Stephen Smith (Wisconsin)

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Stephen Smith
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 75
Incumbent
In office
January 7, 2013 – present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sUW Center – Barron County (1971)
Bachelor'sUniversity Of Wisconsin – Superior (1973)
Personal
ProfessionMajority Owner, Rainbow Home Center, Inc.
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Stephen Smith is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 75. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Smith earned his associate's degree from the UW Center at Barron County in 1971 and his bachelor's degree from the University Of Wisconsin–Superior in 1973.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Rural Affairs
Small Business Development

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Smith's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I believe that the real job creators are people just like you and me who buy products off store shelves every single day. That's how we're going to fix our economy; by being able to buy things off of our want-to list, not just our have-to list."

Education and Schools

  • Excerpt: "Our property tax dollars are going to be making up the difference for these voucher schools, and it's going to hurt our kids, our schools, and our pocketbooks. We can't afford to fund two separate school systems when we can barely afford the one we have now."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Every citizen in Wisconsin deserves the right to have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Had our state's leadership not turned down the federal medicaid expansion, an additional 85,000 people could have been covered by BadgerCare. Instead, the Wisconsin taxpayers are stuck with the bill, paying an additional $119 million that could have been put to good use elsewhere. We can't let our current state leadership keep playing politics with our health."

Protecting Agriculture

  • Excerpt: "We need to do all we can to promote and protect Wisconsin’s agriculture. Wisconsin’s $60 billion agriculture and food sector accounts for 10% of the jobs in the state. I have a proven track record of standing up for farmers and rural Wisconsin."

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Stephen Smith was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Romaine Quinn defeated Ken Mandley in the Republican primary. Smith faced Quinn in the general election.[2][3][4] The challenger, Romaine Quinn, defeated Smith in the general election.[5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 75 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRomaine Quinn 54.9% 11,730
     Democratic Stephen Smith Incumbent 45.1% 9,643
Total Votes 21,373
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 75 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRomaine Robert Quinn 64.9% 2,231
Ken Mandley 35.1% 1,208
Total Votes 3,439

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Smith won election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 75. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated incumbent Roger Rivard (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 75, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Roger Rivard Incumbent 48.8% 13,841
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Smith 51% 14,456
     - Scattering 0.1% 37
Total Votes 28,334

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $72,192 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.[8]

Stephen Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 75 Won $72,192
Grand Total Raised $72,192

2012

Smith won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $72,192.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Stephen Smith's campaign in 2012
Smith, Stephen J$6,785
Wisconsin Federation of Teachers$1,000
Kratochvil, Mary Jo$850
Assembly Democratic Campaign Cmte of Wisconsin$570
Citizens for Peter Barca$500
Total Raised in 2012$72,192
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.

Legislators are scored on their stances on voting, money in politics and democracy reform legislation.
Legislators are scored on "how well [their votes] represented the priorities of the MMAC."
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against NPCW's position.
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Legislators are scored on their stances on conservation issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation WMC deemed as "most important issues for the business community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation that "impact Wisconsin's law enforcement community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental bills.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Rivard (R)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 75
2013–present
Succeeded by
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