Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative

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Garry Smith
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South Carolina House District 27
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Garry R. Smith (b. March 4, 1957) is a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 27.

Education

Smith earned his B.A. 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

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

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]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarry Smith Incumbent 98.6% 13,277
     Other Write-Ins 1.4% 184
Total Votes 13,461

2010

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[4].

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%

2008

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.[5]

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $142,476 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[6]

Garry Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 28 Won $31,000
2010 South Carolina State House, District 28 Won $35,239
2008 South Carolina State House, District 28 Won $13,204
2006 South Carolina State House, District 28 Won $27,418
2004 South Carolina State House, District 28 Won $35,615
Grand Total Raised $142,476

2012

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $31,000.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Bankers Association$1,000
Farago, Paul R$1,000
Brenda & Terry L & A Bragg$1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina$1,000
South Carolina Leadership Pac$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$31,000
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $35,239.

2008

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $13,204.

2006

Smith won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $27,418.

2004

Smith won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $35,615.

Scorecards

The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard

See also: The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

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."[7]

2012

Garry Smith received a score of 47% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 6th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[8] His score was followed by representatives Wendy Nanney (40%), Lewis Pinson (40%), and Alan D. Clemmons (33%).[9]

Personal

Smith and his wife, Brenda, have two children.

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Preceded by
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 27
2002–present
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