Tony Smith

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Tony Smith
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Mississippi State Senate, District 47
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next primaryAugust 4, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolOak Grove High School
Associate'sPearl River Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Tony Smith is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Smith is running for the Southern District seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission in the 2015 elections.[1] Smith is not running for re-election to the State Senate in 2015.

Smith has served as chairman of the Picayune School District's Board of Trustees.


Smith earned his B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi. His professional experience includes owning Stonewall's BBQ & Catering.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Local and Private, Vice Chair
Highways and Transportation
Public Health and Welfare
Public Property



See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015

Eleven state executive offices in Mississippi are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on August 4, 2015. Runoffs are scheduled for August 25 in case no candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one) of the popular vote in a given primary race. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:

See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2015

Lieutenant Governor
See also: Mississippi lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Attorney General
See also: Mississippi Attorney General election, 2015

Secretary of State
See also: Mississippi Secretary of State

State Treasurer
See also: Mississippi Treasurer election, 2015


See also: Mississippi Auditor election, 2015

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

Commissioner of Insurance

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance election, 2015

Public Service Commission (3 seats)

See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015
Northern District:

Central District:
Incumbent Lynn Posey (R) is not seeking re-election.

Southern District:
Incumbent Steve Renfroe (I) is not seeking re-election.


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Smith won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 47. He defeated incumbent Ezell Lee and challenger John McCay, Jr. in the primary on August 2, 2011. Mitch Ellerby ran unopposed in the Democratic primary but withdrew prior to the November 8, 2011 general election.[4][5]

Mississippi State Senate, District 47 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Smith 56.2% 3,378
Ezell Lee Incumbent 43.8% 2,633
Total Votes 6,011

Campaign donors


In 2011, Smith received $29,025 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tony Smith's campaign in 2011
Smith, Tony$2,000
Mississippi Bankers Association$2,000
Mississippi Association Of Realtors$1,500
Barbour, Henry$1,000
Executive Real Estate$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $29,025
Total Votes received in 2011 3,378
Cost of each vote received $8.59


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[7]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[8]


Smith has been a secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ezell Lee
Mississippi State Senate District 47
Succeeded by