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John Arthur Smith
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New Mexico Senate District 35
Incumbent
In office
1989 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Mexico
Personal
ProfessionReal Estate Appraiser
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Arthur Smith (b. 1942) is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 1988.

Biography

Smith earned a B.S. from the University of New Mexico in 1966. His professional experience includes working as a Real Estate Appraiser.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013
Committees'
Finance, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

Issues

Land Grant fund

In January 2014, Smith opposed using the state's $12 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood education programs. The plan was supported by the party chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, who criticized Smith for failing to hold a State Senate hearing on the issue.[1] The criticism prompted a response from State Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. “For some member of our party to try to embarrass one of our Democratic members is not right... There’s no place for that on this floor," Sanchez said. Smith appreciated Sanchez's actions on the Senate floor. “I said to him, ‘You didn’t have to do that’ and he said, ‘I know,’ ” Smith said. “Michael Sanchez is absolutely right. Sometimes we don’t see eye to eye on some legislation. I have only respect for Michael Sanchez, for being ethical, honest and truthful. We need more of him.”[1]

Lawsuit against Gov. Martinez

Mimi Stewart, Henry Saavedra, John Arthur Smith and “Lucky” Varela filed two lawsuits against Gov. Susana Martinez over her line item vetoes in an unemployment bill and a housing bill.

Raul Burciaga, the director of the Legislative Council Service, told committee members of the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) May 19, 2011 that in his opinion two line-item vetoes made by Gov. Martinez violate the state’s constitution.

“Some of the governor’s vetoes seem to impinge on the legislature’s appropriation powers and plow new ground in a governor’s exercise of the veto authority,” said Burciaga.

That day, Gov. Martinez firmly said she disagreed.

“I could protest any governor doing this … it’s not partisan,” Sen. Stuart Ingle. “She’s a good governor … but it’s a little bit of stretch to do this.”

Burciaga testified that the veto Martinez made in unemployment bill H.B. 59 is part of a revenue bill and “did not authorize the expenditure of state money because that authorization was already in statute and not amended in this bill.” Burciaga said the veto is “unconstitutional and, hence, unenforceable.”

The second veto came when Gov. Martinez reduced an appropriation the legislature made to budget bill H.B. 2 from $150,000 to $50,000. Burciaga said that while state courts have not addressed the issue specifically, reducing “an item of appropriation is a legislative function that the governor has no power to do.”

“I think we need to challenge this in the courts,” Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela (D-Santa Fe) said.

“The main difficulty I have is changing the figure [from $150,000 down to $50,000 in HB2],” Ingle said, expressing concern that if the current partisan makeup of the Roundhouse were reversed, a future Democratic governor could assume greater power at the expense of the legislative branch. ”We just can’t go there.”[2][3]

Elections

2012

See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Smith ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated Larry P. Martinez in the June 5, 2012 Democratic primary and defeated Russell G. Allen in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Mexico State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Arthur Smith Incumbent 61% 10,446
     Democratic Russell G. Allen 39% 6,688
Total Votes 17,134
New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Arthur Smith Incumbent 56% 2,031
Larry P. Martinez 44% 1,596
Total Votes 3,627

2008

See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Smith was re-elected to District 35 in the New Mexico Senate. Smith had no challenger.[6]

Smith raised $70,856 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $270,341 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[8]

John Arthur Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Won $118,480
2010 New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $21,660
2008 New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Won $70,856
2006 New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $29,800
2004 New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Won $27,925
2000 New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Won $0
1992 New Mexico State Senate, District 35 Won $1,620
Grand Total Raised $270,341

2012

Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $118,480.
New Mexico State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Arthur Smith's campaign in 2012
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association$5,000
Associated Contractors of New Mexico$2,750
ConocoPhillips$2,600
Triple S Trucking$2,300
Aztec Well Servicing$2,300
Total Raised in 2012$118,480
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smith was not up for election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $21,660.

2008

Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $70,856.

2006

Smith was not up for election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $29,800.

2004

Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $27,925.

2000

Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $0.

1992

Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 1992. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $1,620.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in New Mexico

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 15 to March 16.[9] In 2014, the 51st New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 21 through February 20.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to the state’s wildlife and domesticated animals.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 50th New Mexico State Legislature, first session, was in session from January 18 through March 19.[10] In 2012, the 50th New Mexico State Legislature, second session, was in session from January 17 through February 16.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to the state’s wildlife and domesticated animals.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to the state’s wildlife and domesticated animals.

Personal

Smith has a wife, Janette.

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