JD from Hamline University. Clemmons currently practices real estate law in Myrtle Beach.
Clemmons and his wife Laura Ann are the parents of two daughters.
Early political career
Clemmons was a member of the Horry County Planning Commission from 1996 to 1998. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000 and 2008, and was an alternate in 2004. He served as vice-chairman of the Horry County Republican Party from 1995 to 1997 and served as chairman from 1997 until 2000.
S.C. House of Representatives
Clemmons serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's Election Laws Subcommittee, putting him at the center on several items of note in the S.C. House of Representatives. His most significant accomplishments include writing South Carolina's Voter ID law. His work on the Voter ID law earned him the 2011 Terry Haskins Award from the South Carolina Republican Party.
In 2011 and 2012, Clemmons was also one of the chief architects of South Carolina's legislative and Congressional redistricting effort, securing the new Seventh Congressional District for the Pee Dee and Grand Strand area of South Carolina. Clemmons' position as a subcommittee chairman ensured he played a key role in working to secure federal approval for redistricting the South Carolina House and the Congressional plans.
Clemmons received the Terry Haskins Award again in 2012 for his work on issues important to the Republican Party Platform as well as for his work on the redistricting process.
Clemmons has also taken the lead in South Carolina on pro-Israel issues.
From 2004 until 2008, Clemmons served as Secretary-Treasurer of the S.C. House Republican Caucus. He was term-limited from seeking additional years in the position.
Among other pieces of legislation, Clemmons was the sponsor of the Rider Safety Act which emphasizes the responsibility of individuals to act responsibly on amusement park rides.
Clemmons entered the national spotlight during a case challenging whether a South Carolina Voter ID that law he worked on while in the House of Representatives violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act. During testimony in the proceeding, Clemmons stated that he responded to an e-mail from a man named Ed Koziol that said if the legislature offered a reward for identification cards, “it would be like a swarm of bees going after a watermelon” by e-mailing Koziol "Amen, Ed, thank you for your support.’”
- Voter ID effort earns Clemmons top state award
- Lawmakers Promote One State>
- About Us, National I-73/I-74/I-75 Corridor Association
- Cohen, Rebecca (2012-08-28). "S.C. lawmaker admits positive response to racist email on voter ID bill". McClatchy Newspapers. Retrieved 2012-08-28.