U.S. Representative (SC-5)

Next Election

Nov 06, 2018

Filing Window

Apr 15, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018


There are 435 U.S. Representatives in the United States that comprise the House of Representatives, otherwise known as the United States Congress. U.S. Representatives are responsible for drafting and voting on federal laws for the United States. The work of preparing and considering legislation is done by standing congressional committees, and in addition there are special committees as well as joint committees (committees with U.S. Representatives and Senators). Federal funding bills originate in the House of Representative, and the House of Representatives is responsible for carrying out impeachment proceedings. Congressional bills, after having been passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, must be signed by the president of the United States within 10 days of their submission, or they become law automatically, unless Congress is not in session. If vetoed by the president, a bill may become law only by its repassage by a two-thirds majority in each house. The Constitution requires a regular annual meeting of Congress, which begins on Jan. 3 each year. The proceedings of Congress are recorded in the Congressional Record, and U.S. Representatives have offices in Washington D.C. and their home districts to address concerns of citizens in their districts. The yearly salary for a United States Congressional Representative is $174,000.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the South Carolina State Election Commission to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including the appropriate campaign finance forms and (if you plan to run as an independent) petition papers. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for further instructions. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures to your local county election office if you live in a single county district or to the South Carolina State Election Commission if you live in a multi-county district. The amount of petition signatures varies by office. The petition papers are due at noon July 15th (if July 15th falls on a Sunday, the petition papers are due the following Monday at noon). The South Carolina State Election Commission is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The South Carolina State Election Commission can be reached at (803) 734-9060 and their website can be found here: http://www.scvotes.org/candidate_information

Submit application to:
South Carolina State Election Commission, 1122 Lady Street, Columbia, SC, 29201, US