Steve Smith (Arizona)

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Steve Smith
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Arizona House of Representatives District 11
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate District 23
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Office website
Steve Smith is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 11 since 2013.

Smith was a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate. He was elected in 2010 and represented the 23rd district until 2013.

Smith earned his BA in Marketing from Michigan State University. He currently runs a talent agency.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Criminal Justice, Chair


Campaign themes


Smith's website lists the following issues:

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "...we must provide economic freedom to business owners so that they can grow/expand their product or service and continue to hire more Arizonans."
  • Illegal immigration
Excerpt: "We must immediately secure the border by completing the entire fence/wall and adding the necessary amount of border patrol/troops on the ground to stop the tidal wave of illegal immigrants. This problem directly affects Arizona socially and fiscally and must be addressed once and for all."
  • Education
Excerpt: "With over 200 school districts, there clearly is a tremendous amount of overhead that needs to be delimited and, once eliminated, more money will be available to go where it belongs, to the teachers. "
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Taxes and regulations need to be cut on both individuals and small businesses in order to promote economic growth. It has been proven time and again that lowering taxes, NOT RAISING TAXES, (especially during a recession) helps restore the economy."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "There is absolutely no reason why Arizona should not be the leaders of the world in solar energy. We need to be at the forefront in solar technology as I believe it would be not only a tremendous source for new jobs but would save an extraordinary amount of money on utility costs to both individuals and businesses."
  • Human rights
Excerpt: "I am a strong Pro-Life candidate and will fight to protect the rights of the unborn."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I reject Obama-care and the notion that an American citizen must buy a particular good or service from the government."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "I believe it is our constitutional right to bear arms, a right I will always fight to defend."
  • Mining, farming & agriculture
Excerpt: " of my priorities would be to ensure that the mining, farming, and agriculture industries are thriving. "[1]



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

After redistricting placed him at odds with 26th district senator Al Melvin in the new 11th district, Smith opted not to run for his Senate seat again, instead announcing a run for one of two 11th district House seats.[2] He and Adam Kwasman ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Smith 36.7% 44,928
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kwasman 34.1% 41,732
     Democratic Dave Joseph 29.2% 35,707
Total Votes 122,367


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2010

Smith ran in the 2010 election for Arizona State Senate District 23. He defeated Matt Byers in the August 24 primary election. He then defeated incumbent Democrat Rebecca Rios and Green Party candidate Matthew Shusta in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Arizona State Senate, District 23 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Smith (R) 34,568
Rebecca Rios (D) 30,361
Arizona State Senate, District 23 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Smith (R) 10,818
Matt Byers (R) 3,736

Campaign donors


In 2010, Smith raised $37,800 in contributions. [7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $35,557 to his campaign.

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Smith is married and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arizona House of Representatives District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rebecca Rios
Arizona State Senate District 23
Succeeded by