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Sherri Smith Buffington
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Louisiana State Senate, District 38
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 12
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember, 2003
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionManaging Partner
Office website
Sherri Smith Buffington is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 38. She was first elected to the chamber in 2003.


Buffington's professional experience includes working as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Ron Bean, and Managing Partner for a rental business.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Buffington served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Buffington served on the following committees:


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Buffington served on the following committees:



See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Buffington ran for re-election in 2011. She defeated Douglas Day (D) and Troy Terrell (R) in the October 22 primary. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reaches this threshold, then a general election would have taken place on November 19, 2011 between the top-two vote getters.[1]

Louisiana State Senate District 38 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSherri Smith Buffington Incumbent 57.2% 10,570
     Republican Troy Terrell 42.8% 7,912
Total Votes 18,482


In 2007 Buffington was re-elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 38. Buffington (R) finished with 16,655 votes while her opponent Alan Seabaugh (R) finished with 14,725 votes.[2]

Louisiana State Senate District 38
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sherri Smith Buffington (R) 16,655
Alan Seabaugh (R) 14,725

Campaign donors


In 2011, Buffington received $350,617 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sherri Smith Buffington's campaign in 2011
Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana$20,000
Plantation Management Co$7,500
LHA Management Corp$3,500
Crescent River Port Pilots Association$3,000
Camelot Place$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $350,617
Total Votes received in 2011 10,570
Cost of each vote received $33.17


In 2007, a year in which Buffington was up for election, she collected $267,363 in donations.[4]

Her five largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Committee $10,000
Louisiana Hospital Association $6,000
Magnolia Management Corp. $3,500
Central Control Inc $2,500
Louisiana Leadership PAC $2,500

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Louisiana State Senate District 38
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