Roby Smith

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Roby Smith
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Iowa State Senate District 47
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 4
Assistant Minority Leader, Iowa State Senate
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sConcordia University
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Roby Smith is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Smith served as Assistant Minority Leader from 2013 to 2014.


Smith earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Concordia University. His professional experience includes owning a small business.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Local Government
Ways and Means


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


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


Campaign themes


Smith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Job Creation:

  • "Iowa needs to be more business friendly to encourage job growth."


  • "Taxes should not be increased to balance the budget."

State Budget:

  • "Start requiring that all lines of pork barrel spending have a recorded vote so that it cannot sneak through hidden in a 200 page piece of legislation."

Property Taxes:

  • "Stop raising property taxes to balance the budge. People should keep more of what they earn because they will save, spend, and invest those additional dollars, promoting freedom and responsibility, raising our standard of living, and benefiting the economy for us all."


  • "A strong education system is critical to the long-term success of our community. Education is the foundation upon which our economy, our government, and our community is built. We cannot let that foundation crumble."



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Maria Bribriesco was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Roby Smith was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bribriesco faced Smith in the general election.[1][2][3] Incumbent Smith defeated challenger Bribiesco in the general election.[4]

Iowa State Senate, District 47 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoby Smith Incumbent 56.4% 14,988
     Democratic Maria Bribriesco 43.6% 11,580
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 19
Total Votes 26,587


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Smith defeated Democratic candidate Richard Clewell by a margin of 13,865 to 9,432 in the November 2 general election.[5]

In the June 8 primary election, Smith defeated incumbent David Hartsuch by a margin of 2,487 to 2,307.[6]

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Smith is one of the 7 Republican challengers who defeated an incumbent Republican state senator.

Iowa State Senate, District 41 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Roby Smith (R) 13,865 32.4%
Richard Clewell (D) 9,432 67.6%
Iowa State Senate, District 23 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Roby Smith 2,487 51.9%
David Hartsuch 2,307 48.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Smith raised $82,381 in contributions.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $12,454
Cockrell, Harry $10,100
Iowa Bankers Association $2,500
Smith, Roby $2,025


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

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In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[8]

Legislators are scored on "their records on constitutional principles and civil liberties."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key conservative issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes with or against SC's official position.


Smith and his wife, Kari, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Chelgren (R)
Iowa State Senate District 47
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David Hartsuch
Iowa State Senate District 41
Succeeded by
Mark Chelgren (R)