Garry Smith, Arkansas Representative
|Arkansas House of Representatives District 7|
|2009 - January 10, 2013|
|Per diem||$136/per day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Term limits||3 terms (6 years)|
|Birthday||October 19, 1951|
|Place of birth||Mena, Arkansas|
|Religion||Assembly of God|
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.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Peer Review
- Joint Energy Committee, Arkansas Assembly
- Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, Arkansas House
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:
- City, County and Local Affairs Committee, Arkansas House
- Public Transportation Committee, Arkansas House
- Subcommittee on Local Government Personnel (Vice Chair)
- Subcommittee on Waterways and Aeronautics
Lowery's answers to the Arkansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. He did not provide a response when asked his legislative priorities.
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.
- 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.
|Arkansas State Senate District 27 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Smith won re-election to the 7th District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition.
Smith raised $40,962 for his campaign.
|Arkansas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Garry Smith, Arkansas Representative's campaign in 2010|
|Arkansas Healthcare Association||$2,000|
|Smith, Garry L||$1,974|
|Arkansas Realtors Association||$1,800|
|Total Raised in 2010||$15,449|
Below are Smith's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Garry L Smith||$4,276|
|Southern States Police Benevolent Assoc||$1,326|
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. 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. Smith received a score of 39% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 95th out of 99 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.
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- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2004
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- [http://www.swtimes.com/state_news/article_669ff63a-ba5e-11e0-96de-001cc4c002e0.html Southwest Times "State District Maps OK’d," July 30, 2011.
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Arkansas State Primary Election, May 22, 2012," accessed July 11, 2012
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed December 13, 2013
- 2008 general election results, Arkansas
- Arkansas House spending, 2008
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Advance Arkansas Institute, "Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
|Arkansas House District 7
| Succeeded by|
John Baine (D)
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