John Smithee

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John Smithee
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Texas State House, District 86
In office
1985 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 30
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
John Smithee is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 86 since 1985.

Smithee received his JD from Texas Tech University, and BBA from West Texas A&M (Agricultural and Mechanical) University. He is an attorney and businessman.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance, Chair
State Affairs


Smithee served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 272 - Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to the resolution of certain disputes concerning claims made to that association; providing penalties.
  • HB 1926 - Relating to the creation of an appellate judicial system for the Seventh Court of Appeals District.
  • HB 2733 - Relating to recovery under uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage.
  • HB 4339 - Relating to the establishment and operation of the unauthorized insurance guaranty fund.
  • HB 4344 - Relating to the regulation of premium rates for long-term care insurance.[2]


Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

Rep. John Smithee has been a frequent critic of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), the sole state insurer for wind and hail coverage for 14 coastal counties and part of Harris County.

Smithee, chair of the Texas House Insurance Committee, has referred to the association "as a house of cards" for its instability.[3] Smithee has proposed legislation, HB 272, that would reform TWIA.



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smithee ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 86. Smithee ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smithee won re-election in District 86 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 85
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Smithee (R) 32,375 100%


On November 4, 2008, Smithee won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 86th District, defeating James Wood (D) and Kevin Howell (L). Smithee received 47,031 votes in the election while Wood received 10,917 votes, and Howell received 1,820 votes.[7] Smithee raised $96,852 for his campaign; Wood raised $949.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 86
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Smithee (R) 47,031 78.68%
James Wood (D) 10,917 18.26%
Kevin Howell (L) 1,820 3.04%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Smithee received $78,245 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]


Below are Smithee's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Assoc of Realtors $5,000
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas $5,000
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists $2,500
Texas Dental Assoc $2,500
Tol Ware $2,000


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[11] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


John Smithee received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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