|California State Assembly District 38|
|Base salary||$95,290.56 per year|
|Per diem||$141.86 per day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||3 terms (6 years)|
|Santa Clarita City Council|
Smyth currently works as a self-employed Consultant. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Pete Knight from 1996-2000, Campaign Manager on the 1996 Pete Knight for Senate campaign, and as a field representative for the California Republican Party.
He was a member of the Santa Clarita City Council from 2000-2006, serving as Mayor from 2003-06.
Smyth is a member of the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Betty Ferguson Foundation, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees, and Zonta Club of Santa Clarita.
Smyth will be ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits. He has decided to retire from public office, rather than try for election to the California State Senate.
Political courage test
Smyth did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
Smyth voted against the $12.5 billion tax increase approved by the California State Legislature in February 2009. As a result, he was targeted for opposition by the Fair Budget Coalition which is made up of public employee unions, including AFSCME, the California School Employee Association (CSEA) and the California Federation of Teachers.
Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Smyth ranked as a 14.
Smyth's sponsored legislation includes:
- AB 40 - Water: reasonable use: electrical generation
- AB 233 - Personal income tax: deductions: pet adoption
- AB 937 - Destructive devices: registration
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smyth served on these committees:
- Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee, California General Assembly
- Health Committee, California General Assembly
- Legislative Audit Committee, California Legislature
- Local Government Committee, California General Assembly, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smyth served on these committees:
- Business and Professions Committee, California General Assembly
- Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, California General Assembly
- Select Committee on Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry
- Utilities and Commerce Committee, California General Assembly (Vice Chair)
- Select Committee on Wine
Smyth announced in early 2012 that he would not run for election to the California State Senate in 2012. Smyth is ineligible to run for re-election to the State Assembly because of term limits. However, speculation had been that Smyth would make an attempt for the State Senate. However, he instead decided to leave public life entirely, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
Smyth won re-election to the 38th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Democrat Diana G. Shaw and Libertarian Peggy Christensen in the November 2 general election.
|California State Assembly, District 38 General Election (2010)|
|Cameron Smyth (R)||83,854|
|Diana G. Shaw (D)||55,062|
|Peggy Christensen (L)||9,015|
In 2008 Smyth was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 38. Smyth (R) finished with 103,761 votes while her opponent Carole Lutness (D) finished with 84,936 votes.
|California State Assembly District 38|
|Cameron Smyth (R)||103,761|
|Carole Lutness (D)||84,936|
In 2010, Smyth raised $482,394 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|California Association Of Realtors||$7,800|
Below are Smyth's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|CA Medical Assoc||$14,400|
|CA Dental Assoc||$8,500|
|Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians||$7,200|
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Smyth was named Legislator of the Year for 2009 by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. He received the award because of his efforts to restore funding for domestic violence programs after the Governor's line-item veto.
- Official website of Cameron Smyth
- Legislative profile of Cameron Smyth on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Cameron Smyth on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Smyth
- Sacramento Bee, "Walters: California Democrats set to boost state Senate clout," February 22, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Smyth Issue Positions
- Santa Clarita Valley Signal, "Political ‘hit mail’ misses its targets," July 3, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California State Assembly election results
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
- KHTS, "Smyth Named Legislator Of Year By Domestic Violence Coalition," February 14, 2010
|California State Assembly District 38
| Succeeded by|
Scott Wilk (R)
State of California
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