Cameron Smyth

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Cameron Smyth
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California State Assembly District 38
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Santa Clarita City Council
ProfessionConsultant, Self-Employed
Cameron Smyth is a former Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 38 from 2006 to 2012. He was a member of the Santa Clarita City Council from 2000 to 2006, serving as Mayor from 2003 to 06.


Smyth's professional experience includes working as a self-employed consultant, Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Pete Knight from 1996 to 2000, Campaign Manager on the 1996 Pete Knight for Senate campaign and Field Representative for the California Republican Party.

Smyth is a member of the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Betty Ferguson Foundation, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees and Zonta Club of Santa Clarita.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


Political courage test

Smyth did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Tax increases

Smyth voted against the $12.5 billion tax increase approved by the California State Legislature in February 2009. As a result, he was targeted for opposition by the Fair Budget Coalition which is made up of public employee unions, including AFSCME, the California School Employee Association (CSEA) and the California Federation of Teachers.[3]

Smyth's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 40 - Water: reasonable use: electrical generation
  • AB 233 - Personal income tax: deductions: pet adoption
  • AB 937 - Destructive devices: registration

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Smyth announced in early 2012 that he would not run for election to the California State Senate in 2012. Smyth is ineligible to run for re-election to the State Assembly because of term limits. However, speculation had been that Smyth would make an attempt for the State Senate. However, he instead decided to leave public life entirely, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.[4]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Smyth won re-election to the 38th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Democrat Diana G. Shaw and Libertarian Peggy Christensen in the November 2 general election.[5]

California State Assembly, District 38 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cameron Smyth (R) 83,854
Diana G. Shaw (D) 55,062
Peggy Christensen (L) 9,015


In 2008, Smyth was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 38. Smyth (R) finished with 103,761 votes while her opponent Carole Lutness (D) finished with 84,936 votes.

California State Assembly District 38
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cameron Smyth (R) 103,761
Carole Lutness (D) 84,936

Campaign donors


In 2010, Smyth raised $482,394 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $9,900
Philip Morris $7,800
PG&E Corp $7,800
California Association Of Realtors $7,800


Below are Smyth's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[7]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Medical Assoc $14,400
CA Dental Assoc $8,500
AT&T $7,500
PG&E Corp $7,200
Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians $7,200

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[8][9]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Smyth ranked as a 14.[10]



Smyth was named Legislator of the Year for 2009 by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. He received the award because of his efforts to restore funding for domestic violence programs after the Governor's line-item veto.[11]

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 38
Succeeded by
Scott Wilk (R)