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 1
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. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

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


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

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Smith's website highlighted the following issues:[1]

  • 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. "

Medicaid expansion lawsuit

See also: Can Arizona conservatives beat the clock to block Medicaid expansion from taking effect Jan. 1?

Steve Smith is one of the 36 Republican members of the state legislature who signed onto a lawsuit in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer with the conservative Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Medicaid Expansion.[2]

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act in June 2012, Brewer, a Republican who had long fought for its repeal, ultimately broke ranks with her party on the issue of Medicaid.[3] She first publicly embraced Arizona's participation in the federally controlled Medicaid expansion during her 2013 State of the State address. In addition to conceding the futility of continued opposition to Obamacare in the wake of the Supreme Court decision and Obama's re-election victory, Brewer discussed the considerable popular support for expanding patient eligibility: residents had already voted twice to make the state government provide free care for everyone up to the federal poverty line.

By June, a Medicaid expansion law had obtained passage in Arizona, despite a reluctant Republican-led state legislature. The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives responded by filing a referendum to block the Medicaid Expansion law from taking effect, but the referendum failed to collect the required 86,405 valid signatures to land on the November 2014 ballot before the September 11, 2013, deadline.[4]

The referendum option off the table, expansion opponents decided a lawsuit was the best available alternative. The suit was filed on the grounds that because the expansion would require participating hospitals to pay a set fee to the state to help compensate for future reductions in the federal subsidy, the law contains a tax and therefore its implementation under the control of the executive branch would violate the state law enforcing separation of powers. While the imposition of such a fee is an authority given to state agencies "over 80 times in the past five years,"[2] according to a Brewer spokesperson, critics insist that the fee's resemblance to a tax is too close for constitutional comfort, per Article 3, Section 22, the distribution of powers.[5]

The state's conservative interests, plus the 36 Republican members of the legislature who voted against Arizona's involvement in the federal government-controlled Medicaid reform, hoped to have expansion shut down before it officially went live Jan. 1, 2014, with eligible residents beginning to enroll as early as Oct. 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.[6] He and Adam Kwasman ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

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.[9][10]

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.[11]

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


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


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


Smith is married and has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rebecca Rios
Arizona State Senate District 23
Succeeded by