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Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative

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Garry Smith
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South Carolina House District 27
Assumed office
Current term ends
November 8, 2012
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Website Official 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

Subcommittee on Constitutional Laws, Member


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]



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[2].

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.[3]

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

Campaign donors


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

His major contributors are listed below.[4]

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


Smith and his wife, Brenda, have two children.

External links

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