Jim Smith, Indiana politician

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Jim Smith
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Indiana State Senate District 45
In office
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2014
Term limitsNo
High schoolProvidence Catholic High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Louisville
Master'sUniversity of Louisville
Place of birthCharlestown, IN
ProfessionFinancial consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Smith is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He previously served on the Clark County Council.


Smith earned his B.A. and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Louisville. His professional experience includes working as a personal and small business financial consultant.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Economic Development and Technology
Financial Institutions
Local Government
Tax and Fiscal Policy



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Julie Berry was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Jim Smith was unopposed in the Republican primary. Berry will face Smith in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2010

Smith defeated Democratic incumbent James Lewis by a margin of 22,299 to 20,494 in the November 2 general election.[3]

In the May 4 primary election, Smith ran unopposed.[4]

Indiana State Senate, District 45 General Election 2010
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Smith (R) 22,299 52.1%
James Lewis (D) 20,494 47.9%
Indiana State Senate, District 45 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Smith 100%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Smith raised $116,184 in contributions.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Senate Majority Campaign Cmte Of Indiana $80,182
Indiana Republican Party $19,778
Hoosiers For Economic Growth $10,000
Coates, Floyd Kanne $3,000


Smith has a wife, Brenda Faye.


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In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[6]


In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Lewis
Indiana Senate District 45
Succeeded by