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Jim Smith, Indiana politician

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Jim Smith
Jim Smith.jpg
Indiana State Senate District 45
In office
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 5
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
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

2015 legislative session

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Local Government
Pensions and Labor
Tax and Fiscal Policy


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


Campaign themes


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

Jobs and Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "Government should get out of the way and let Hoosiers build, grow and expand their businesses. A small business owner, Jim has led the charge to reduce burdensome regulations and taxes that stifle job creation and has been recognized for his pro-jobs voting record."


  • Excerpt: "Jim Smith knows agriculture is a crucial component of the Indiana economy and he is committed to protecting our state’s rich agricultural heritage through programs that encourage good stewardship of our natural resources and through meaningful, permanent reforms to our tax and regulatory structure to make sure Indiana farmers are treated equitably."

Protecting your Tax Dollars

  • Excerpt: "Jim Smith knows it is vitally important that we continue to pass balanced budgets, control spending and keep taxes low so hard-working Hoosiers can keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars. He firmly believes government should only ask its citizens for the minimum necessary to provide essential services – and not one dollar more."


  • Excerpt: "Jim Smith knows Indiana’s future and the future of our children depends on having quality educational opportunities that meet the unique needs of today’s workforce. He supports giving parents the freedom to choose the best education for their children and is working to make sure we have the best standards for our students while making sure we don’t eliminate local control of our schools."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "Jim has helped lead the charge against the federal takeover of our health care system. As an alternative, he supports the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, a proven, consumer-driven alternative that replaces traditional Medicaid in Indiana and provides low-income Hoosiers with an opportunity to participate in a health coverage program that is grounded in personal responsibility and consumerism."



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held 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. Smith defeated Berry in the general election.[2][3]

Indiana State Senate District 45, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Smith Incumbent 53.8% 19,827
     Democratic Julie Berry 46.2% 16,994
Total Votes 36,821


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.[4]

In the May 4 primary election, Smith ran unopposed.[5]

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.[6]

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.


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

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In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[7]

Legislators are scored on their stances on issues "impacting working people."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "pro-jobs, pro-economy issues."
Legislators are scored on whether they supported or opposed IMA's position on a bill.


In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[8]

Legislators are scored on whether they supported or opposed IMA's position on a bill.

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