Shirley Smith (politician)

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Shirley A. Smith
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 21st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2007
Preceded byC. J. Prentiss
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 10th district
In office
January 3, 1999 - December 31, 2006
Preceded byC. J. Prentiss
Succeeded byEugene Miller
Personal details
Born(1950-11-29) November 29, 1950 (age 63)
Cleveland, Ohio[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Divorced (2 children)
ResidenceCleveland, Ohio
Alma materCuyahoga Community College (A.A.)
Cleveland State University (B.A.)
ProfessionLegislator
 
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Shirley A. Smith
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 21st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2007
Preceded byC. J. Prentiss
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 10th district
In office
January 3, 1999 - December 31, 2006
Preceded byC. J. Prentiss
Succeeded byEugene Miller
Personal details
Born(1950-11-29) November 29, 1950 (age 63)
Cleveland, Ohio[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Divorced (2 children)
ResidenceCleveland, Ohio
Alma materCuyahoga Community College (A.A.)
Cleveland State University (B.A.)
ProfessionLegislator

Shirley A. Smith is the state Senator for the 21st District of the Ohio Senate. Previously, she was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. She is a Democrat.

Life and career[edit]

Smith has worked in sales and marketing, and as a radio talk-show host for a major radio station in Cleveland, and has also served as an independent consultant for Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

When incumbent C. J. Prentiss decided to run for the Ohio Senate, Smith and four other Democrats sought to replace her in the 1998 primary election. Smith won the District 8 nomination with 35.29% of the vote.[2] She won the general election against Republican Dominic Rini with 86.15% of the vote.[3] Smith won reelection in District 8 in 2000 against Republican Ronnie Jones with 87.2% of the vote.[4]

In 2002, Smith again faced a primary challenge from four other Democrats, due to redistricting. However she won the District 10 nomination with 43.66% of the vote.[5] She went unopposed in the general election[6] and was unopposed for the 2004 general election.[7] For the 126th General Assembly, Smith served as secretary of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC).

Ohio Senate[edit]

In late 2005, Smith announced that she would run to succeed term-limited Prentiss in the Senate, along with Representatives Annie L. Key, Claudette Woodard and two other Democrats. While it was a contested primary, Smith defeated the opposition to take the District 21 nomination with 50.86% of the votes.[8] She won the general election with 85.34% of the electorate.[9] In the 127th General Assembly, Smith served as president of the OLBC.

Early in 2008, the Senate Democrats ousted Minority Leader Teresa Fedor and replaced her with Ray Miller, as well as Smith as assistant minority leader. With the beginning of the 128th General Assembly, the caucus retained Smith in her role as assistant minority leader under Capri Cafaro.

In 2010, Smith won election to a second term in the Senate, defeating Republican Burrell Jackson with 84.4% of the vote.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio Senate 21st District: Results 2006 to 2010
YearDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
2010Shirley Smith52,29684.07%Burrell Jackson9,90815.93%
2006Shirley Smith54,49285.22%Richard Norris9,44814.78%
Ohio House of Representatives 10th District: Results 1998 to 2004
YearDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
2004Shirley Smith26.174100.00%Unopposed
2002Shirley Smith14,908100.00%Unopposed
2000Shirley Smith26,94787.20%Ronnie Jones3,95912.80%
1998Shirley Smith18,96986.15%Dominic Rini3,04913.85%

Personal life[edit]

Smith is divorced with two children. She lives in Cleveland, but also owns property in South Euclid, Ohio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.congress.org/bio/id/6212
  2. ^ Taft, Robert II. "Ohio House of Representatives: May 3, 1998 Official Results". Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Taft, Robert II. "Ohio House of Representatives: November 3, 1998". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth. "Ohio House of Representatives: November 7, 2000". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth. "Democratic State Representative Official Tabulation: May 7, 2002". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth. "State Representative Official Tabulation: November 5, 2002". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth. "Ohio House of Representatives: November 2, 2004". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth. "Democratic Ohio Senate: May 6, 2006". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth. "Ohio Senate: November 7, 2006". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. "Ohio Senate: November 2, 2010". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 

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