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John R. Smith (Louisiana)

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John R. Smith
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Louisiana State Senate, District 30
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 17, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sLoyola University
Master'sLoyola University
Date of birthDecember 29, 1945
Office website
John R. Smith (b. December 29, 1945) is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

Smith served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1987 to 2007.


Smith earned his B.S. and his MBA from Loyola University.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce, Consumer Protection, and International Affairs, Vice Chair
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development
Revenue & Fiscal Affairs


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:



See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Smith won re-election in 2011. He faced James David Cain (R) and Terry Fowler (D) in the October 22 primary. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, since no candidate reached this threshold, a general election took place on November 19, 2011 between top-two vote getters Smith and Cain.[1] Smith defeated Cain to win re-election.[2]

Louisiana State Senate District 30 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Smith Incumbent 59.4% 8,457
     Republican James David Cain 40.6% 5,772
Total Votes 14,229
Louisiana State Senate District 30 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames David Cain 29.7% 6,628
     Democratic Terry Fowler 24.6% 5,496
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Smith Incumbent 45.7% 10,216
Total Votes 22,340


In 2007 Smith was elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 30. Smith (D) finished with 9,326 votes while his opponent Claude Leach (D) finished with 8,777 votes.[3] Smith raised $210,109 for his campaign fund.[4]

Louisiana State Senate District 30
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John R. Smith (D) 9,326
Claude Leach (D) 8,777

Campaign donors


In 2011, Smith received $308,966 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John R. Smith (Louisiana)'s campaign in 2011
Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana$40,000
Bobby Jindal Campaign Cmte$5,000
For PAC Louisiana Forestry Association$4,000
Louisiana State Farm Agents$4,000
Total Raised in 2011 $308,966
Total Votes received in 2011 8,457
Cost of each vote received $36.53


In 2007, a year in which Smith was up for election, he collected $210,109 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Louisiana Manufacturers Association $6,000
WEST PAC $5,000
Apollo Energy $5,000
Louisiana Dental Association $4,500
Louisiana Restaurant Association $3,750


Smith has a wife, Pamela Arnondin.

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