Linda Collins-Smith

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Linda Collins-Smith
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Arkansas State Senate, District 19
In office
January 12, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 0
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
Linda Collins-Smith was a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014. She previously served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 80 from 2011 to 2013.

Collins-Smith switched parties on August 10, 2011. At a news conference, she stated "I have not left the Democratic Party, but the party left me," complaining that the Democratic party had moved too far left for her to remain in the party.[1]


Collins-Smith's professional experience includes working as Owner/Operator of Days Inn and Suites of Pocahontas and President/Founder of Randolph County Tourism.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Children and Youth
City, County and Local Affairs
Judiciary, Vice chair
Joint Performance Review


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Collins-Smith served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Collins-Smith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I will press our Congressional leaders for full repeal of Obamacare, and I will fight for a truly affordable quality healthcare system."


  • Excerpt: "I will fight to reduce government restrictions and put our citizens back to work."

Gun Rights

  • Excerpt: "I'll NEVER compromise away your right to keep and bear arms."

​Right to Life

  • Excerpt: "I believe common decency demands that we protect all our children, born and unborn, from the moment of conception."


  • Excerpt: "I will work to support our schools and improve the quality and content of their curriculums."


Collins-Smith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]


  • Excerpt: "I will fight to reduce government restrictions and put our citizens back to work."

The Constitution

  • Excerpt: "The Constitution of the United States is the most sublime outline for benign human government ever devised. It should be required learning and taught repeatedly at every level of our educational systems, both public and private."

The People Rule

  • Excerpt: "This is my pledge to you: I will not forget who elected me."

Political Integrity

  • Excerpt: "I will NEVER change what I stand for, or play with words, to gain a few votes."

Right to Life

  • Excerpt: "I will never vote to allow tax dollars to be spent, directly or indirectly, to fund abortions, and I will always vote to restrict access to this barbaric practice."


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. James McLean was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Linda Collins-Smith was unopposed in the Republican primary. Collins-Smith defeated McLean in the general election.[4][5]

Arkansas State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Collins-Smith 58.3% 14,647
     Democratic James McLean 41.7% 10,481
Total Votes 25,128


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Following redistricting, Collins-Smith was placed in the same district as Republican incumbent Lori Benedict. She decided to run for District 19 of the Arkansas State Senate, instead of running for re-election. She ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent David Wyatt in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Collins-Smith discusses at a press conference in August 2011 her switch from the Democratic Party to the GOP.
Arkansas State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Wyatt Incumbent 51.2% 15,442
     Republican Linda Collins-Smith 48.8% 14,716
Total Votes 30,158


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Collins-Smith defeated Jan Ziegler in the May 18 primary. She then defeated Keith Sloan in the November 2 general election.[9][10]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Collins-Smith (D) 4,195
Keith Sloan (R) 3,877
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Collins-Smith (D) 2,901
Jan Ziegler (D) 2,598

Campaign donors


In 2010, Collins-Smith raised $78,114 in contributions.[11]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Collins-Smith, Linda $46,613
Arkansas Democratic Party $2,500
Smith, Matt $1,500


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

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Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100 percent) to the lowest (0 percent). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[12] Collins-Smith received a score of 69 percent in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 46th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Collins-Smith is married.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Wyatt (D)
Arkansas State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David Cook (D)
Arkansas House District 80
Succeeded by
Charlene Fite (R)