Elaine Smith

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Elaine Smith
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Idaho House of Representatives District 29B
Incumbent
In office
2002-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$16,116/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sIdaho State University
Personal
Place of birthGooding, ID
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Elaine Smith is a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 29B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Smith's professional experience includes working as a Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Business
Environment, Energy, and Technology
State Affairs
Joint Legislative Oversight

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Smith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Effective and affordable health care for Idaho families is important for a long lasting quality of life. It has become difficult with Idaho small businesses to provide adequate health care benefits for their employees. I will work to help on these issues in the House Business Committee."
  • Open Government
Excerpt: "Our state government needs to be accountable for their actions taken with taxpayers’ dollars. In the State Legislature, the Committees need to be open and transparent for the public’s knowledge. All legislators need to maintain high ethical standards."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Proper funding for schools, kindergarten through post secondary, is needed. Also, teaching, not testing, will make a lasting impact on learning opportunities for our children."

Elections

2014

See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Elaine Smith is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Terrel "Ned" Tovey is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

2012

See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith won re-election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, she ran in District 29B. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary[3] and defeated Craig Cooper (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 29B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Smith Incumbent 54.2% 9,470
     Republican Craig Cooper 45.8% 7,988
Total Votes 17,458

2010

See also:Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith won re-election to District Seat 30B in 2010 against Republican David Bowen. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 25th. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 30B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Elaine Smith (D) 4,900 53.0%
Dave Bowen (R) 4,344 47.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Elaine Smith won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 30B receiving 56.9% of the vote (8,414 votes), ahead of Republican Chris Stevens who received 43.1% of the vote (6,382 votes).[7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 30B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Elaine Smith (D) 8,414 56.9%
Chris Stevens (R) 6,382 43.1%


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $97,284 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 12, 2013.[8]

Elaine Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Idaho House, District 29B Won $14,675
2010 Idaho House, District 30B Won $12,695
2008 Idaho House, District 30B Won $19,516
2006 Idaho House, District 30B Won $18,956
2004 Idaho House, District 30B Won $19,586
2002 Idaho House, District 30B Won $11,856
Grand Total Raised $97,284

2012

Smith Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $14,675.

2010

In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, she collected $12,695 in donations.[9]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


2008

In 2008, Smith raised $19,516.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to her campaign.[10]

Donor Amount
Idaho Education Association $2,000
Idaho Power Co. $2,000
Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho $1,500
Citigroup $1,000
Communications Workers of America $1,000

Scorecards

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[11] Smith received a score of -68 points in the 2013 index, ranking 61st out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

Personal

Smith and her husband, Rich, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Ruchti
Idaho House of Representatives District 29B
2012-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Jim Guthrie (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 30B
2002–2012
Succeeded by
Wendy Horman (R)