Patricia Haynes Smith

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Patricia Haynes Smith

Louisiana State Representative for
District 67 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
In office
January 2008 – January 2020
Preceded by Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb
Succeeded by Larry Selders

Born April 28, 1946
Place of birth missing
Nationality African American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Freddie Smith, Jr.
Children Six children
Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Glenville High School

Kent State University
University of Youngstown
Louisiana State University

Occupation Former educator

Public relations specialist for Exxon-Mobil

Religion Roman Catholic

Patricia Haynes Smith, often known as Pat Smith (born April 28, 1946),[1] is an African-American Democratic former state representative for District 67 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Shecompleted her third term in the House in 2020.[2][3]


Smith graduated c. 1964 from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, by which time the formerly Jewish-majority school had become largely African-American in the makeup of the student body. She subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Kent State University in Kent, Oho. She is affiliated with the Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, an African-American sorority. Smith did graduate work at both Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[2][4]

Smith taught in public schools in Ashtabula and Baton Rouge. She is retired from Exxon-Mobil, at which she was employed in the public relations department. Smith and her husband, Freddie Smith, Jr. (born December 1945), have six children and reside in Baton Rouge. She is a member of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church and parish council. She is affiliated with both the YMCA and the YWCA and the National Advisory Committee for Black Achievers.[2]

Political life

Smith ran unsuccessfully in 2003 for the District 18 seat in the Louisiana State Senate.[4] In 2007, she finished second in the nonpartisan blanket primary for House District 67 with 2,415 votes (36 percent). The leading candidate, Democrat Lorri Ann Burgess (born January 1963) of Baton Rouge, received 2,598 votes (38.7 percent). The third-place finisher, Democrat David Brown, polled 1,705 votes (25.4), enough to prevent either Burgess or Smith from winning.[5] Smith defeated Burgess in the runoff election, called the general election in Louisiana though both candidates may be of the same party. In a low-turnout contest, Smith polled 2,793 votes (55.2 percent) to Burgess's 2,271 (44.9 percent).[6]

Smith faced a re-match with Burgess in 2011. Again with a low turnout, Smith prevailed, 2,916 votes (61.1 percent) to 1,854 (38.9 percent).[7] Burgess had also run unsuccessfully for the House in 2003, when she lost to Yvonne Dorsey Welch, Smith's predecessor in the seat.[8]

Representative Smith served on the Women's, Black , and Democratic caucuses. She served on these committees: (1) Appropriations, (2) Education, (3) Labor and Industrial Relations, (4) House Executive Committee, and (5) Joint Legislative Budget.[2]

Smith's legislative ratings have ranged from 17 to 67 from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. In 2012. the National Federation of Independent Business rated her 0 percent; in 2010, 38 percent. In 2013 and 2014, the conservative Louisiana Family Forum scored her 25 and 22 percent, respectively. In 2013 and 2014, she was rated 25 and 50 percent, respectively, by Louisiana Right to Life; she had a 100 percent Right to Life rating when she came to the House in 2008. She was rated 100 percent in both 2013 and 2014 by the Louisiana Association of Educators.[9]

In 2014, Smith did not vote on the requirement that abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges near their clinics; only five House members opposed the measure. That same year, she voted to extend the time for implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. She did not vote on the issue of forbidding the transportation of dogs in open truck beds on interstate highways. She co-sponsored the repeal of state anti-sodomy laws; the measure failed in the House, 27-67.[10]

In 2013, Smith voted to reduce penalties for the possession of marijuana. She did not vote on the issue of permanent concealed carry gun permits but in 2014 opposed the use of such permits in restaurants that serve alcohol. She opposed keeping information on concealed carry permits confidential and out of the public record. She voted to increase judicial pay and to end the mandatory retirement age for judges. She co-sponsored an "equal pay" plan for state employees. In 2012, she sponsored legislation to provide for parole eligibility for non-violent inmates. She voted to prohibit the use of telephones while driving and in 2011 opposed the holding of hand-held devices while driving. She opposed state tax incentives to recruit a National Basketball Association team to Louisiana and also opposed state income tax deductions for taxpayers donating to scholarship funds. She opposed reducing the number of hours that polling locations remain open; Louisiana has traditionally had 14-hour polling days.[10]

In 2011, Smith voted for a permanent tax on cigarettes. That year she sponsored the bill for parole eligibility for elderly inmates. She supported a failed bill which proposed to halt bullying in public schools. She opposed the requirement for drug testing of welfare recipients. She voted against the establishment of a commission to develop a plan to abolish the state income tax. She opposed the redistricting bill for both the state Senate and the congressional delegations.[10]


  1. Patricia Smith (Haynes). Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Patricia Smith Haynes. Retrieved on April 27, 2015; material no longer accessible on-line.
  3. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024: East Baton Rouge Parish. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Patricia Haynes Smith. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 20, 2007.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 17, 2007.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 22, 2011.
  8. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 4, 2003.
  9. Patricia Haynes Smith's Ratings and Endorsements. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Patricia Haynes Smith's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on July 30, 2020.