Debbie Smith

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Debbie Smith
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Nevada State Senate, District 13
Incumbent
In office
February 4, 2013 - present
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly District 30
2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2012
Personal
Birthday1956
ProfessionBenefits Information Representative, Operating Engineers
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Debbie Smith (b. 1956) is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 13. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. She serves as Assistant Majority Floor Leader.

Smith served in the Nevada Assembly, representing District 30 from 2005 to 2012; she previously served from 2001 to 2002. During her time in the chamber, she served as Speaker Pro Tempore.

Biography

Smith's professional experience includes working as a benefits information representative for the Operating Engineers.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Health and Human Services, Vice Chair
Revenue and Economic Development

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:

Issues

State accountability

Smith sponsored a bill that aimed to increase transparency and accountability in state contracting. It passed both houses in the spring of 2011, and was signed on June 17, 2011.[1]

“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, changed the definition of “consultant” to ensure accountability for contracts by state agencies. The legislation prevented state contractors from receiving contracts in excess of what can be done in-house by state employees. AB240 also extended the cooling off period before a retired state employee could contract with the state to two years.

The bill explicitly permitted auditing of all contracts in which persons are employed by the state.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Debbie Smith ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Thomas Koziol was unopposed in the Republican primary. Independent American candidate Diana Leung Squillante withdrew from the race before the primary. Smith and Koziol will face off in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

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.[6] [7][8][9]

Nevada State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Smith 64.7% 25,975
     Republican Kathy Martin 35.3% 14,151
Total Votes 40,126

Redistricting

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."[10]

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Smith won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. She did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary and defeated Kathy Martin in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 30 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Smith (D) 6,540
Kathy Martin (R) 4,024

2008

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Smith won re-election to the District 30 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating opponents Trent Baldwin and Ruth Gillings.[11]

Smith raised $172,489 for her campaign.[12]

Nevada State Assembly, District 30 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Smith (D) 9,425 65.28%
Trent Baldwin 4,137 28.65%
Ruth Gillings 876 6.07%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $1,411,389 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[13]

Debbie Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 13 Won $397,000
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 30 Won $318,821
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 30 Won $172,489
2006 Nevada State Assembly, District 30 Won $128,418
2004 Nevada State Assembly, District 30 Won $177,171
2002 Nevada State Assembly, District 30 Defeated $104,328
2000 Nevada State Assembly, Washoe 30 Won $113,162
Grand Total Raised $1,411,389

2012

Smith won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $397,000.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Debbie Smith's campaign in 2012
Nevada Association Of Realtors$10,000
Norred Properties$10,000
AT&T$10,000
Newmont Mining$7,000
Station Casinos$6,500
Total Raised in 2012$397,000
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smith won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $318,821.

2008

Smith won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $172,489.

2006

Smith won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $128,418.

2004

Smith won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $177,171.

2002

Smith lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $104,328.

2000

Smith won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $113,162.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Nevada scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 22 Assembly bills and 32 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

2011

In 2011, the 76th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 7 through June 7.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees, personal responsibility, families and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 31 Assembly bills and 31 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on education, educator salaries, benefits and collective bargaining.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on bills that are in the interest of southern Nevada.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

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".[15]

2011

Smith received a score of 32.98% in the 2011 report card, ranking 38th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[15]

Personal

Smith and her husband, Greg, have four children.

Controversies

Expenditure disclosure

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.[16][17][18]

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.[16][17][18]

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."[16][17][18]

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References

  1. Nevada Legislature, "AB240," accessed September 4, 2013
  2. "Bill To Improve Accountability In State Contracting Wins Assembly Approval," Nevada News Bureau, April 26th, 2011
  3. Nevada Secretary of State, "2014 filed candidates," accessed April 8, 2014
  4. Clark County, "Candidate filing," accessed April 8, 2014
  5. Nevada Secretary of State, "Nevada Primary Election 2014," accessed June 10, 2014
  6. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Primary candidates," accessed May 5, 2014
  7. Clark County, "2012 Primary candidates," accessed May 5, 2014
  8. Washoe County, "2012 General Election candidates," accessed May 5, 2014
  9. Nevada Secretary of State, "Official Results of the 2012 Primary Election," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Nevada Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," accessed May 5, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 5, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Smith, Debbie," accessed June 14, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Nevada State Legislature, "Session Information," accessed July 3, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card," accessed May 5, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 cjr.org, "Sun’s Damon Discusses How She Got the Goods on NV Lawmakers," accessed March 16, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 lasvegassun.com, "Uses for thousands of dollars of campaign funds going undisclosed by Nevada Democrats," Feb. 17, 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 lasvegassun.com, "Assembly Democrats reverse course, disclose spending of campaigns funds," Feb. 23, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Sheila Leslie (D)
Nevada State Senate District 13
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
-
Nevada State Assembly District 30
2005–2012
Succeeded by
Michael Sprinkle (D)