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Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative

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Garry Smith
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South Carolina House District 27
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2012
Years in position 13
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$119/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Garry Smith (b. March 4, 1957) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 27.


Smith earned his BA from the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 1979. He went on to receive his MPA from the University of South Carolina in 1983.

Professional experience

Smith has worked in the following positions: Managing Partner of Nin Tai Enterprises, Vice President of Burkhold Smith Planning & Management, and as a businessman.

Political experience

Smith served as Administrator for Bamberg County from 1988 to 1992. He then served as City Administrator of Simpsonville from 1992 to 1995. In May of 2003, he won a special election to the South Carolina House of Representatives. He has served in that position since, representing the 27th District.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith has been appointed to the following committees:

  • Subcommittee on Special Laws, Chair


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

Subcommittee on Constitutional Laws


Department of Administration

Rep. Smith sponsored a bill to create a the Department of Administration in South Carolina. The department would not replace the state Budget and Control Board. Smith said that it would create hundreds of thousands of dollars in new, annually recurring costs while generating an undetermined amount of yearly savings.

Supporters of the bill say it will help undo an imbalance of power in state government weighted heavily toward the Legislature, and they point to the Budget and Control Board (BCB) as an example of that lopsidedness.[1]



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12.[2]


Simth ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary for District 27 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Smith defeated Laird Minor (L) in the general election on November 2[3].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 27 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Garry Smith (R) 10,081 86.94%
Laird Minor (L) 1,472 12.69%
Write-In 43 0.37%


On November 4, 2008 Smith won re-election unopposed to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 14,859 votes, representing District 27. 

Smith raised $13,204 for his campaign.[4]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 27 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Smith (R) 14,859

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, he collected $35,239 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

South Carolina House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative's campaign in 2010
House Republican Caucus Of South Carolina$5,000
South Carolina Trucking Association$1,000
Palmetto Patriot Leadership Cmte$1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of South Carolina$1,000
Whittle Jr, Mack$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $35,239


Smith raised $13,204 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
6 different donors each donated: $1,000


Smith and his wife, Brenda, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Carolina House of Representatives District 27
Succeeded by