Jim Smith (Nebraska)
|Nebraska State Senate, District 14|
|2011 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$123/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 four-year terms|
|Bachelor's||University of West Florida, 1984|
|Master's||Creighton University, 1996|
|Birthday||February 9, 1959|
|Place of birth||Pensacola, Florida|
|Profession||Owner, Norm's Door Service|
Smith earned his B.A. in Accounting from the University of West Florida in 1984 and his M.B.A. in Economics from Creighton University in 1996. His professional experience includes working as the owner of Norm's Door Service and the manager of Omaha Public Power District, and in management at Houston Lighting & Power and Gulf States Utilities.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Natural Resources|
|• Transportation and Telecommunications, Vice Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Business and Labor|
|• Natural Resources|
|• Urban Affairs|
Smith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "As a family man and small business owner, I have also made tough budget decisions that will help in the legislature. I will work to tighten the belt on state spending and reduce the burden on Nebraska families."
- Excerpt: "By reducing the tax burden on Nebraska families and businesses, we can attract more quality jobs and business growth to our state. If we allow our families to keep more of their hard earned money, we can make it easier for them to live and prosper in Nebraska."
- Income Tax
- Excerpt: "I will work to eliminate the income tax on military retirement pay so our retired Veterans can stay here to help mentor our youth, start businesses, and contribute to our economy."
- Illegal Immigration
- Excerpt: "I will work to repeal all tax payer paid benefits going to illegal immigrants. I will also support a Nebraska state law similar to the law passed in Arizona."
- See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 13, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day.
- See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010
|Nebraska State Senate, District 14 General election (2010)|
Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $105,113 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Jim Smith's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Nebraska State Senate, District 14||$32,389|
|2010||Nebraska State Senate, District 14||$72,724|
|Grand Total Raised||$105,113|
2012Smith was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $32,389.
|Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Smith's campaign in 2012|
|Ricketts, J. Peter||$2,500|
|Nebraska Realtors Association||$2,000|
|Union Pacific Railroad||$1,500|
|Anr Pipeline Co||$1,500|
|Associated Builders & Contractors||$1,250|
|Total Raised in 2012||$32,389|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Smith won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $72,724.
|Nebraska State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Smith's campaign in 2010|
|Ricketts, J. Peter||$10,500|
|Nebraska Chamber Of Commerce & Industry||$4,931|
|Nebraska Society Of CPAs||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$72,724|
Smith and his wife, Ruth, have two children.
2013 ethics complaint
In July 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy, a liberal watchdog group, filed an ethics complaint against Smith, alleging that he did not disclose nearly $1,500 in travel expenses related to a trip to a Canadian tar sands mining area, which was sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The complaint stated the government of Alberta province and another unnamed benefactor paid for the flight of nine state legislators. Alberta and ALEC have been known to support the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developer, TransCanada, visited with the lawmakers on the trip. At the time of the complaint, Smith was ALEC's public sector chairman in Nebraska.
Smith responded to the complaint, saying that he checked with officials beforehand, and was told that flights within Canada did not need to be reported. He said he believed that all the necessary disclosures were made, and that he covered his own expenses for a commercial flight to Canada and accommodation.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Jim + Smith + Nebraska + Senate"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Office website
- February 7, 2011 snapshot of Smiths's 2010 campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- May 11, 2010 primary election results
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska - General Election - November 2, 2010," accessed February 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Smith, Jim." Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- Omaha World-Herald, "Papillion State Sen. Jim Smith faces ethics complaint over trip to Canada," July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- Associated Press, "Ethics complaint filed against Neb. state lawmaker," July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
|Nebraska State Senate District 14
| Succeeded by|