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
Left Office
January 2016
Age
75
Website
ralphsmithsenate.com
Copatroning Habits
58% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 65% of them are Republicans. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 56% of them are Republicans.
Partisanship
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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

5newsonline.com: Arraignment Held For Former Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey

March 25, 2017
NORMAN, Okla. (CBS) ? Former State Senator Ralph Shortey appeared at the Cleveland County Court House Friday (Mar. 24) afternoon for his arraignment on three felony charges related to child prostitution. At the hearing, a judge ordered Shortey to ...and more »

Philly.com: Ralph W. Smith Jr., 68, physician with 'magnetic personality'

January 3, 2017
Ralph W. Smith Jr., 68, physician with 'magnetic personality'Jemele Hill is right, and a shocking acquittal of a cop in St. Louis proves it. Sep 17 - 5:23 PM. Dr.-Ralph-W.-Smith-Jr-pic-for-. Dr. Ralph W. Smith Jr. by Valerie Russ, Staff Writer. Ralph W. Smith Jr., a physician, had a way of charming people. "He ...and more »

FedSmith.com: Making It Quicker and Easier to Fire VA Employees

May 11, 2017
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been working to have a Senate version of the House bill passed. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) is now backing the Senate bill to make it easier to fire VA employees and to make other changes outlined in the House bill.and more »

Daily Press (blog): Senate ethics stalwart Ralph Smith is retiring

March 16, 2015
You don't see this all that often in politics -- but every once in a while a well-established legislator with a lock on a seat decides it's time to step aside for the next generation. That's what state Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Roanoke County, is doing ...and more »

FedSmith.com: Bipartisan Support for VA Accountability Bill

May 15, 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a bipartisan bill. Its intent is to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing the secretary to dismiss employees who are not performing. It is ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Ralph Smith’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 111 video clips in all.

Bills

  • SB1249: School calendar; local school boards responsible for setting.
  • SB1250: Lobbyist disclosure; amends portion of form on which gifts are disclosed.
  • SB1251: Lobbyist reporting; disclosure statement.
  • SB1254: Judges; restriction on election and appointment by General Assembly.
  • SB1255: Elections; method of nominating party candidates.
  • SB1256: Localities; advertisement of legal notices on radio or television.
  • SB1257: Cash proffer for residential construction; sunset date.
  • SB1339: School board clerks; electronic maintenance of records.
  • SB1352: General Assembly; consideration of the conference committee report on the biennial budget.
  • SB1425: General Assembly; reports accompanying general appropriation bills.
  • SB1426: Standards of Learning; reduces total number and type of required assessments.
  • SJ305: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); powers of General Assembly; limitations.
  • SR130: Commending Ona Estelle Shrader Smith.
  • SR131: Commending Malcolm B.'Mac' Wiseman.
  • 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.