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Jim Smith (Nebraska)

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Jim Smith
Nebraska State Senate, District 14
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 four-year terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of West Florida, 1984
Master'sCreighton University, 1996
BirthdayFebruary 9, 1959
Place of birthPensacola, Florida
ProfessionOwner, Norm's Door Service
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Smith (b. February 9, 1959) is member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Smith earned his B.A. in Accounting from the University of West Florida in 1984 and his M.B.A. in Economics from Creighton University in 1996. His professional experience includes working as the owner of Norm's Door Service and the manager of Omaha Public Power District, and in management at Houston Lighting & Power and Gulf States Utilities.

Committee assignments


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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources
Transportation and Telecommunications, Vice Chair


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


Campaign themes


Smith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Budget
Excerpt: "As a family man and small business owner, I have also made tough budget decisions that will help in the legislature. I will work to tighten the belt on state spending and reduce the burden on Nebraska families."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "By reducing the tax burden on Nebraska families and businesses, we can attract more quality jobs and business growth to our state. If we allow our families to keep more of their hard earned money, we can make it easier for them to live and prosper in Nebraska."
  • Income Tax
Excerpt: "I will work to eliminate the income tax on military retirement pay so our retired Veterans can stay here to help mentor our youth, start businesses, and contribute to our economy."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "I will work to repeal all tax payer paid benefits going to illegal immigrants. I will also support a Nebraska state law similar to the law passed in Arizona."



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day. Incumbent Jim Smith was unopposed in the primary election and is unchallenged in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Smith won election to the 14th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Teresa Whitehead.[3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 14 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Smith 6,203
Teresa Whitehead 4,995

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $105,113 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[4]

Jim Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $32,389
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 14 Won $72,724
Grand Total Raised $105,113


Smith was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $32,389.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Smith's campaign in 2012
Ricketts, J. Peter$2,500
Nebraska Realtors Association$2,000
Union Pacific Railroad$1,500
Anr Pipeline Co$1,500
Associated Builders & Contractors$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$32,389
Source:Follow the Money


Smith won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $72,724.


Smith and his wife, Ruth, have two children.


2013 ethics complaint

In July 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy, a liberal watchdog group, filed an ethics complaint against Smith, alleging that he did not disclose nearly $1,500 in travel expenses related to a trip to a Canadian tar sands mining area, which was sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The complaint stated the government of Alberta province and another unnamed benefactor paid for the flight of nine state legislators. Alberta and ALEC have been known to support the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developer, TransCanada, visited with the lawmakers on the trip. At the time of the complaint, Smith was ALEC's public sector chairman in Nebraska.[5]

Smith responded to the complaint, saying that he checked with officials beforehand, and was told that flights within Canada did not need to be reported. He said he believed that all the necessary disclosures were made, and that he covered his own expenses for a commercial flight to Canada and accommodation.[6]

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Preceded by
Tim Gay
Nebraska State Senate District 14
Succeeded by