Todd Smith, Texas Representative
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92|
|1997 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issue positions
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Smith is an attorney with his own law firm.
He is a member of the Northeast Tarrant County Right-to-Life Association Honorary Board of Directors, Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, The Mid-Cities Optimist Club, Northeast Leadership Forum, Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce, Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club, and Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club.
Todd Smith served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
- Elections Committee, Texas House (Chair)
- Redistricting Committee, Texas House
- Transportation Committee, Texas House
- HB 169 - Relating to the authority of the Texas Department of Public Safety and certain local law enforcement agencies to establish a checkpoint on a highway or street to determine whether persons are driving while intoxicated.
- HB 1635 - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Residential Construction Commission.
- HB 2511 - Relating to political contributions and expenditures; providing criminal penalties.
- HB 2525 - Relating to political expenditures made by a corporation or labor organization to finance the establishment and administration of a political committee.
Smith filed a Voter ID bill in the 2009 legislative session that never made it through the statehouse. Along the way, as he sought to gather the votes to move his bill ahead, he found some resistance in his own party. The Tarrant County Republican Party in his own district, for example, organized citizen calls to ask Smith to stick with stronger voter ID measure to require photo ID at the polls. Smith had said he supported a less stringent bill.
In a cell phone message Smith left to the chair of the Tarrant County Republican Party during the 2009 voter ID debate, he referenced "stupid" Republican woman. The call was later obtained by Texas Watchdog and made public. Smith said he was not talking about all Republican women. The party chair he left the message for said she believed he was making a general statement about all GOP women.
Voter ID has been a persistent issue dogging Smith. The prominent taxpayer watchdog Texans for Fiscal Responsibility published a time line showing how Smith killed voter ID legislation.
According to Texans for Fiscal Responsibility: "While State Rep. Todd Smith (R-Euless) has said it was Republicans who killed the recent legislative effort to require photo identification when voting, he is getting it partially right. He's a Republican (sort of), and he made sure it died."
Also, fellow lawmaker, Rep. Betty Brown, R-Athens, issued a statement that in 2009 -- during the voter ID debate -- Smith said that he wanted voter ID to die.
According to Brown: Todd Smith said on the House floor that he thought the best thing for Republicans would be if this bill just died” in reference to the Voter ID bill.
Brown served on the House Elections committee, which Smith chaired.
On his website Smith lists four major issues and his positions:
- Transportation - "Our state transportation fund is underfunded by $50-$75 billion. During fragile economic times like the present, we cannot afford to try to solve this problem with additional taxes." "Accordingly, we will have to increase transportation funding over the short term by scrubbing the budget...then devoting as much of our current surplus as possible to issue bonds."
- School Funding and Accountability - "The goal is to have a strong, objective accountability system that rewards districts for getting the most educational bang for the buck while minimizing redundant testing requirements."
- Property Appraisal System - "I believe a property tax system must be based upon a fair and accurate property appraisal system. If there are any aspects of our current process – such as the comptroller’s office’s state study – which puts pressure on local appraisal districts to over-appraise any property, then we will want to remove those pressures so that we have accurate appraisals."
- Windstorm Insurance - "We must ask property owners along the coast to bear the full burden of their decision to build in these areas. The current subsidy encourages overbuilding at a time when we may face these monster storms on a more frequent basis because of rising global temperatures."
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012
|Texas State Senate District 9 Republican Primary, 2012|
On November 4, 2008, Smith won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 92nd District, defeating Kalandra Wheeler (D). Smith received 36,955 votes in the election while Wheeler received 21,038 votes.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92|
|Todd Smith (R)||36,955||63.72%|
|Kalandra Wheeler (D)||21,038||36.27%|
Smith raised $79,118 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92 (2006)|
|Todd Smith (R)||22,491|
Smith raised $45,091 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92 (2004)|
|Todd Smith (R)||40,707|
Smith raised $66,869 for his campaign while Peters raised $0.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92 (2002)|
|Todd Smith (R)||25,248|
|Dale Ingle (R)||3,278|
Smith raised $64,961 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92 (2000)|
|Todd Smith (R)||35,192|
Smith raised $82,079 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92 (1998)|
|Todd Smith (R)||19,515|
|Texas House of Representatives, District 92 (1996)|
|Todd Smith (R)||30,953|
Smith raised a total of $292,002 in 2010. Below are Smith's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Perry, Bob J.||$20,000|
|Texas House Republican Leadership Fund||$12,500|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$7,500|
In the 2008 election, Smith raised a total of $134,271.
His four largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Butt, Charles C||$5,000|
|Independent Insurance Agents of Texas||$3,000|
|4 Donors, Each Donating $2,500||$2,500|
|7 Donors, Each Donating $2,000||$2,000|
In the 2006 election, Smith raised a total of $79,118.
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Farmers Insurance Group||$3,000|
|Texas Association Of Mortgage Attorneys PAC||$2,500|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$2,500|
|2 Donors, Each Donating $1,500||$1,500|
In the 2004 election, Smith raised a total of $45,091.
His six largest contributors in 2004 were:
|Farmers Insurance Group||$3,000|
|Texas Association of Mortgage Attorneys PAC||$2,500|
|Texas Association OF Realtors||$2,500|
|BG Distribution Partners||$1,500|
In the 2002 election, Smith raised a total of $66,869.
His five largest contributors in 2002 were:
|Huddleston, Albert D & Mary||$2,500|
|Texas Medical Association||$2,300|
|Coalition for Better Transportation||$2,000|
|Carrabbas Italian Grill||$2,000|
|3 Donors, Each Donating $1,500||$1,500|
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Todd Smith received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- Todd Smith's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Smith (dead link)
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Follow The Money, Campaign Contributions: 20102008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 92 page
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile (timed out)
- Todd Smith on Facebook
- Defeat Todd Smith opposition website
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Smith
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Smith
- Texas Watchdog - "GOP lawmaker Todd Smith references 'stupid' GOP women in heated voter ID debate"
- Todd Smith Issues
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- District 92 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Texas House official election results for 2006
- District 92 Texas House candidate funds, 2006
- Texas House official election results for 2004
- District 92 Texas House candidate funds, 2004
- Texas House official election results for 2002
- District 92 Texas House candidate funds, 2002
- Texas House official election results for 2000
- District 92 Texas House candidate funds, 2000
- Texas House official election results for 1998
- District 92 Texas House candidate funds, 1998
- Texas House official election results for 1996
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2004 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2002 Campaign contributions
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
|Texas House District 92
| Succeeded by|
Jonathan Stickland (R)
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