Roby Smith

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Roby Smith
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Iowa State Senate, District 41
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Current term ends
January 10, 2015
Political party Republican
Profession Small business owner
Website Senate website
Roby Smith is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate. He has represented District 41 since 2011.

Smith, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Concordia University, is a small business owner in Bettendorf. He is an Eagle Scout and attends Trinity Lutheran Church with his wife, Kari, and their three children.

Committee assignments

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith has been appointed to these committees:

Elections

2010

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Smith defeated Democratic candidate Richard Clewell by a margin of 13,865 to 9,432 in the November 2 general election. [1]

In the June 8 primary election, Smith defeated incumbent David Hartsuch by a margin of 2,487 to 2,307. [2]

Iowa State Senate, District 41 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Roby Smith (R) 13,865 32.4%
Richard Clewell (D) 9,432 67.6%
Iowa State Senate, District 23 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Roby Smith 2,487 51.9%
David Hartsuch 2,307 48.1%

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Smith is one of the 7 Republican challengers who defeated an incumbent Republican state senator.

On his campaign website, Smith lists his positions on:

Job Creation:

  • "Iowa needs to be more business friendly to encourage job growth."
  • "Reduce burdens and taxes on small businesses."
  • "Jobs are created by entrepreneurs, not government bureaucrats."

Taxes:

  • "Taxes should not be increased to balance the budget."
  • "Stop residential property tax increases."
  • "Lower commercial property taxes to be competitive with surrounding states."

State Budget:

  • "Start requiring that all lines of pork barrel spending have a recorded vote so that it cannot sneak through hidden in a 200 page piece of legislation."
  • "Have a pay-as-you-go approach to state debt. The state should pay for new buildings with cash and not go into debt."
  • "Grow employment opportunities by not increasing taxes."

Property Taxes:

  • "Stop raising property taxes to balance the budge. People should keep more of what they earn because they will save, spend, and invest those additional dollars, promoting freedom and responsibility, raising our standard of living, and benefiting the economy for us all."

Education:

  • "A strong education system is critical to the long-term success of our community. Education is the foundation upon which our economy, our government, and our community is built. We cannot let that foundation crumble."
  • "We must do more to ensure Iowa can attract and retain teachers who are qualified."
  • "We must implement strategies to reduce the administrative burdens on school districts and school district personnel, especially teachers."

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Smith raised $82,381 in contributions. [3]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $12,454
Cockrell, Harry $10,100
Iowa Bankers Association $2,500
Smith, Roby $2,025

Personal

Smith and his wife Kari have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Hartsuch
Iowa Senate District 41
2011–present
Succeeded by
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