Gary Smith, Jr.
|Gary Smith, Jr.|
|Louisiana State Senate, District 19|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 19, 2011|
|First elected||November 19, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Term limits||3 terms (12 years)|
|Louisiana House Of Representatives|
Smith served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 56 from 2000 to 2012.
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.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
- Insurance, Vice Chairman
- Judiciary B
- Revenue & Fiscal Affairs
- Transportation, Highways & Public Works
- Joint Legislative Capital Outlay
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
- Administration of Criminal Justice
- Joint Legislative Budget Committee
- Capital Outlay
- Subcommittee on Business Development (Chair)
- Subcommittee on Public Safety and Corrections
- 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. 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.
|Louisiana State Senate District 19 Blanket Primary, 2011|
|Democratic||Gary Smith, Jr.||59.5%||16,501|
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.
|Louisiana House of Representatives General Election, District 56 (2007)|
|Gary Smith, Jr. (D)||8,591|
|Ram G. Ramachandran (D)||6,316|
In 2011, Smith received $597,634 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
In 2007, a year in which Smith, Jr. was up for election, he collected $207,742 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2007 were:
|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|
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.
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- Sen. Smith's website
- Campaign website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- Houma Today, "St. Charles lawmaker to run for state Senate," August 4, 2011
- Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results," October 22, 2011
- Bayou Buzz "Vitter, Jindal Ready To Hammer And Louisiana Legislative Races To Watch," September 12, 2011
- Official Louisiana House of Representatives 2007 General Election Results
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- Follow the Money Campaign Contributions, 2007
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Smith
|Louisiana State Senate District 19
| Succeeded by|
|Louisiana House of Representatives District 56
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