Jeff Smith (Mississippi politician)
|This article is outdated. (January 2012)|
|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
from the 39th district
December 6, 1949 |
Columbus, Mississippi, U.S.
|Alma mater||Mississippi State University|
Jeffrey C. Smith (born December 6, 1949) is a lawyer and a politician currently serving as a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He has represented the 39th District since 1992. Smith switched from the Democratic Party to the Republicans on June 1, 2011. Smith told reporters that he decided to become a Republican because the Republicans had recruited a candidate to run against him in the upcoming election for House Speaker.
2012 race for Speaker of the House
Following Speaker William McCoy's decision not to run for re-election in 2011, Smith had been considered a possible frontrunner for the speakership. He lost the 2008 speaker election, in which he was supported by the Republicans; by some Democrats who (like Smith) have since bolted the party; and by Republican governor Haley Barbour by a single vote. The House voted on a new speaker at the start of the 2012 session. A narrow margin of power for either party following the election could force lawmakers to form a coalition in order to elect a new speaker. In the end, however, Philip Gunn was elected speaker without opposition.
Smith was unopposed for re-election (as a Republican) in the 2011 election for Mississippi House of Representatives District 39. He defeated Jack Larmour in the Republican primary on August 2, 2011. No Democratic candidates filed to run for election, and he was re-elected in general election on November 8, 2011.
In 2007, Smith collected $127,267 in donations.
He is President of Swim Columbus and is a Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Columbus. He is married to the former Laura Terrell and they have a son named Corky.
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
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- official 2011 election results.
|Mississippi House of Representatives District 39