Christopher Smith (Florida)

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Christopher L. Smith
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Florida State Senate, District 31
Incumbent
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
November 15, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, Florida House of Representatives
2004 - 2008
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
1998-2008
Education
Bachelor'sJohnson C. Smith University, 1992
J.D.Florida State University, 1995
Personal
BirthdayMarch 15, 1970
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Christopher L. Smith (b. March 15, 1970) is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Smith served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 to 2008; from 2004 to 2008 he was Minority Leader. He also served on the Broward County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

Biography

Smith earned his B.S. in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University in 1992 and his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law in 1995. His professional experience includes working as an attorney for Johnson, Anselmo, Murdoch, Burke and George.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Criminal Justice, Vice-chair
Rules, Vice-chair
Appropriations
Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities
Community Affairs
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Legislative Budget Commission

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Smith won re-election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 31. Smith ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Christopher Smithmyer (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Florida State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Smith Incumbent 84.4% 147,618
     Republican Christopher Smithmyer 15.6% 27,222
Total Votes 174,840

2008

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Smith won election to the Florida Senate from Florida's 29th Senate district. Smith received 117,553 votes in the election, defeating Michael Nellons (write-in), who received 17 votes.[3] Smith raised $268,588 for his campaign.[4]

Florida Senate, District 29 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Smith (D) 117,553 100.0%
Michael Nellons (write-in) 17 0.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $1,002,269 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[5]

Christopher Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 31 Won $347,612
2010 Florida State Senate, District 29 Not up for election $12,909
2008 Florida State Senate, District 29 Won $268,588
2004 Florida State House, District 93 Won $186,311
2002 Florida State House, District 93 Won $41,253
2000 Florida State House, District 93 Won $43,300
1998 Florida State House, District 93 Won $102,296
Grand Total Raised $1,002,269

2012

Smith won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $347,612.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Christopher Smith (Florida)'s campaign in 2012
Florida Democratic Party$116,537
Bright House Networks$2,500
Florida Optometric Association$2,500
Florida Police Benevolent Association$2,500
Fcci Services$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$347,612
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smith was not up for election to the Florida State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $12,909.

2008

Smith won election to the Florida State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $268,588.

2004

Smith won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $186,311.

2002

Smith won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $41,253.

2000

Smith won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $43,300.

1998

Smith won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $102,296.

Scorecards

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

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2014

In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[6]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[7]
Legislators are scored on their stances on "long term care issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stances on marijuana.
Legislators are scored on a group of bills that LFN selects as a "cross-section of legislation."

2013

In 2013, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 5 through May 3.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on civil liberty issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[9]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stance on fracking.

Personal

Smith and his wife, Desorae Giles-Smith, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eleanor Sobel (D)
Florida State Senate, District 31
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Florida State Senate, District 29
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Jeremy Ring (D)