Rita Smart

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Rita Smart
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Kentucky House of Representatives District 81
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEastern University of Kentucky
Master'sUniversity of Kentucky
Personal
BirthdayNovember 13, 1948
ProfessionOwner, Bennett House Bed & Breakfast
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Rita Smart (b. November 13, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 81. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Smart earned a B.S. in Vocational Home Economics from Eastern Kentucky University in 1971 and her Master's from the University of Kentucky. Her professional experience includes owning Bennett House Bed & Breakfast and working for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture for 34 years.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Small Business
Education
Local Government
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smart served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Incumbent Rita H. Smart ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while C. Wesley Morgan ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Smart defeated Morgan in the general election. Bonnie Linnemeier (R) withdrew before the primary.[1][2][3]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 81 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRita Smart Incumbent 58.6% 7,318
     Republican C. Wesley Morgan 41.4% 5,167
Total Votes 12,485

2012

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smart won re-election in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 81. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012, and defeated Mary R. McGill Long (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 81, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRita Smart Incumbent 55.2% 8,988
     Republican Mary McGill Long 44.8% 7,293
Total Votes 16,281

2010

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smart's opponent in the November 2 general election was Republican candidate Tiffany Nash. According to official results, Smart defeated Nash by a margin of 6,778 to 5,373.[6]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 81 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rita Smart (D) 6,778
Tiffany Nash (R) 5,373

Smart defeated Jimmy Williams by a margin of 3,304 to 2,291 in the May 18 Democratic primary election.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smart is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Smart raised a total of $204,335 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 19, 2013.[7]

Rita Smart's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State House, District 81 Won $117,789
2010 Kentucky State House, District 81 Won $86,546
Grand Total Raised $204,335

2012

Smart won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smart raised a total of $117,789.
Kentucky House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rita Smart's campaign in 2012
Kentucky House Democratic Caucus$20,000
Kentucky Democratic Party$10,000
Kentucky Auto Workers$1,000
Mchugh, Timothy$1,000
Womens Network$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$117,789
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smart won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Smart raised a total of $86,546.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Moberly, Jr. (D)
Kentucky House of Representatives District 81
2011–present
Succeeded by
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