|Arkansas House of Representatives District 80|
|January 10, 2011 - January 10, 2013|
|Per diem||$136/per day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 10, 2013|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||3 terms (6 years)|
Linda Collins-Smith was a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. She represented the 80th district from 2011 to 2013. Collins-Smith switched parties on August 10, 2011. At a news conference, she stated "I have not left the Democratic Party, but the party left me," complaining that the Democratic party had moved too far left for her to remain in the party.
Collins-Smith has worked as owner/operator of Days Inn and Suites of Pocahontas. She is also the president/founder of Randolph County Tourism.
Collins-Smith's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt:"I will fight to reduce government restrictions and put our citizens back to work."
- Excerpt:"The Constitution of the United States is the most sublime outline for benign human government ever devised. It should be required learning and taught repeatedly at every level of our educational systems, both public and private."
The People Rule
- Excerpt:"This is my pledge to you: I will not forget who elected me."
- Excerpt:"I will NEVER change what I stand for, or play with words, to gain a few votes."
Right to Life
- Excerpt:"I will never vote to allow tax dollars to be spent, directly or indirectly, to fund abortions, and I will always vote to restrict access to this barbaric practice."
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Collins-Smith served on these committees:
- Subcommittee on Finance
- Subcommittee on Income Taxes-Personal and Corporate, Vice Chair
- See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012
Following redistricting, Collins-Smith was placed in the same district as Republican incumbent Lori Benedict. She decided to run for District 19 of the Arkansas State Senate, instead of running for re-election. She ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent David Wyatt in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|Arkansas State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||David Wyatt Incumbent||51.2%||15,442|
|Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80 General Election (2010)|
|Linda Collins-Smith (D)||4,195|
|Keith Sloan (R)||3,877|
|Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80 Democratic Primary (2010)|
|Linda Collins-Smith (D)||2,901|
|Jan Ziegler (D)||2,598|
In 2010, Collins-Smith raised $78,114 in contributions. 
Her three largest contributors were:
|Arkansas Democratic Party||$2,500|
Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard
The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute. Collins-Smith received a score of 69% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 46th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.
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Collins-Smith is married.
- Linda Collins-Smith's campaign website
- House website
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- ↑ The Washington Examiner, Ark. rep. switches to GOP from Democratic party, Aug. 10, 2011
- ↑ "lindacollins-smith," Official Campaign Website
- ↑ Arkansas Secretary of State "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 7, 2012
- ↑ Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
- ↑ Arkansas Secretary of State - Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Primary results
- ↑ Arkansas Matters, General election results
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Advance Arkansas Institute, "Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard 2012"
|Arkansas House District 80
| Succeeded by|
Charlene Fite (R)
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