Senators

Jim Smith

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9400
Email: Senator.Smith@iga.in.gov

Legislative Assistant: 
Shelley Myers 
Phone: 317-234-9426

Jim Smith

State Senator - District 45

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2010 - present

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Commerce, Economic Development and Technology, Ranking Member
Insurance
Financial Institutions
Local Government
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Education

Providence Catholic High School, Clarksville
University of Louisville, bachelor's degree in finance and master’s degree in business administration

Activities

Clark County Council, former member

 

Occupation

Personal and small business financial consultant

Personal

Married: Brenda

Counties Served

Jefferson County, Scott County, Switzerland County and portions of Clark and Jackson counties

Jim Smith

State Senator - District 45

Sen. Smith Receives High Score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 28, 2014) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently released its 2014 Legislative Vote Analysis, which ranks state lawmakers based on their votes for pro-jobs, pro-economy measures. State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) received a score of 93 percent. According to the Chamber, bills used in the report were selected based on their more»

Sen. Smith Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, March 17, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 17, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages: Brittany Miller, from Charlestown, attends Silver Creek High School. Anna Hall, from Underwood, attends Scottsburg High School. Keith Johns, from Scottsburg, attends Grace Christian Academy. Wesley more»

Sen. Smith Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages: Dylan Scott Raney, from Charlestown, attends New Washington Middle-High School. Scott Swoboda, from Marysville, attends New Washington Middle-High School. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring more»

Madison Student Gains Experience at Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2014) — Madison resident, Erika Fisher, is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2014 legislative session, said State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown). Fisher is the daughter of Julie and the late Chris Fisher. She is a graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and is currently a senior at Purdue more»

Sen. Smith’s Bill to Keep Christmas in Schools Clears Senate

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, February 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Smith’s (R-Charlestown) bill providing legal protection to public schools and staff who wish to celebrate Christmas and other holiday traditions in their classrooms unanimously passed the Senate today by a 48-0 vote. Senate Bill 326 calls on the State Board of Education to set guidelines for teachers more»

State Senators Propose Amendment to Provide Relief to Hoosier Propane Customers

Posted by: Lindsay Jancek  | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

State Sens. John Waterman (R-Shelburn), Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) and Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) are offering an amendment to Senate Bill 1 which would provide relief to Hoosiers who may be affected by the Midwest propane shortage.

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Sen. Smith’s Bill to Protect Christmas in Schools Passes Committee

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 22, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Smith’s (R-Charlestown) bill to provide legal protections to public school teachers who wish to celebrate Christmas and other holiday traditions in their classrooms passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today by a 7-1 vote. Senate Bill 326, also called the “Merry more»

Sen. Smith: Indiana Senate Accepting Student Page Requests

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, January 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 3, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) invites students in grades six through 12 to serve as Senate pages during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session. The Indiana Senate Page Program is now accepting applications for student pages, offering an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the General Assembly. more»

Sen. Smith Joins Madison Officials For Crosswalk Groundbreaking

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, July 1, 2013

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) joined local officials in Madison today for the groundbreaking of a new crosswalk in front of Madison Consolidated High School on Clifty Drive.

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Sen. Jim Smith Responds to Sellersburg Standoff

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) made the following statement today in regard to the shooting of local law enforcement officer, Chris Proctor, and death of a police dog during yesterday’s standoff in Sellersburg.

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COLUMN by Sen. Smith: How Clark County’s Perpetual TIF Districts Impact Our Taxes

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, June 10, 2013

"If you love taxes.....you'll love Clark County."

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Sen. Jim Smith to Attend Community Events in Scott, Clark and Switzerland Counties

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) will attend several community events this Saturday in Scott, Clark and Switzerland counties.

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Sen. Smith’s Bill to Increase Local Government Transparency, Protect Taxpayers Passes Senate

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2013) — State Sen. Jim Smith’s (R-Charlestown) legislation to provide greater oversight for local redevelopment commissions passed the Senate today by a 44-5 vote. Redevelopment commissions work to address underdeveloped or underutilized areas in a town, city or county in an effort to increase economic development. Because more»

COLUMN: 2nd Amendment Rights Necessary for a Free Society

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Our U.S. federal government has changed dramatically since its creation in 1789.

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Sen. Smith Welcomes Congressman Young to Indiana Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, January 25, 2013

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) welcomed Congressman Todd Young (CD-9) to the Statehouse Thursday.

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Sen. Jim Smith Responds to State of the State Address

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) made the following statement today regarding Governor Pence’s State of the State Address.

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Sen. Jim Smith Responds to State of the State Address

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) made the following statement today regarding Governor Pence’s State of the State Address.

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[s45] Sen. Smith: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) gathered with fellow legislators today at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 118th Indiana General Assembly’s budget session.

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[s45] Sen. Smith Congratulates Area Schools for Earning ‘A’ Grades

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) made the following statement today praising area schools for earning ‘A’ grades in Indiana’s 2011-2012 school year performance review:

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[s45] Sen. Smith: Support Bethlehem’s Bicentennial

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) encourages area residents to help celebrate the town of Bethlehem’s 200th birthday at the Autumn On the River festival this weekend, Oct. 20 through 21.

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[s45] Sen. Smith Encourages Fourth-graders to Join Statehood Day Essay Contest, Celebration

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, October 5, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) urges local fourth-grade students to celebrate Indiana’s 196th birthday by entering the annual Statehood Day essay contest and answering the question, “What does Indiana mean to you?” before Oct. 29.

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[s45] Sen. Jim Smith Praised for 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, September 28, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today praised State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) for his outstanding 2012 voting attendance record of 100 percent.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Sens. Grooms, Smith to Attend Ohio River Bridges Project Groundbreaking

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, August 29, 2012

State Sens. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) and  Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) will join Indiana and Kentucky officials tomorrow for the Ohio River Bridges Project groundbreaking of the East End Crossing.

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[s45] Smith Invites Clark County Residents To ‘Walk & Talk’ This Saturday

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, July 16, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) invites area residents to join him this Saturday, July 21, for a “Walk & Talk” town hall meeting in downtown Charlestown.

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[s45] Smith Invites Madison Residents To ‘Walk & Talk’ This Saturday

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, July 10, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) invites area residents to join him this Saturday, July 14, for a “Walk & Talk” town hall meeting along the Heritage Trail in Madison.

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[s45] Sen. Smith Appointed as Vice-Chair of Study Committees

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, July 5, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today appointed State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) as vice-chairman of both the Interim Study Committee on Insurance and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

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[s45] Sen. Smith Thanks Indiana State Police for Their Efforts Investigating Voter Fraud in Scott County

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, May 3, 2012

“The recent rise in voter fraud across Indiana and particularly in Scott County is discouraging and threatens voter trust in the election process

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[s45] Sen. Smith Joins Budget Committee to Tour Southeast Indiana, Assess Henryville Tornado Damage

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, April 13, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) and members of the state Budget Committee concluded a two-day tour of southeast Indiana today with a public meeting at Ivy Tech Community College in Madison.

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[45] Sen. Smith’s Legislation to Eliminate Indiana’s Inheritance Tax Signed into Law

Posted by: Alexander White  | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith’s (R-Charlestown) initiative to eliminate Indiana’s inheritance tax was signed into law today by Gov. Mitch Daniels, during a formal signing ceremony in Gov. Daniels’ office.

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[45] Senate GOP Lawmakers Phasing Out State’s Inheritance Tax

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Friday, March 9, 2012

State Sens. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) and Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) today championed a new policy initiative phasing out Indiana’s inheritance tax.

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[7] Senate GOP Lawmakers Phasing Out State’s Inheritance Tax

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Friday, March 9, 2012

State Sens. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) and Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) today championed a new policy initiative phasing out Indiana’s inheritance tax.

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[s45] Area Students Page for Sen. Smith in February

Posted by: Alexander White  | Friday, March 2, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) welcomed the following area students as Senate pages in February:

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[45]Sen. Jim Smith Honors Switzerland Grand Champion Megan Gilliam

Posted by: Alexander White  | Monday, February 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) honored Megan Gilliam today for winning Grand Champion of the Pocket Pet division in the Switzerland County Fair.

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[45] Area Students Serve As Pages For State Sen. Jim Smith

Posted by: Alexander White  | Friday, February 3, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) welcomed the following area students as Senate pages in January:

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[45] Sen. Smith's Inheritance Tax Passes Senate Vote

Posted by: Alexander White  | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith’s proposal to significantly reduce Indiana’s inheritance tax received unanimous approval Tuesday in the Indiana Senate, passing 50-0.

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[45] Sen. Smith: Charlestown Resident Gets Firsthand Look at Lawmaking

Posted by: Alexander White  | Thursday, January 26, 2012

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) announced Holly S. Jones of Charlestown is interning for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the much anticipated 2012 legislative session.

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Senate Committee to Consider Smith's Proposal Lifting Indiana's 'Death Tax'

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, January 31, 2011

A key committee on Tuesday will consider a proposal eliminating Indiana's inheritance tax.

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Senate Approves Proposal Banning Synthetic Marijuana Products in State, Bill Moves to House

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, January 20, 2011

Senate lawmakers by a 47-0 vote today approved a bill banning synthetic marijuana products across Indiana and creating stiff penalties for using and selling the substances.

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Smith's First Measure Proposes to Eliminate Inheritance Income Tax

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Indiana's tax on inheritance income - also known as the death tax -  could be lifted if a proposal co-authored by State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) becomes law.

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Senate GOP: We're ready to balance the budget, consider Daniels' reforms

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indiana Senate Republicans said their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the state's two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in Tuesday's State of the State Address.

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Issues Emerging for the 2011 Session

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Indiana's 2011 legislative session began today, and State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) said passing a balanced budget and avoiding tax hikes on hardworking Hoosiers should be the top priorities for lawmakers.

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