Samuel Smith (Pennsylvania)

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Samuel Smith
Pennsylvania State House District 66
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 18
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University, 1978
Date of birth08/10/1955
Place of birthPunxsutawney, PA
Office website
Samuel Smith (b. August 10, 1955) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 66. Smith was unanimously elected Speaker of the House at the start of the 2011 session.[1]

Smith earned his BA in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University in 1978. He has worked in the following positions: Roofing Contractor, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue employee, and Advertising Sales.

Smith joined the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1987. He has served in that position since, representing the 66th District, and served as Minority Floor Leader before his election to Speaker of the House.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 66. Smith defeated James Brown and Cris Dush in the Republican primary on April 24 and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 66, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Smith Incumbent 100% 18,367
Total Votes 18,367
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 66 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Smith Incumbent 49.1% 3,150
James Brown 9% 579
Cris Dush 41.9% 2,691
Total Votes 6,420


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smith won re-election to the 66th District Seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Dennis Peck and independent Luther Yoas, Sr. in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Pennsylvania State House, District 66
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Samuel Smith (R) 11,562 67.9%
Dennis Peck (D) 3,620 21.3%
Luther Yoas, Sr. (I) 1,844 10.8%


On November 4, 2008, Smith won re-election to the 66th District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 15,504 votes, defeating Democrat Samy Elmasry (7,476).[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 66
Candidates Votes Percent
Sam Smith (R) Green check mark transparent.png 15,504 67.5%
Samy Elmasry (D) 7,476 32.5%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Smith received $371,190 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Samuel Smith (Pennsylvania)'s campaign in 2010
Pennsylvania Future Fund$25,000
Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society$20,000
Agras, James R$20,000
Jewish Community PAC Of Pittsburgh$15,000
Total Raised in 2010 $371,190


Smith and his wife, Donna, have two children.

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