Larry Smith (Maryland)

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Larry Smith
Larry Smith.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Maryland, District 2
High schoolFriends School
Bachelor'sCornell University
Master'sUniversity of Maryland
Military service
Service/branchMaryland Army National Guard / U.S. Army Reserve Officer
Years of service1983-Present
Campaign website
Larry Smith campaign logo
Larry Smith was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Maryland. Smith was defeated by Nancy Jacobs in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012.[1]


Smith earned his B.S. in Animal Science/Agricultural Economics and Army ROTC Commission from Cornell University. He earned his master's in public policy from the University of Maryland.[2]


  • 1995-2003: Small Business Owner (thoroughbred racehorse trainer)[2]
  • 1995-Present: Lead Singer, harmonica player: Release (All the Band You’ll Ever Need)[2]
  • 2011: Military, Veterans Liaison Officer / Policy Analyst: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01)[2]
  • 2009-Present: Rec. Council Football Coach (volunteer)[2]


  • 1983-Present: Maryland Army National Guard / U.S. Army Reserve Officer
  • 2004-2009: National Military Command Center Watch Officer (Joint Staff, J2) - Pentagon
  • 2010: Operations Officer (J3), Defense Intelligence Support Office - Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
  • 2011-Present: Intelligence Officer, HQ (G2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Contingency OPS)


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Smith said that there were 11 leading issues he was concerned about. They are:[3]

  • Economy: Excerpt: "We must unleash America’s own energy resources and create a climate where entrepreneurs are eager to invest again knowing that no new regulation, rule, or tax lurks around the corner. This will put the more than $2.9 trillion dollars of currently sidelined private capital "back in the game!""
  • Government Reform: Excerpt: "We must increase our global competitiveness by reducing our corporate tax rate to 28% and making right-to-work states accessible to U.S. companies. This 20% reduction is enough to make us competitive with other nations without cutting off an important revenue stream at a time when we NEED THE MONEY."
  • Energy: Excerpt: "Clean energy is the goal. Affordable energy yields the robust economy needed to finish the research and build the connective grid we're going to need to make clean energy a reality."
  • Immigration: Excerpt: "We need “high walls and broad gates.” In other words, we must seal the border, institute E-Verify to help employers identify illegal aliens, and reform our visa system to provide American industries and farms the labor they require. Guest workers need to be taxed for crossing the border – thus removing the smuggling market – and for working. Smarter immigration policy is essential for our future growth and prosperity. Every visiting engineer earning a six-figure salary creates 8-10 "spin-off" jobs."
  • Health: Excerpt: "We should sell health insurance (and allow patients to be treated) across state lines, while increasing the stake that consumers have in their purchase decisions with approaches such as percentage-based co-pays, the tax deductibility of policy purchases, portability between jobs, and high-deductible "catastrophic" policies that are coupled with tax-free Health Savings Accounts."
  • Environment: Excerpt: "I will stand up to business interests that overstep their bounds. I support the EPA's efforts to finally get scrubbers installed in all coal plants -- building new plants wherever such installations are not cost effective because the plants are so old."
  • Foreign Policy / Defense: Excerpt: "We must stop apologizing for America’s principles and values. We must support our friends and allies better, while letting our enemies know exactly what will and will not be tolerated. Successful foreign policy does not require a predictable future… It requires maintaining the capacity to defend ourselves, clearly expressing where we stand, and forging principled alliances. Foreign aid must serve as a cost effective means of preventing war, and be strictly limited to countries who respect human rights."
  • Education: Excerpt: "Promoting universal, quality pre-school for 4yo's is the greatest bang we can get for our education buck."
  • Seniors: Excerpt: "All we have to do is capitalize on our ever-lengthening lifespans and gradually raise the eligibility age to 70 by 2036, while adjusting the cap on taxable annual income -- currently at ~$106,000 -- to achieve solvency."
  • Veterans: Excerpt: "I know how the Department of Veterans Affairs works and what our country's Veterans' Service Organizations can do to help too. The explicit (and implicit) promises we made to our veterans the day they raised their right hands are sacred and must be honored -- no exceptions."
  • 2nd Amendment: Excerpt: "One solution for clarifying this issue would be to further amend the Constitution as follows: “The inherent right for adults to defend themselves and their families can only be infringed through due process for individuals who have demonstrated reasonable cause to be judged a threat to themselves or to society.”"



See also: Maryland's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 2nd District. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket, but he was defeated in the April 3, 2012, primary by state senator Nancy Jacobs.[1][4]

U.S. House, Maryland, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Jacobs 58.9% 12,372
Ray Bly 2% 415
Vlad Degen 1.5% 324
Rick Impallaria 23.8% 4,998
Howard Orton 2.4% 500
Larry Smith 11.4% 2,392
Total Votes 21,001


Smith is a husband and father.[2]

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