Jane H. Smith
|Jane Holland Smith|
|Louisiana State Representative from District 8 (Bossier Parish)|
|Preceded by||Robert E. "Bob" Barton|
|Succeeded by||Jeff R. Thompson|
|Louisiana House Minority Leader|
|Succeeded by||John Bel Edwards|
|Born||1948 (age 64–65)
Sabine Parish, Louisiana, USA
|Spouse(s)||Wendell Scott Smith|
|Children||Hillary S. Garner
|Residence||Bossier City, Bossier Parish, Louisiana|
|Alma mater||Northwestern State University|
|Occupation||Educator; former Bossier Parish school superintendent|
In 2012, Smith was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal as deputy secretary of the Louisiana Revenue Department, a full-time position. She will report to Secretary Cynthia Bridges. The two had developed a working relationship while working on the state tax amnesty bill in 2009.
Prior to her legislative service, which began in the year 2000, Smith had been the first woman in Bossier Parish to have been appointed as a high-school principal (Haughton High School in Haughton from 1988–1995) and as superintendent of the public schools (1994–1999). She is also the first female ever to have been elected as a state legislator from Bossier Parish.
A native of Sabine Parish in western Louisiana, Smith received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Education degrees, plus thirty additional graduate hours, from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. NSU named her a "Distinguished Alumnus" and invited her as commencement speaker at the 2001 graduation exercises. Smith also completed a course in school principalship at Centenary College in Shreveport.
In 1999, Smith was named the Louisiana "Superintendent of the Year" because of her development of a character education program and a technology plan considered a statewide educational model She has received recognition from the Women's Business Council, an affiliate of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. The Young Men’s Christian Association has cited her work in promoting awareness of violence against women. She procured the Advocacy Award from the American Cancer Society.
Smith is married to Wendell Scott Smith (born May 27, 1958), the long-serving principal of Benton High School in Benton, the seat of Bossier Parish. Daughter Hillary S. Garner of Plaquemine and her husband, Eric D. Garner (both born 1974), have two children, Holland and Evan. The Smiths attend First Baptist Church Bossier; pastor Fred L. Lowery.
Smith was elected without opposition to her first House term in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 23, 1999. Incumbent Republican Robert E. "Bob" Barton (born 1948) of Bossier City, then an assistant to the chancellor at Bossier Parish Community College, did not seek a second term but ran for the Louisiana State Senate. In 2003, Smith defeated fellow Republican Ryan Gatti, 6,999 (66.9 percent) to 3,456 (33.1percent) In 2007, Smith defeated Republican Gary Miller, 7,508 (62.2 percent) to 4,555 (37.8 percent).
Smith was a member of the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus and the Louisiana Rural Caucus. Her House committee assignments were Capital Outlay, Criminal Justice, Governmental Affairs and the tax-writing Ways and Means panel, of which she was the vice-chairman. In the 2007 campaign, Smith signed a "No New Taxes" pledge.
In 2004, Smith was designated “Representative of the Year” by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. The following year she received the same honor from the Louisiana Association of Principals. On March 27, 2007, Smith obtained the annual achievement award from the Sabine Hall of Fame, which recognizes a Sabine Parish native who moves to another area and becomes successful in a particular field. On May 4, 2007, because of a 100 percent voting record on faith and family values, Smith was named the recipient of the "Outstanding Family Advocate Award" for 2006 from the Louisiana Family Forum.
Smith was a legislative proponent of health and fitness and advocated physical education in the elementary school curriculum. Then House Speaker Jim Tucker appointed Smith to a committee to address the needs of veterans and active-duty military personnel, an area of particular concern to the representative, considering in part the location of Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier Parish.
Smith was term-limited and unable to seek a fourth term in the House in the 2011 primary election. Instead, she ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate seat vacated by fellow Republican B.L. "Buddy" Shaw of Shreveport. Though armed with Governor Jindal's strong backing Smith lost her race to fellow Republican Barrow Peacock, a businessman from Shreveport who had run third in a bid for the same seat in 2007. In the 2011 match, Peacock polled 10,331 votes (55.5 percent) to Smith's 8,295 votes (44.5 percent).
Meanwhile, Republican Jeff R. Thompson, a Bossier City attorney, was elected to succeed Smith in the District 8 House seat. In 2008, Thompson ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination to succeed the retiring U.S. Representative Jim McCrery. McCrery endorsed Thompson, but that position went to another Republican, John C. Fleming of Minden.
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- "Election returns, State Representative, District 8, October 4, 2003". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
- "Election returns, State Representative, District 8, October 20, 2007". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
- "Rep. Jane H. Smith". Votesmart.org. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
- ""Update: Louisiana Signers of the No-New-Taxes Pledge", October 17, 2007". atr.org. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
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- "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
|Louisiana House of Representatives|
Robert E. "Bob" Barton
|Louisiana State Representative from District 8 (Bossier Parish)
Jane Howard Smith
Jeff R. Thompson