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==District 17==
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Bob Smith
Bob Smith.jpg
New Jersey State Senate District 17
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 13
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
Mayor, Piscataway Township
Bachelor'sUniversity of Scranton, 1969
Master'sRutgers University, 1973 and University of Scranton, 1970
J.D.Seton Hall University School of Law, 1981
Date of birthMarch 25, 1947
Place of birthScranton, PA
Office website
Personal website
Bob Smith is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Smith include Senate Bill 241 and Senate Bill 694.[1]

Smith was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1986 to 2001 and served as Deputy Minority Leader.[2]


Smith graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Scranton. He later graduated with M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Scranton and Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He later obtained a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.[3] Smith is an attorney for his law firm, Bob Smith and Associates.

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Smith ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 17. Smith was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Brian D. Levine (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4][5]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Smith won re-election to the District 17 State Senate seat in the 2011 election. He ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Smith defeated Jordan Rickards (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [6]

New Jersey State Senate District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Smith Incumbent 64% 15,507
     Republican Jordan Rickards 36% 8,715
Total Votes 24,222


In 2007, Smith was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 17. Smith (D) finished with 16,898 votes and was followed by John Costello (R) with 10,506 votes. Smith raised $848,585 for his campaign fund. [7]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 17 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Smith (D) 16,898
John Costello (R) 10,506

Campaign donors


In 2011, Smith received $676,008 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob Smith, New Jersey Senator's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Democratic Party$9,529
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$7,500
Developers PAC$6,500
Feist Engineering Inc$5,200
Total Raised in 2011 $676,008
Total Votes received in 2011 15,507
Cost of each vote received $43.59

District 17 ranked tenth in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 17 raised $1,147,997--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 17 number ten in fundraising for the 2011 election season.[9]


In 2007, Smith collected $848,585 in donations.[10]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Election Fund of Joseph V Egan $8,538
New Jersey State Laborers $8,200
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters $6,000
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer $5,200
International Brotherhood of Teamsters $5,000



Smith was endorsed by:


Smith and his wife, Ellen, have two children. They currently reside in Piscataway Township, New Jersey.

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