Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative
|South Carolina House District 27|
|2002 - Present|
|November 10, 2014|
|Years in position||13|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
- 1 Education
- 2 Professional experience
- 3 Political experience
- 4 Committee assignments
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Scorecards
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Smith has worked in the following positions: Managing Partner of Nin Tai Enterprises, Vice President of Burkhold Smith Planning & Management, and as a businessman.
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Ways and Means|
|• Operations and Management, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Operations and Management, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
|South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Judiciary, Vice Chair|
|• Operations and Management|
|• Ways and Means|
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.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 27, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Garry Smith Incumbent||98.6%||13,277|
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 27 (2010)|
|Garry Smith (R)||10,081||86.94%|
|Laird Minor (L)||1,472||12.69%|
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.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 27 (2008)|
|Gary Smith (R)||14,859|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, he collected $35,239 in donations.
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 different donors each donated:||$1,000|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Scorecard for South Carolina Representatives and Senators once a year. The Scorecard gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."
Garry Smith received a score of 47% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 6th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members. His score was followed by representatives Wendy Nanney (40%), Lewis Pinson (40%), and Alan D. Clemmons (33%).
Smith and his wife, Brenda, have two children.
- South Carolina House of Representative - Rep. Garry Smith
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- "Nothing for Certain with Administration Agency," The Nerve, April 1, 2011
- AP.org "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results" Accessed November 7, 2012
- South Carolina State Election Commission "2012 Candidates," Accessed April 19, 2012
- South Carolina general election results
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- 2010 campaign contributions
- Campaign contributors to Garry Smith
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina House Score Card 2012, 2012
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 27
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State of South Carolina
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