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  |Name = Ralph Smith
political position  = Virginia Senate District 22 |
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incumbency          = Incumbent |
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  |Position = Virginia Senate District 19
assumed office     = 2008 |
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  |Status = Incumbent
term ends          = 2009 |
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  |Tenure = 2008 - Present
political party    = [[Republican]] |
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  |Term ends = January 11, 2016
  profession          = CEO  |
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  |Assumed office = 2008
website             = [http://www.ralphsmithsenate.com/ Official website] |
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  |Political party = Republican
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}}{{tnr}}'''Ralph Smith''' has been a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Virginia Senate]] since 2008, representing the 22nd district.
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  |Last election = [[Virginia State Senate elections, 2011|November 8, 2011]]
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  |Birthday = 07/19/1942
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  |Place of birth = Roanoke, VA
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  |Profession = CEO   
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  |Religion = Baptist
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  |Office website = http://apps.lis.virginia.gov/sfb1/Senate/senatorwebprofile.aspx?id=211
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{{tnr}}'''Ralph Smith''' has been a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]] since 2008.  He formerly represented the 22nd district but was displaced to the 19th by the 2010 redistricting.
  
 
Smith attended Nashville Auto Diesel College. He was the former mayor of Roanoke.  
 
Smith attended Nashville Auto Diesel College. He was the former mayor of Roanoke.  
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==Committee assignments==
 
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===2012-2013===
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In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
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*[[Education and Health Committee, Virginia Senate|Education and Health]]
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*[[Local Government Committee, Virginia Senate|Local Government]], ''Chairman
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*[[Privileges and Elections Committee, Virginia Senate|Privileges and Elections]]
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*[[Rules Committee, Virginia State Senate|Rules]]
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*[[Transportation Committee, Virginia Senate|Transportation]]
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===2010-2011===
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In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:
 
*[[Local Government Committee, Virginia Senate|Local Government]]
 
*[[Local Government Committee, Virginia Senate|Local Government]]
 
*[[Privileges and Elections Committee, Virginia Senate|Privileges and Elections]]
 
*[[Privileges and Elections Committee, Virginia Senate|Privileges and Elections]]
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==District 22==
 
==District 22==
Smith represents Virginia Senate District 22. Senate District 22 includes [[Sunshinereview:Botetourt County, Virginia|Botetourt County]], [[Sunshinereview:Montgomery County, Virginia|Montgomery County]](part), [[Sunshinereview:Radford, Virginia|Radford]], [[Sunshinereview:Roanoke, Virginia|Roanoke]], [[Sunshinereview:Roanoke County, Virginia|Roanoke County]](part), [[Sunshinereview:Salem, Virginia|Salem]].
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Smith represented Virginia Senate District 22. Senate District 22 includes [[Sunshinereview:Botetourt County, Virginia|Botetourt County]], [[Sunshinereview:Montgomery County, Virginia|Montgomery County]](part), [[Sunshinereview:Radford, Virginia|Radford]], [[Sunshinereview:Roanoke, Virginia|Roanoke]], [[Sunshinereview:Roanoke County, Virginia|Roanoke County]](part), [[Sunshinereview:Salem, Virginia|Salem]].
  
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==Elections==
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===2011===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia State Senate elections, 2011]]''
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On November 8, 2011, Smith won re-election to District 19 of the [[Virginia State Senate]].  Due to redistricting, Smith was moved from District 22 to District 19.  He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/7_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' - November 2011 General Election Official Results]</ref>
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{{Election box 2011
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|Chamber= Virginia State Senate, District 19 General Election
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|party1= Republican
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|party2= Independent
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|winner1 = Ralph Smith
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|votes1 = 28065
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|candidate2 = J. Brandon Bell, II
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|Inc2 = Y
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|votes2 = 21551
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}}
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On Nov. 6, 2007, Smith won election to the 22nd District Seat in the [[Virginia State Senate]], defeating opponent Michael Breiner (D).<ref> [https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2007/196E44FA-8B19-4240-9A44-737216DAA55D/Unofficial/7_s.shtml 2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 22]</ref>
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Smith raised $391,692 for his campaign while Breiner raised $754,174.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=VA&y=2007#results_summary_S 2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 22]</ref>
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  office = Virginia State Senate, District 22 (2007)
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| colspan="2" | {{won}} '''Ralph Smith (R)'''
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| align="right" | '''21,193'''
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| align="center" | 50,75%
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| colspan="2" | Michael Breiner (D)
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| align="right" | 20,452
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| align="center" | 48.97%
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==Campaign donors==
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===2011===
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In 2011, Smith received $127,148 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=S&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
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|Chamber = Virginia State Senate
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 127148
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|total votes = 28065
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|org1 = Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
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|org2 = Virginia Association Of Realtors
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|org3 = Smith, James R
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|org4 = Brock Jr, T R
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|org5 = Brock Jr, T R
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|orgdonor1 = 17,364
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|orgdonor2 = 5,000
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|orgdonor3 = 5,000
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|orgdonor4 = 2,500
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|orgdonor5 = 2,500
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|}}
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===2007===
 
Below are Smith's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2007 election:
 
Below are Smith's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2007 election:
 
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==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2011====
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Smith's website lists the following issues:
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*'''Freedom
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:Excerpt:  "I believe in the core principles of Ronald Reagan: limited government, low taxes and the God-given gift of liberty."
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*'''Taxation
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:Excerpt:  "I believe the problem is not that we are taxed too little, but that government spends too much. Over the past 10 years, our state budget has doubled."
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*'''The People
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:Excerpt:  "I believe in the people of Southwest Virginia, not in the power brokers of Northern Virginia or anywhere else."
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*'''Economic Prosperity
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:Excerpt:  "I believe small businesses are the engine of Virginia’s economy. I ran my own business for 40 years, and as Roanoke’s mayor I led the fight for lower taxes, low-cost air service, regional cooperation and decreased regulation."
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*'''Right to Bear Arms
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:Excerpt:  "I believe that our Founding Fathers truly meant what they said in the Second Amendment. Government should not pass laws that abridge the citizens’ right to bear arms."
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*'''Faith
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:Excerpt:  "I believe in God, the sanctity of human life, and the necessity of the Golden Rule."
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*'''Education
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:Excerpt:  "I believe education is the key to the future of our Commonwealth. However, when it comes to the education of children, I trust parents more than I trust “experts” from the educational establishment."
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*'''Immigration
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:Excerpt:  "I believe that immigration has made America great. Illegal immigration, on the other hand, is killing us."
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*'''Property Rights
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:Excerpt:  "I believe that we can be free only to the extent that we can own private property and keep the government from seizing that property."
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*'''Conservative Leadership
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:Excerpt:  "I believe actions speak louder than words. I am a conservative out of conviction, not convenience, and I believe in voting on principle, not on expediency."
  
 
==Personal==
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
{{Wikipedia|Ralph K. Smith|Ralph Smith}}
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* [http://sov.state.va.us/SenatorDB.nsf/23b0c13df27a5ef585256fc7004febb2/cfc633e7080d0ac98525738c004fff2f?OpenDocument Biography from the Virginia Legislature]
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* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=69997 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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* [http://www.ralphsmithsenate.com/ Sen. Smith's website]
 
* [http://www.ralphsmithsenate.com/ Sen. Smith's website]
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* [http://apps.lis.virginia.gov/sfb1/Senate/senatorwebprofile.aspx?id=211 Biography from the Virginia Legislature]
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* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=69997 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=69997 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* Campaign contributions:[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95082 2007]
 
* Campaign contributions:[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95082 2007]
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Ralph Smith
Ralph Smith.jpg
Virginia Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday07/19/1942
Place of birthRoanoke, VA
ProfessionCEO
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ralph Smith has been a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate since 2008. He formerly represented the 22nd district but was displaced to the 19th by the 2010 redistricting.

Smith attended Nashville Auto Diesel College. He was the former mayor of Roanoke.

In addition to serving as senator Smith is CEO at Ralph Smith, Inc.

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

District 22

Smith represented Virginia Senate District 22. Senate District 22 includes Botetourt County, Montgomery County(part), Radford, Roanoke, Roanoke County(part), Salem.

Elections

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Smith won re-election to District 19 of the Virginia State Senate. Due to redistricting, Smith was moved from District 22 to District 19. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[1]

Virginia State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Smith 56.6% 28,065
     Independent J. Brandon Bell, II Incumbent 43.4% 21,551
Total Votes 49,616

2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Smith won election to the 22nd District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Michael Breiner (D).[2]

Smith raised $391,692 for his campaign while Breiner raised $754,174.[3]

Virginia State Senate, District 22 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Smith (R) 21,193 50,75%
Michael Breiner (D) 20,452 48.97%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Smith received $127,148 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Smith's campaign in 2011
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$17,364
Virginia Association Of Realtors$5,000
Smith, James R$5,000
Brock Jr, T R$2,500
Brock Jr, T R$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $127,148
Total Votes received in 2011 28,065
Cost of each vote received $4.53

2007

Below are Smith's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Ralph K. Smith $130,000
Virginia Senate Republican Leadership Trust $27,484
Building a Better Virginia $25,000
Newman for Senate $12,000
Ralph Smith Mayor Committee $11,885

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Smith's website lists the following issues:

  • Freedom
Excerpt: "I believe in the core principles of Ronald Reagan: limited government, low taxes and the God-given gift of liberty."
  • Taxation
Excerpt: "I believe the problem is not that we are taxed too little, but that government spends too much. Over the past 10 years, our state budget has doubled."
  • The People
Excerpt: "I believe in the people of Southwest Virginia, not in the power brokers of Northern Virginia or anywhere else."
  • Economic Prosperity
Excerpt: "I believe small businesses are the engine of Virginia’s economy. I ran my own business for 40 years, and as Roanoke’s mayor I led the fight for lower taxes, low-cost air service, regional cooperation and decreased regulation."
  • Right to Bear Arms
Excerpt: "I believe that our Founding Fathers truly meant what they said in the Second Amendment. Government should not pass laws that abridge the citizens’ right to bear arms."
  • Faith
Excerpt: "I believe in God, the sanctity of human life, and the necessity of the Golden Rule."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I believe education is the key to the future of our Commonwealth. However, when it comes to the education of children, I trust parents more than I trust “experts” from the educational establishment."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "I believe that immigration has made America great. Illegal immigration, on the other hand, is killing us."
  • Property Rights
Excerpt: "I believe that we can be free only to the extent that we can own private property and keep the government from seizing that property."
  • Conservative Leadership
Excerpt: "I believe actions speak louder than words. I am a conservative out of conviction, not convenience, and I believe in voting on principle, not on expediency."

Personal

Smith was born in Roanoke, Virginia on July 19, 1942.

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Stanley
Virginia Senate District 19
2012-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
J. Bell
Virginia Senate District 22
2008-2012
Succeeded by
Thomas Garrett