Senator Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke)

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Party
Republican
District
19: Floyd County (All), Salem City (All), Bedford County (Part), Carroll County (Part), Franklin County (Part), Montgomery County (Part), Roanoke County (Part), Wythe County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2008
Next Election
November 2015
Committees
Local Government, Transportation, Education
Age
72
Website
ralphsmithsenate.com
Copatroning Habits
55% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 63% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 55% of them are Republicans.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
5.9% in 2014
Campaign Contributions
$16,912.28 cash on hand (December 2012 report)
Bio

Retired from the trailer part manufacturing business. Served as the mayor of Roanoke from 2000-4. Defeated Sen. Brandon Bell in the Republican primary. Graduate of Nashville Auto-Diesel College. Has four children.

Top 10 Donors
John Rocovich Attorney Roanoke $1,000
Sandra Davis realtor Blacksburg $1,000
Cindy Shelor owner Roanoke $500
Altria Client Services tobacco Richmond $500
William Lemon Attorney Roanoke $500
Kenneth Tuck medical doctor Roanoke $250
Virginia Wallace financial consulting Rocky Mount $250
Allen Woody president Roanoke $250
Christopher Tuck attorney Blacksburg $250
Daniel Crandall Attorney Roanoke $250

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Recent Mentions in the Media

WNCN: Man given 12 years in prison for 1971 murder

December 16, 2014
MOREAdditional LinksPoll. Area media outlets report Sinatra Dunn, who was arrested in July for first-degree murder, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Ralph Smith. Prosecutors said Dunn was a suspect but that ...and more »

Roanoke Times: Tobacco commission requests reapplication from revamped medical school project

November 20, 2014
Merced Sun-StarState Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Bedford County, joined the commission in 2012 and has been outspoken in asking for the grant to be rescinded, fearing that public money is being wasted. He has said the significant changes in the project's purposes should ...Tobacco commission changes plan for Va. medical school grantBluefield Daily Telegraphall 17 news articles »

WDBJ7: RAW VIDEO: Wallops Island explosion video from State Senator Ralph Smith

October 29, 2014
This cell phone video of Tuesday night's explosion at Wallops Island was taken by State Senator Ralph Smith. At first, Smith says everything seemed normal. The engine ignited and the rocket began rising slowly, but it quickly became apparent there was ...

WDBJ7: Western Virginia lawmaker witnessed Wallops Island explosion

October 29, 2014
You saw it happen live on wdbj7 at 6 last night when a rocket exploded shortly after lifting off from Wallops Island. But State Senator Ralph Smith had a front row seat. He witnessed the launch in person, and was there for what he describes as "the big ...and more »

Roanoke Times: Dr. Nancy Dye to challenge Edwards for Virginia Senate in 2015

September 23, 2014
... the 25th District, are the last Senate Democrats in the western end of the state. In May, Michael Hamlar, a Roanoke funeral home owner, announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge state Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Bedford County, in 2015.and more »

These are all of the video clips of Ralph Smith’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 108 video clips in all.

Bills

  • SB20: Lobbyist's Disclosure Statement; redesigns to clarify information requested and increase compliance.
  • SB21: Conflict of Interests Acts, State and Local Government and General Assembly; disclosure thresholds.
  • SB468: General Assembly; consideration of conference committee report on biennial budget.
  • SB469: Virginia Stormwater Management Program; localities with minimal Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • SB470: Speed limits; maximum limit on nonsurface-treated highways in certain counties.
  • SB471: Conflict of Interests Act, State and Local Government; filing of quarterly disclosure.
  • SB472: Legal notices; advertisement by localities.
  • SB474: Elections; method of nominating party candidates, party primaries.
  • SB637: School calendar; continuing waivers.
  • SB638: Prescription Monitoring Program; reporting requirements.
  • SJ195: Celebrating the life of Winston Leigh Plymale, Sr.
  • SJ196: Commending the Cave Spring High School softball team.
  • SJ197: Commending the Cave Spring High School debate team.
  • SJ198: Commending the Hidden Valley High School volleyball team.
  • SJ199: Commending Caleb Shane Tanner.
  • SJ5074: Celebrating the life of the Honorable James Clinton Turk.
  • SR49: Commending William Ray Teaford.
  • SB272: General Assembly; consideration of certain documents related to budget bill.
  • SB277: Abortion, forced or coerced; prohibited, penalty.
  • SB281: Elections; persons entitled to place on ballot when in compliance with campaign finance disclosure.
  • SB936: Teaching positions; notice to principals, assistant principals, or supervisors of reassignment.
  • SB937: Local taxes; interest on refunds and delinquent taxes.
  • SB939: Charter; City of Salem.
  • SB1099: School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting opening of school year, etc.
  • SB1100: General registrar; removes requirement that office be open on second Saturday before May election.
  • SB1161: General Assembly; consideration of conference committee report on biennial budget, etc.
  • SB1166: Littering & illegal dumping; if convicted, ordered to perform minimum of 10 hrs. community service.
  • SB1168: Elections; method of nominating party candidates.
  • SB1200: Traffic regulation; conforms Title 46.2 to changes to Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • SB1317: Real property; DGS authorized to convey property to Mennel Milling Company in Roanoke County.
  • SB1318: Cannabinoids, research chemicals, synthetic; penalties.
  • SJ446: Celebrating the life of John Everett Reed.
  • SJ447: Celebrating the life of Patsy Thomas Smith.
  • SJ448: Commending the Vinton Host Lions Club.
  • SJ449: Celebrating the life of Robert E. Dayton.
  • SB272: General Assembly; consideration of certain documents related to budget bill.
  • SB273: Cannabinoids, synthetic; amends provisions regarding criminalization.
  • SB274: Urban development areas; makes designation optional rather than mandatory for all localities.
  • SB275: Elections; party identification on ballots in local elections.
  • SB276: Elections; method of nominating party candidates.
  • SB277: Abortion, forced or coerced; prohibited, penalty.
  • SB278: Teachers; date changes for contract renewal for those without continuing contract status.
  • SB279: Abortion; informed consent, shall undergo ultrasound imaging.
  • SB280: Motor vehicle insurance; places time limits on appeals to DMV for suspension of driver's license.
  • SB281: Elections; persons entitled to place on ballot when in compliance with campaign finance disclosure.
  • SB282: Voter registration; cancellation of registrations from persons reported to be deceased.
  • SB283: Illegal voting and registrations; prohibition against voting more than once.
  • SB662: Waterworks & Wastewater Works Operators & Onsite Sewage System Professionals, Board for; licensure.
  • SB663: Voter identification requirements; concealed handgun permits as acceptable form of identification.
  • SB664: Legal notices; allows localities to meet notice requirements by utilizing their websites, etc.
  • SJ229: Celebrating the life of Henry Thomas Grindstaff.
  • SB505: Political parties; to determine method of nominating candidates.
  • SB507: Lobbyist's disclosure statement; Secretary of Commonwealth to redesign form.
  • SB749: Marijuana, synthetic; penalties for possession, intent to sell, distribute, etc.
  • SB867: Budget bill; Conference Committee Report shall not be considered until on website for 72 hours.
  • SB1211: Mennel Milling Company; DGS to convey certain real property located in Roanoke County.
  • SB1212: Certificate of public need; Commissioner of Health to approve request to amend certain conditions.
  • SB1213: Voter registration applications; Board of Elections to make available where fishing license is sold.
  • SB1214: Attorney General; investigation of complaints of abuse of person in care of others.
  • SB1215: Medicaid fraud; restitution.
  • SB1216: Delinquent sewer & water fees; authority to provide 30 days notice prior to recording lien.
  • SB1217: Abortion; person who forces or coerces pregnant female against her will is guilty of misdemeanor.
  • SB1218: Nominating candidates; political parties to determine method.
  • SB1266: Size and weight compliance agents; citations for overweight vehicles.
  • SB1434: Certificate of public need; addition of nursing facility beds in Planning District 11, etc.
  • SB1435: Abortion; person shall undergo ultrasound imaging and view image of her fetus.
  • SB1436: Eminent domain; condemnor is required to provide an appraisal to owner of condemned property.
  • SJ456: Commending Joe C. Tate.
  • SJ513: Celebrating the life of John P. Fishwick.
  • SR36: Celebrating the life of Connie Amos Thurston.
  • SB3: Concealed handgun permits; renewal by mail.
  • SB4: General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; disclosure of government employment.
  • SB5: Budget; consideration of certain documents related to.
  • SB502: Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority; delays reversion of title to real property to State.
  • SB503: Charter; Town of Fincastle.
  • SB504: Abortion; any person who forces or coerces pregnant female to have is guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • SB505: Political parties; to determine method of nominating candidates.
  • SB506: Political contributions; prohibition during procurement process.
  • SB507: Lobbyist's disclosure statement; Secretary of Commonwealth to redesign form.
  • SB508: House and Senate Ethics Advisory Panels; completion of inquiry once initiated.
  • SB509: Charter; Town of Vinton.
  • SB510: New River Valley Emergency Communications Regional Authority Act; created.
  • SB603: General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; penalties.
  • SB637: Jail superintendent and officers; service of civil and criminal process of jailed inmates.
  • SJ161: Commending Radford University on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
  • SJ235: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • SJ236: Commending Titan America.
  • SJ250: Commending Community Housing Partners.
  • SR20: Commending the Cave Spring High School boys' basketball team.
  • SB736: State song; designates 'Cradle of Liberty'.
  • SB779: Real estate taxes; assessments, bills, and deferral by localities.
  • SB827: Family life education; adds benefits, etc., of marriage for men, etc., to list of topics covered.
  • SB828: License plates, special; issuance to members & supporters of Friends of Blue Ridge Parkway, Inc.
  • SB829: Registered voters; registration residence requirements for person attending accredited institution.
  • SB875: Jury costs; plaintiff who requests trial in civil case shall be assessed.
  • SB934: General Assembly; consideration of certain documents related to the Budget.
  • SB935: Remote access to land records; Prince William County may establish a pilot program, assessing fee.
  • SB1224: Littering; person to perform community service if matter illegally dumped or ejected from vehicle.
  • SB1225: Charter; Town of Fincastle.
  • SB1513: Firearms; award of court costs, etc., to entity that prevails in action challenging locality.
  • SB1514: Real estate tax; notice of change in assessment.
  • SJ302: Celebrating the life of Leigh Buckner Hanes, Jr.
  • SJ356: Teenage driving; joint subcommittee to study.
  • SJ465: Commending Bruce M. Farrell.
  • SJ499: Celebrating the life of Henry D. Gregory III.
  • SJ500: Celebrating the life of James Arnold Jones.
  • SJ5009: Celebrating the life of Charlton Heston.
  • SJ5020: Commending Elmer C. Hodge, Jr.
  • SJ5021: Commending Malvin Wells.
  • SB730: Concealed handgun permits; access to permittee information.
  • SB731: Central Criminal Records Exchange; clarifies orders for mental health treatment forwarded by court.
  • SB732: Class 1 misdemeanors; local law-enforcement shall report to school superintendent, etc.
  • SB733: Illegal aliens; presumption against admission to bail for those charged with criminal offense.
  • SB734: Administrative Process Act; public participation guidelines for executive branch agencies.
  • SB735: Decedents' estates; priority of debts.
  • SB736: State song; designates 'Cradle of Liberty'.
  • SB762: Abortion; forced or coerced prohibited, penalty.
  • SB779: Real estate taxes; assessments, bills, and deferral by localities.
  • SJ207: Commending Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc., on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.
  • SJ233: Commending Forest G. Jones.
  • SJ5009: Celebrating the life of Charlton Heston.
  • SJ5020: Commending Elmer C. Hodge, Jr.
  • SJ5021: Commending Malvin Wells.
  • SJ6013: Celebrating the life of Therl Edward Leonard.