Greg Smith (Kansas)

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Greg Smith
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Kansas State Senate District 21
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
2011-2013
Education
Bachelor'sAvila University (2006)
Associate'sJohnson County Community College (2003)
Master'sAvila University (2010)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Personal
BirthdayOctober 8, 1959
Place of birthEmporia, Kansas
ProfessionTeacher
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
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]

Issues

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

2013-2014

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
Utilities

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012

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

2010

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

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Smith raised $27,199 in contributions. [6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Kansas Republican Party $2,000
Kansas Chamber Of Commerce & Industry $1,000
Koch Industries $1,000
Lewis, John $1,000

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Personal

Smith and his wife Melissa have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Taddiken (R)
Kansas State Senate District 21
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Lisa Benlon (D)
Kansas House of Representatives District 22
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Nancy Lusk (D)