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*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=125050 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=125050 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=125050 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=126707 2010]
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=152730 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=126707 2010]

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Greg Smith
Greg Smith.jpg
Kansas State Senate District 21
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
Base salary$88.50/day
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kansas House of Representatives District 22
Bachelor'sAvila University (2006)
Associate'sJohnson County Community College (2003)
Master'sAvila University (2010)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
BirthdayOctober 8, 1959
Place of birthEmporia, Kansas
Office website
Campaign website
Greg Smith (b. October 8, 1959) is a Republican member of the Kansas State Senate, representing District 21 since 2013. He previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 22 from 2011 to 2013.

Smith formerly served in the United States Navy Submarine Service, and was honorably discharged in November 1989. In 1990, Greg began a law enforcement career which continued until 2008. He began as a deputy sheriff in Berkeley County, South Carolina, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. In 2007, Smith's daughter Kelsey was abducted from a department store and later murdered. This tragedy led Greg and his wife Missey to become tireless advocates of victims rights. The Kelsey Smith Act, passed in 2009, was sponsored by Rep. Rob Olson, and allows law enforcement to quickly utilize cell phone location information to aid in finding persons in danger of serious bodily harm or death. Greg also advocated and lobbied for broader use of the grand jury in Kansas, supporting HB 2226, sponsored by Rep. Lance Kinzer. In honor of their daughter, Greg and Missey started the Kelsey Smith Foundation,® which provides education in safety awareness and victim’s rights, as well as informing the general public on violent crime issues.

In 2006, Smith graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Avila University. Greg then earned his teaching certification in Social Studies in 2007. Greg also earned a Master's Degree in Education, graduating summa cum laude in June 2010.[1]


Campaign themes

Smith's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

On the side of Johnson County Schools

  • Excerpt:"Money allocated to schools is not being spent in our students best interest. Greg's experience in the classroom allows him to work for our kids, not special interest groups."

On the side of Johnson County taxpayers

  • Excerpt:"Greg voted to pass a tax cut that will jump start the business community by eliminating income tax on small business owners. Families will receive an instant pay raise."

On the side of Johnson County families

  • Excerpt:"Greg has been a leader by working to keep our streets safe, equipping our police with the tools they need to do their job, and by keeping violent criminals behind bars."

On the side of Leadership

  • Excerpt:"Greg has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that benefits all Kansans."

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Judiciary, Vice-chair
Natural Resources
Ethics, Elections and Local Government


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



See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Smith won election in the 2012 election for Kansas State Senate District 21. Smith defeated Joe Beveridge in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Juanita Roy (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Kansas State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Smith 53.2% 17,527
     Democratic Juanita Roy 46.8% 15,441
Total Votes 32,968

Kansas State Senate, District 21 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Smith 52.1% 3,581
Joe Beveridge 47.9% 3,290
Total Votes 6,871


Smith defeated incumbent Lisa Benlon (D) in the November 2 general election.[5]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 22 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Smith (R) 2,955
Lisa Benlon (D) 2,844

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $125,712 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/4/2013.[6]

Greg Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State Senate, District 21 Won $98,513
2010 Kansas State House, District 22 Won $27,199
Grand Total Raised $125,712


Smith won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $98,513.
Kansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Greg Smith (Kansas)'s campaign in 2012
Crossland Construction Co$2,500
Hodgdon, Anne$2,000
Hodgdon, John$2,000
Kansas Optometric Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$98,513
Source:Follow the Money


Smith won election to the Kansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $27,199.


Kansas Freedom Index

The Kansas Policy Institute, Kansas’s "first free market think tank," releases its legislator scorecard as a part of its Kansas Freedom Index for Kansas state representatives and senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score from 1%-100% based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Kansas Policy Institute thought were pro-limited government policies.[7]


Greg Smith received a score of 69.0% in the 2013 index.[8]

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Smith and his wife Melissa have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Taddiken (R)
Kansas State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lisa Benlon (D)
Kansas House of Representatives District 22
Succeeded by
Nancy Lusk (D)