Ferr Smith

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Ferr Smith
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 27
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 22
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1993
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMississippi Valley State University
J.D.University of Mississippi School of Law
Date of birthSeptember 10, 1941
Office website
Ferr Smith (b. September 10, 1941) is a Democratic member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 1993.

Smith is not running for re-election to the State House in 2015.


Smith earned his B.S. from Mississippi Valley State University and J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
County Affairs
Fees and Salaries of Public Officers
Judiciary B
Judiciary En Banc
Railway Development
Ways and Means


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Smith won re-election to District 27 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated R. Dewayne Gill (R) in the November 8 general election.[2][3]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 27 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFerr Smith Incumbent 69.6% 5,109
     Republican R. Dewayne Gill 30.4% 2,234
Total Votes 7,343


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Smith was re-elected to District 27, defeating Republican challenger Ricky Gill.[4] He defeated Eddie Perry in the primary election by a margin of 947-858.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 27 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Ferr Smith (D) 4,119 68.26%
Ricky Gill (R) 1,915 31.74%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Smith received $5,900 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ferr Smith's campaign in 2011
Electric Power Association Of Mississippi$600
Mississippi Association Of Educators$500
Map Fund For Children & Public Education$500
Total Raised in 2011 $5,900
Total Votes received in 2011 5,109
Cost of each vote received $1.15


In 2007, Smith collected $14,315 in donations.[7]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi House Democratic Leadership $2,000
Unknown $1,500
Mississippi Association of Educators $1,000
Mississippi Hospital Association $1,000
AT&T $800


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[8]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[9]


Smith has been a member of the Central Mississippi Legal Services Board of Directors, the Inter-Alumni Council, Leake County Development Incorporated; and chair of the Mississippi Valley State University Foundation.[1]

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