John Smithee

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John Smithee
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Texas House of Representatives, District 86
Incumbent
In office
1985 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 29
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1984
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWest Texas A&M University
J.D.Texas Tech University
Personal
Birthday09/07/1951
ProfessionAttorney and businessman
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John T. Smithee (b. September 7, 1951) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 86. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984.

Biography

Smithee received his J.D. from Texas Tech University, and BBA from West Texas A&M (Agricultural and Mechanical) University. He is an attorney and businessman.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance, Chair
State Affairs

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smithee served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smithee served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

Rep. John Smithee has been a frequent critic of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), the sole state insurer for wind and hail coverage for 14 coastal counties and part of Harris County.

Smithee, chair of the Texas House Insurance Committee, has referred to the association "as a house of cards" for its instability.[2] Smithee has proposed legislation, HB 272, that would reform TWIA.

  • HB 272 - Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to the resolution of certain disputes concerning claims made to that association; providing penalties.
  • HB 1926 - Relating to the creation of an appellate judicial system for the Seventh Court of Appeals District.
  • HB 2733 - Relating to recovery under uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage.
  • HB 4339 - Relating to the establishment and operation of the unauthorized insurance guaranty fund.
  • HB 4344 - Relating to the regulation of premium rates for long-term care insurance.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent John Smithee was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smithee ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 86. Smithee ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smithee won re-election in District 86 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 85
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Smithee (R) 32,375 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 86th District, defeating James Wood (D) and Kevin Howell (L). Smithee received 47,031 votes in the election while Wood received 10,917 votes, and Howell received 1,820 votes.[7] Smithee raised $96,852 for his campaign; Wood raised $949.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 86
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Smithee (R) 47,031 78.68%
James Wood (D) 10,917 18.26%
Kevin Howell (L) 1,820 3.04%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smithee is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Smithee raised a total of $516,071 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[9]

John Smithee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 86 Won $112,025
2010 Texas State House, District 86 Won $78,245
2008 Texas State House, District 86 Won $96,852
2006 Texas State House, District 86 Won $61,810
2004 Texas State House, District 86 Won $42,575
2002 Texas State House, District 86 Won $47,748
2000 Texas State House, District 86 Won $37,050
1998 Texas State House, District 86 Won $39,766
Grand Total Raised $516,071

2012

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $112,025.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Smithee's campaign in 2012
Texas Optometric Association$10,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$5,000
Texas State Farm Agents$5,000
Texas Credit Union League$5,000
USAA$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$112,025
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $78,245.

2008

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $96,852.

2006

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $61,810.

2004

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $42,575.

2002

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $47,748.

2000

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $37,050.

1998

Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Smithee raised a total of $39,766.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[11]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Smithee received a score of 66.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C that Smithee received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

John Smithee received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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