Jeff Smith (Mississippi)

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Jeff Smith
Jeffrey Smith, Mississippi Representative.jpg
Mississippi House of Representatives, District 39
In office
1992 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 23
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 5, 1991
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMississippi State University
J.D.University of Mississippi Law School
Date of birthDecember 6, 1949
Office website
Jeffrey C. "Jeff" Smith (b. December 6, 1949) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 1991.

Smith switched party affiliations from Democratic to Republican on June 1, 2011. He told reporters that he decided to become a Republican because the GOP recruited a candidate to run against him in an election for House Speaker.[1]


Smith earned his B.S. and J.D. from Mississippi State University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney; he was a Prosecutor for Lowndes County from 1980 to 1989.[2]

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:


Race for Speaker

Following House Speaker William McCoy's (D) decision not to run for re-election in 2011, lawmakers poised to run for his position. Smith was considered a possible frontrunner for the speakership. He narrowly lost the 2008 speaker election by a single vote. Lawmakers elected Philip Gunn (R) at the start of the 2012 session.[3][4]



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi House of Representatives will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[5]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Smith won re-election to District 39 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He defeated Jack Larmour in the primary on August 2, 2011.[6] Smith was unchallenged in the November 8 general election.[7][8]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Smith was re-elected in District 39. He defeated James Samuel in the primary election and ran unopposed in the general election.[9]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 39 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Jeffrey Smith (D) 6,778 100.0%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Smith received $64,825 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Smith (Mississippi)'s campaign in 2011
Smith, Jeffrey C$15,000
Mississippi Coalition For Progress$2,500
Mendall, Richard C & Julia C$2,500
Mississippi Hospital Association$2,500
Home Builders Association Of Mississippi$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $64,825
Total Votes received in 2011 7,380
Cost of each vote received $8.78


In 2007, Smith collected $127,267 in donations.[11]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Depriest, Donald R. $5,000
Burns Dirt Construction Inc. $5,000
Clark, Donald $5,000
Mississippi Medical Association $5,000
Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association $2,500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Mississippi

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[12]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[13]


Smith has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Arts Council, Deacon of First Baptist Church, member of the Lowndes County Bar Association, Board President of the Steens Civic Club, and President of Swim Columbus.[2]

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