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John Arthur Smith

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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$153/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 is a Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate. Smith was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 2002 but was not elected. He joined the New Mexico State Senate in 1989. He has served in that position since, representing the 35th district.

Smith is a Real Estate Appraiser.

Smith earned his BS from the University of New Mexico in 1966.

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

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.”[1][2]

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.[3][4]

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

On November 4, 2008, Smith was re-elected to the 35th district in the New Mexico Senate. Smith had no challenger. [5]

Smith raised $70,856 for his campaign.[6]

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.[7]

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
Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $118,480. 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. Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $70,856. 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. Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $27,925. Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $0. Smith won re-election to the New Mexico State Senate in 1992. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $1,620.

Personal

Smith has a wife, Janette.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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New Mexico State Senate District 35
1989–present
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