Susan Bitter Smith

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Susan Bitter Smith
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Arizona Corporation Commission
In office
Term ends
Years in position 2
Chair, Arizona Corporation Commission
2015 - present
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$230,642
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Master'sArizona State University
ProfessionExecutive Director, Arizona-New Mexico Cable Communications Association
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Susan Bitter Smith is a Republican member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state body charged with regulating the state's utility companies.[1]


Smith is the Executive Director of the Arizona-New Mexico Cable Communications Association, a position she has held since 1980. Born and raised in Arizona, she has served on the Scottsdale City Council and was Vice Mayor. She has been elected to two consecutive six-year terms on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors, and was a the first woman to serve as President of the Board.[2]


  • Bachelor's in Business Administration, Arizona State University
  • Master's in Business Administration, Arizona State University

Political career

Arizona Corporation Commission (2012-Present)

Smith was first elected in 2012.



See also: Arizona down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Smith ran for Arizona Corporation Commission in 2012.[3] A total of three seats were up for election on the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2012. Incumbent Bob Stump and candidate Robert Burns ran in the August 28 Republican primary. Smith won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Arizona Corporation Commission General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Newman Incumbent 15.5% 868,726
     Democratic Sandra Kennedy Incumbent 15.4% 862,876
     Democratic Marcia Busching 13.8% 776,472
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Stump Incumbent 17.5% 979,034
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Burns 16.8% 943,157
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bitter Smith 16.7% 935,575
     Libertarian Christopher Gohl 2% 112,490
     Green Daniel Pout 1% 58,607
     Green Thomas Meadows 1.2% 67,950
     Write-in Various 0.1% 3,784
Total Votes 5,608,671
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

Arizona Corporation Commission-Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Stump Incumbent 34.9% 280,838
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Burns 31.7% 255,367
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bitter Smith 32.9% 264,545
Write-in 0.5% 3,887
Total Votes 804,637
Election Results via The Arizona Secretary of State.

Incumbents Paul Newman and Sandra Kennedy, as well as Marcia Busching, ran in the Democratic primary.[4] Smith won election in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bitter Smith is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bitter Smith raised a total of $230,642 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[5]

Susan Bitter Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona Corporation Commissioner Won $230,642
Grand Total Raised $230,642

Susan Bitter Smith won election to the position of Arizona Corporation Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Susan Bitter Smith raised a total of $230,642.


Smith is married and has two children.[2]

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