Steve Smith (Arizona)

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Steve Smith
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Arizona House of Representatives District 11
Incumbent
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate District 23
2011-2013
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Personal
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steve Smith is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Smith served in the Arizona State Senate representing the 23rd district from 2010 until 2013.

Biography

Smith earned his BA in Marketing from Michigan State University. His professional experience includes running a talent agency.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility, Vice Chairman
Financial Institutions
Reform and Human Services
K-12 School District Receivership Study

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

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: "...one of my priorities would be to ensure that the mining, farming, and agriculture industries are thriving. "[1]

Elections

2012

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

2010

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

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $69,456 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[7]

Steve Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 11 Won $31,656
2010 Arizona State Senate, District 23 Won $37,800
Grand Total Raised $69,456

2012

Smith won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $31,656.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Smith (Arizona)'s campaign in 2012
Pinnacle West$1,000
Arizona Association of Realtors$650
Salt River Valley Water Users Association$600
Arizona Ophthalmological Society$600
Arizona Society Of Certified Public Accountants$524
Total Raised in 2012$31,656
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Smith won election to the Arizona State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $37,800.

Personal

Smith is married and has two children.

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Arizona House of Representatives District 11
2013–present
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