Garry Smith, Arkansas Representative

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Garry Smith
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 7
Former officeholder
In office
2009 - January 10, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 19, 1951
Place of birthMena, Arkansas
ProfessionProfessor
ReligionAssembly of God
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Garry Smith was a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing the 7th District from 2009 to 2013. He is also currently a Justice of the Peace, District Number 1, in Ouachita County.

Smith works as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Southern Arkansas University Technical Institute, Camden. He is also the Manager/Owner of Garry's Plumbing and Electric, Incorporated.

Smith is a member of the Ouachita County Farm Bureau, Ouachita County Fire District Number 1 Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Ouachita County Cattleman's Association, Instructor - Arkansas Hunter Education Volunteer, and a Master Mason, Camden Lodge Number 1.[1]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Peer Review

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Local Government Personnel (Vice Chair)
  • Subcommittee on Waterways and Aeronautics

Issues

Lowery's answers to the Arkansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. He did not provide a response when asked his legislative priorities.[2]

Smith's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1026 - "TO REQUIRE THAT A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE OIL AND GAS COMMISSION BE EXPERIENCED IN THE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, AND TRANSPORTATION OF OIL AND GAS."
  • HB 1266 - "AN ACT CONCERNING DEATH AND DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR POLICE OFFICERS KILLED OR INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY."

For a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Following redistricting, Smith was placed in the same district as fellow Democratic incumbent David Fielding. Rather than compete in the primary, Smith instead chose to run for election to the Arkansas State Senate, District 27. He was defeated by representative Bobby Pierce in the May 22 Democratic primary.[3][4]

Arkansas State Senate District 27 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Pierce 52.1% 3,648
Garry Smith 47.9% 3,350
Total Votes 6,998

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith won re-election to the 7th district seat in 2010. He faced no opposition.[5]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Smith won election to the 7th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[6]

Smith raised $40,962 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

2010

Arkansas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Garry Smith, Arkansas Representative's campaign in 2010
Arkansas Health Care Association$2,000
Smith, Garry L$1,974
Arkansas Realtors Association$1,800
Miller Coors$1,000
Stephens Group$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $15,449

2008

Below are Smith's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
Garry L Smith $4,276
Garry Smith $3,000
Ernest Cunningham $2,000
Atla $2,000
Southern States Police Benevolent Assoc $1,326

Scorecard

Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[9] Smith received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 96th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Arkansas House District 7
2009–2013
Succeeded by
John Baine (D)