Gary Smith, Jr.

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Gary Smith, Jr.
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Louisiana State Senate, District 19
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 19, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Louisiana House Of Representatives
2000-2012
Personal
ProfessionAttorney/Businessmen
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Gary Smith, Jr. (b. August 27, 1972) is a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Smith served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 56 from 2000 to 2012.

Biography

Smith's professional experience includes working as an attorney with Sole Piad, manager of Magnolia Holdings Incorporated, and Associate, Business Attorney, and Law Clerk for Tareza & Gelderman, Limited Liability Company.

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Elections

2011

See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Smith announced in early August that he was seeking the District 19 seat in the Louisiana State Senate. The seat was open because Sen. Joel Chaisson reached his term limit.[1] Smith defeated Garrett Monti (R) in the primary election on October 22, 2011. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reaches this threshold, then a general election would have taken place on November 19, 2011 between the top-two vote getters.[2]

Louisiana State Senate District 19 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Smith, Jr. 59.5% 16,501
     Republican Garrett Monti 40.5% 11,215
Total Votes 27,716

Races to watch

On September 12, 2011, Bayou Buzz issued a report on the top five Louisiana Senate races to watch. The race between Smith and Monti was ranked as number 1. While Smith received the support of retiring Senate President Joel Chaisson and was initially considered to be a clear replacement, the report cited Monti as gaining ground because of Smith's status as an insider.[3]

2007

In 2007, Smith, Jr. was re-elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. He defeated Ram G. Ramachandran.[4]

Louisiana House of Representatives General Election, District 56 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Smith, Jr. (D) 8,591
Ram G. Ramachandran (D) 6,316

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Smith received $597,634 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Smith, Jr.'s campaign in 2011
Smith Jr, Gary L$300,000
Louisiana Democratic Party$17,544
Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana$11,000
House Of Representatives Operating Account$5,681
Louisiana Dental Association$4,750
Total Raised in 2011 $597,634
Total Votes received in 2011 16,501
Cost of each vote received $36.22

2007

In 2007, a year in which Smith, Jr. was up for election, he collected $207,742 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Louisiana House Democratic Campaign Committee $30,596
House of Representatives Operating Account $8,558
Crescent River Port Pilots Association $3,250
Louisiana Realtor Association $3,000

Personal

Smith is a member of the Lions Club, 29th Judicial District Court Bar Association, Norco Civic Association, First Baptist Church of Norco, American Bar Association, Ducks Unlimited, Federal Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, and the New Orleans Bar Association.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joel Chaisson
Louisiana State Senate District 19
2012–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Louisiana House of Representatives District 56
2000–2012
Succeeded by
Gregory Miller