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Matthew Smith
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Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2013-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania State House District 42
2007-2012
Education
Bachelor'sRollins College, 1995
J.D.Duquesne University, 1999
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Matthew H. Smith (b. September 19, 1972) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Smith served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 42 from 2007 to 2012. Smith was a volunteer in state, local and national campaigns from 1996 to 2004. In 2003, Smith worked for the Transition Team for Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato.

Biography

Smith earned his B.A. in History from Rollins College in 1995 and his J.D. from Duquesne University in 1999. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and as Pro Bono Coordinator for Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, Professional Corporation.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
State Government, Minority Chair
Community, Economic & Recreational Development
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure
Finance
Game & Fisheries
Joint Conservation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 37. Smith ran unchallenged in the April 24 primary and defeated D. Raja (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Smith 52.6% 70,883
     Republican D. Raja 47.4% 63,854
Total Votes 134,737

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith won re-election to District 42 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. He had no primary opposition and defeated Republican Sue Means in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[3]

Pennsylvania State House, District 42
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Smith (D) 15,740 59.8%
Sue Means (R) 10,591 40.2%

2008

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Smith won re-election to District 42 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 22,919 votes, defeating Republican Jim Blazeck (12,139).[4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 42
Candidates Votes Percent
Matt Smith (D) Green check mark transparent.png 22,919 65.4%
Jim Blazeck (R) 12,139 34.6%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Matthew Smith is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Matthew Smith raised a total of $1,742,674 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[5]

Matthew Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37 Won $939,611
2010 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 42 Won $146,626
2008 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 42 Won $233,936
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 42 Won $422,501
Grand Total Raised $1,742,674

2012

Matthew Smith won election to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Matthew Smith raised a total of $939,611.
Pennsylvania State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matthew Smith's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Association for Justice$105,250
Jay Costa For State Senate$103,500
Pennsylvania Democratic Party$45,688
International Union of Operating Engineers 66$35,000
Pennsylvania State Education Association$35,000
Total Raised in 2012$939,611
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Matthew Smith won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Matthew Smith raised a total of $146,626.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their support for legislation related to LGBT equality.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 4 through November 30. In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly began its legislative session on January 3.

  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators were scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators were scored based on floor votes that highlighted environmental issues.

Personal

Smith and his wife, Eileen, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Pippy (R)
Pennsylvania State Senate District 37
2012–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Thomas Stevenson (R)
Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 42
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Dan Miller (D)