Brandon Smith

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Brandon Smith
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Kentucky State Senate District 30
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Senate Majority Whip
2013-2014
Compensation
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kentucky House of Representatives
2001-2008
Commissioner, City of Hazard
1993-1998
Personal
Date of birthJune 14, 1967
Place of birthHazard, Kentucky
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Brandon Smith (b. June 14, 1967) is a Republican member of the Kentucky State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Smith served as Senate Majority Whip from 2013 to 2014. He served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2001 to 2008 and was Commissioner of the City of Hazard from 1993 to 1998.

Biography

Smith's professional experience includes working as Retail Operations Director for Perry Oil Company, Vice-President of Hazard Food Mart, Incorporated, and Owner of Daniel Boone Investments.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations and Revenue
Natural Resources and Energy
Transportation, Vice Chair
Appropriations and Revenue, Vice Chair
Natural Resources and Environment
Transportation

2013-2014

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

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Committee on Committees
Natural Resources and Energy, Vice chair
Rules
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kentucky State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Jordan Bowling Palmer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Brandon D. Smith ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Smith defeated Palmer in the general election.[1][2][3]

Kentucky State Senate, District 30 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrandon D. Smith Incumbent 73.8% 27,447
     Democratic Jordan Bowling Palmer 26.2% 9,733
Total Votes 37,180

2010

See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2010

Smith defeated Democratic candidate Johnnie Turner, Kentucky candidate by a margin of 20,870 to 10,180 in the November 2 general election.[4]

In the May 18 primary election, Smith ran unopposed.[5]

Kentucky State Senate, District 30 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brandon Smith (R) 20,870 67.2%
Johnnie Turner (D) 10,180 32.8%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $334,047 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.[6]

Brandon Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State Senate, District 30 Not up for election $101,864
2010 Kentucky State Senate, District 30 Won $74,878
2008 Kentucky State Senate, District 30 Not up for election $0
2007 Kentucky State Treasurer Defeated $14,500
2006 Kentucky State House, District 84 Won $68,272
2004 Kentucky State House, District 84 Won $6,867
2002 Kentucky State House, District 84 Won $34,166
2000 Kentucky State House, District 84 Won $33,500
Grand Total Raised $334,047

2012

Smith was not up for election to the Kentucky State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $101,864.

2010

Smith Kentucky State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $74,878.

2007

Smith lost the election for the Kentucky State Treasurer in 2007. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $14,500.

2006

Smith won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $68,272.

2004

Smith won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $6,867.

2002

Smith won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $34,166.

2000

Smith won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $33,500.

Personal

Smith and his wife, Jamie, have three children.

Controversies

Climate change comments

In a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment held on July 2, 2014, Smith, a coal company owner speaking in opposition to federal regulations on carbon emissions, stated: "In academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of." At the time of the comments, Earth's average temperature was 57 degrees Fahrenheit, while Mars' was -81 degrees Fahrenheit.[7][8]

DUI arrest

In January 2015, Smith was charged with speeding and DUI after allegedly having a 0.16 blood-alcohol level on the night of January 6. Bill Johnson, Smith's attorney, filed a motion to dismiss his client's charges, arguing that a constitutional provision dating back to 1891 should have prevented his arrest.[9] Section 43 of the Kentucky Constitution reads: "The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place." Johnson said that the language was added to "keep legislators from being bothered by people who would arrest them during sessions."[10] He concluded, "If you can't arrest them, you can't try them."[11] Assistant Franklin County Attorney David Garnett told The State Journal that Smith's position is "an interesting argument," but posited that "the 1891 constitution did not intend to give legislators blanket immunity for any act committed during the legislative session." The court will decide on the motion when Smith appears for his postponed arraignment on February 12.[9]

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Political offices
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Kentucky State House
2001–2008
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Preceded by
Daniel Mongiardo
Kentucky Senate District 30
2008–present
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