|Nevada State Senate District 13|
|February 4, 2013 - present|
|November 9, 2016|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||3 terms (12 years)|
|Nevada State Assembly District 30|
|2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2012|
|Profession||Benefits Information Representative, Operating Engineers|
Smith has served as a benefits information representative for the Operating Engineers since 1981. She and her husband, Greg, have four children: Olivia, David, Ian and Erin.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Health and Human Services, Vice Chair|
|• Revenue and Economic Development|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:
|Nevada Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Health and Human Services|
|• Legislative Operations and Elections|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:
|Nevada Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Elections, Procedures, Ethics, and Constitutional Amendments|
|• Health and Human Services|
|• Ways and Means|
Smith sponsored a bill that aimed to increase transparency and accountability in state contracting. It passed the Assembly by a deadline in late April 2011, which sent it to the Senate for consideration.
“In these times of economic and budgetary challenges, it is more critical than ever that we take every step possible to use taxpayer revenue effectively, save money, and improve state services,” Smith said. “Bringing state contracting out into the open for all to see and establishing a cooling off period for state employees are great steps forward for accomplishing those goals.”
The bill, AB240, changes the definition of “consultant” to make sure the state contracting process is transparent and state agencies are held accountable for the contracts they award. The legislation would help prevent state contractors from receiving contracts in excess of what can be done in-house by state employees. AB240 would also extend the cooling off period before a retired state employee could contract with the state to two years.
This bill would explicitly permit auditing of all contracts in which persons are employed by the state.
In February 2012, Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon wrote a series of stories detailing the failure by several Democratic legislators to disclose how they spent portions of their campaign money to help pay for expenditures. Damon's first story described how three Assembly Democrats -- Debbie Smith, David Bobzien, and Lucy Flores -- failed to report the expenditure of campaign funds used to pay for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions. The legislators were instructed by the Assembly Democrat's lawyer that they did not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office.
After Damon's initial report, Assembly Democrats Marcus Conklin, Richard Daly, Peggy Pierce, and Marilyn Dondero-Loop came forward to admit that they had also failed to report expenses after getting the same legal advice. The six lawmakers filed new expense reports that detailed nearly $45,000 in campaign funds that were spent on living expenses such as rent, electronics, house cleaning and supplies, groceries, lunches, and dinners. Nevada legislators are paid a $736/month housing allowance during legislative session if they live more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures receive $154 per diem during legislative session.
Martin Dean Dupalo, president of the Nevada Center for Public Ethics, wrote an op-ed piece in the Las Vegas Sun about the failed disclosures. He described the situation as "a purposeful act of withholding mandated public information that was uncovered by a journalist—not reported as part of a broader discussion between legislators and the executive branch, or much less the public."
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012
Smith ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 13. Smith ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Kathy Martin (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Nevada State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012|
Due to redistricting, many Nevada districts saw dramatic shifts in their boundary lines. Smith's District 30 was no exception. She stated, "About 65 percent of my district is new to me. That's seems to be about average. Some are as high as 80 percent".
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010
|Nevada House of Representatives, District 30 General election (2010)|
|Debbie Smith (D)||6,540|
|Kathy Martin (R)||4,024|
Smith raised $172,489 for her campaign.
|Nevada State Assembly, District 30 (2008)|
|Debbie Smith (D)||9,425||65.28%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, she collected $318,821 in donations.
Her largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Nevada House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Debbie Smith's campaign in 2010|
|Operating Engineers Local 3||$10,000|
|Nevada Association Of Realtors||$6,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$318,821|
Listed below are the five largest contributors to Debbie Smith's 2008 campaign.
|Nevada State Education Association||$10,000|
|Associated General Contractors of Las Vegas||$5,000|
|Sierra Pacific Power||$5,000|
Nevada Policy Research Institute
The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".
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- Sex education bill loses its momentum, dies in Nevada Senate - Las Vegas Sun
- Gun background check bill clears another hurdle: Nevada Senate - Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Dem tax plan pulled; Senate debate degenerates - Reno Gazette-Journal
- Nevada legislative panels OK major parts of Sandoval K-12 budgets - Truckee Times
- Nevada Senate Committee Serves Up Raw Milk to Vegas - Food Safety News
- Senate Passes Bill for Universal Background Checks on Guns - Carson Now
- Nevada gun background checks bill clears Senate Finance - Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Lucky No. 11? Legislature may take another stab at capping ER bills - Las Vegas Sun
- Brianna's law for DNA testing in Nevada passes 29-9 in state Assembly (watch ... - Reno Gazette Journal
- Committee approves tax break for film industry - Las Vegas Sun
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- Office website
- Nevada Assembly - Rep. Debbie Smith
- Campaign website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- ↑ "Bill To Improve Accountability In State Contracting Wins Assembly Approval," Nevada News Bureau, April 26th, 2011
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 cjr.org "Sun’s Damon Discusses How She Got the Goods on NV Lawmakers", March 16, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 lasvegassun.com "Uses for thousands of dollars of campaign funds going undisclosed by Nevada Democrats", Feb. 17, 2012
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 lasvegassun.com "Assembly Democrats reverse course, disclose spending of campaigns funds", Feb. 23, 2012
- ↑ Nevada Secretary of State - 2012 Primary candidates
- ↑ Clark County - 2012 Primary candidates
- ↑ Washoe County - 2012 Primary candidates
- ↑ Nevada Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ www.rgj.com "Redistricting means some Northern Nevada candidates might need more time and money for campaigns, be at odds with constituents", December 6, 2011
- ↑ Nevada Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
- ↑ 2008 Follow the Money's report on Debbie's 2008 campaign contributions
- ↑ 2010 contribution reports
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card"
Sheila Leslie (D)
|Nevada State Senate District 13
| Succeeded by|
|Nevada State Assembly District 30
| Succeeded by|
Michael Sprinkle (D)