Greg Smith (Kansas)
|Kansas State Senate District 21|
|January 14, 2013 - Present|
|January 9, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Kansas House of Representatives District 22|
|Bachelor's||Avila University (2006)|
|Associate's||Johnson County Community College (2003)|
|Master's||Avila University (2010)|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Birthday||October 8, 1959|
|Place of birth||Emporia, Kansas|
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.
Smith's website highlights the following campaign themes:
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."
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:
|Kansas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Corrections and Juvenile Justice|
|• Energy and Utilities|
|• Special Claims Against the State|
|• Veterans, Military and Homeland Security|
- 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.
|Kansas State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012|
|Kansas State Senate, District 21 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 22 General Election (2010)|
|Greg Smith (R)||2,955|
|Lisa Benlon (D)||2,844|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Smith raised $27,199 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|Kansas Republican Party||$2,000|
|Kansas Chamber Of Commerce & Industry||$1,000|
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Smith and his wife Melissa have four children.
- Official campaign website
- Official House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- "gregsmith4kansas," Official Campaign Website
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2012 Primary (official)," retrieved July 4, 2012.
- Kansas Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- ‘’Kansas Secretary of State, “2012 Kansas General Election Results,” accessed November 7, 2012
- Official Kansas House of Representatives General Election Results, 2010
- 2010 contributions
Mark Taddiken (R)
|Kansas State Senate District 21
| Succeeded by|
Lisa Benlon (D)
|Kansas House of Representatives District 22
| Succeeded by|
Nancy Lusk (D)
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