Wayne Smith

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Wayne Smith
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Texas House of Representatives, District 128
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday08/17/1943
ProfessionCivil engineer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Wayne Smith (b. August 17, 1943) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 128. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Smith is a civil engineer and President of Wayne Smith and Associates, Incorporated. He has also worked as a public land surveyor and served in the United States Army.

Smith is the Construction Chair of the Board of Directors of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, Director of the Coastal Water Authority, and Director of the Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
Licensing & Administrative Procedures, Chair

2011-2012

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

Issues

  • HB 1677 - Relating to notice by a governmental entity regarding certain geospatial data products.
  • HB 2649 - Relating to the regulation and practice of engineering.
  • HB 3917 - Relating to the creation and administration of the Texas Local Participation Transportation Program.
  • HB 4322 - Relating to the imposition of county or municipal occupation taxes on certain coin-operated amusement gaming devices[2]

Campaign themes

2014

Smith's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

Jobs, Taxes & the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Strongly oppose a state income tax. Supports reduced government spending, and lower taxes to encourage job growth."

Election Integrity

  • Excerpt: "Strongly support legislation that would require a valid Texas Photo ID to vote."

Veterans

  • Excerpt: "Helped pass property tax exemptions for disabled veterans. Co-authored legislation that created the Texas Vietnam Memorial at the State Capitol."

Port of Houston/ Houston Ship Channel

  • Excerpt: "Authored and passed legislation that allows the Port of Houston Authority to use existing Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) security and communication systems to better protect the Houston Ship Channel."

Hurricane Preparedness

  • Excerpt: "Served on a select committee to review local government response to Hurricane Ike."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take 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 will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Wayne Smith was unopposed in the Republican primary. Smith will face Ken Lowder (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 128. The primary election took place on May 29, 2012 and he was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith won re-election in District 128. 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 128
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Smith (R) 21,131 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Smith won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 128th District, receiving 28,439 votes without opposition.[7] He raised $209,620 for his campaign.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 128
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wayne Smith (R) 28,439 100.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $1,171,105 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[9]

Wayne Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 128 Won $219,203
2010 Texas State House, District 128 Won $173,767
2008 Texas State House, District 128 Won $209,620
2006 Texas State House, District 128 Won $119,955
2004 Texas State House, District 128 Won $188,157
2002 Texas State House, District 128 Won $260,403
Grand Total Raised $1,171,105

2012

Smith won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $219,203.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wayne Smith's campaign in 2012
Andrews & Kurth$4,500
Waste Management$4,000
Associated General Contractors Of Texas$4,000
Hillco Partners$3,000
Waste Control Specialists LLC$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$219,203
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smith won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $173,767.

2008

Smith won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $209,620.

2006

Smith won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $119,955.

2004

Smith won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $188,157.

2002

Smith won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $260,403.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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.

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."[12] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Smith received a score of 31.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of D+ that Smith received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Wayne Smith received a grade of D+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Smith and his wife, Brenda, have two children.

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Texas House District 128
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