STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 67

Patricia Haynes Smith

I make every attempt to be a true public-servant. not only to those who elected me but to the entire population of families and students in the State of LA. My legislation has been diverse with concentrations on Education Reform and Penal Reform.

ABOUT ME

WHY CHOOSE US.

I make every attempt to be a true public-servant. not only to those who elected me but to the entire population of families and students in the State of LA. My legislation has been diverse with concentrations on Education Reform and Penal Reform. It is my hope to leave a legacy of “change” as I continue on this public service journey.

Married to FREDDIE SMITH, JR.

6 Children

11 Grandchildren

EDUCATION/FORMER EMPLOYMENT

Education

  • Attended St. Francis Xavier and Southern Lab
  • Graduated from Glenville High School, Cleveland, Ohio
  • BS in Education from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Post graduate work at Youngstown State, Youngstown, Ohio and LSU

Former Employment

  • Coordinator of LSU Community University Partnership—2004 – 2007
  • ExxonMobil–1981 to 2003
  • Teacher— EBR Parish Schools-Glasgow Middle Magnet
  • Teacher— Ashtabula Area City Schools, Ashtabula, Ohio

LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE

Re-elected to second term as State Representative – District 67, Louisiana House of Representatives, November 2011

COMMUNITY AND CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

  • Member of St. Francis Xavier Church
  • Past President of St. Francis Xavier Parish Council
  • Past Director of the Children’s Choir
  • Member of the Contemporary Choir

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Two terms as Chair of the LA Legislative Black Caucus (2nd term ended January 2013)
  • Formerly served as the 1st Vice- Chair of LLBC
  • Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus
  • NOBEL – Women – 1st Vice Chair
  • NBCSL (National Black Caucus of State Legislators)
  • Baranco Clark YMCA Board/Immediate past Chair of the board
  • Former Member of the National Advisory Committee for Black Achievers’ -YMCA of the USA
  • Black Achievers’ Steering Committee – Chair, Scholarship Committee
  • GBR Chamber Leadership Alumni
  • Holiday Helpers
  • Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority- Silver Soror
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

For the past 10+ years I have served as the State Representative for District 67. This journey has had many challenges as well as many celebrations. 2019 marks my last year as a member of the House due to term limits but I know I have much more work to do. That’s why I have officially decided to announce that I am a candidate for the Senate for District 14. My senator, Yvonne Dorsey Colomb is also term limited and is wholeheartedly supporting me in this effort.

Women are becoming a vital part of the fabric of the political sphere and I want to do my part to continue to raise Louisiana’s numbers to become more representative of the rich diverse population we have here in the state. Women represent only 14.6% of the legislative members and we have the third smallest number in the country. I definitely don’t want to see the numbers diminish so I am looking forward to representing the constituents in Senate District 14 in 2020.

I have been staunch supporter of public education and will continue to support our educators and our school districts that often struggle in the wake of fewer resources, human capitol and stability in staffing. I support 150% increasing the MFP and raising teacher pay.

Additionally, it is crucial that we continue to fund higher education to its fullest to ensure every young person who seeks a post secondary degree is able to achieve it either at a 4 year or 2 year facility. Our school districts need to expand their ability to provide training under the Jumpstart program to train students in technical careers leading to employment in high demand high wage jobs.

Jobs & Economic Development
It is a clear fact that LA's economy has been growing. Unemployment numbers have decreased but there are pockets in the state where unemployment is extremely high There are a number of factors that contribute to this issue. Education, criminal history and lack of skills for higher paying jobs. The Jumpstart program being offered in high schools throughout the state now offers training for high school juniors and seniors ...
Criminal Justice
I have been a strong proponent of criminal justice reform since entering the legislature. Many of the bills I introduced were merely band aid efforts to reduce prison populations in our jails and state facilities. Creating opportunities for additional good time and working with DOC on bills they supported were a part of my agenda. Some of the issues we face but the legislature has yet to address include:
Education Agenda
The 2010 Education reform bills initiated by the former administration were passed that expanded the authority of the Recovery School district as well as charters and vouchers. In addition, bills beyond 2010 began to change teacher evaluations, tenure laws and superintendent authority in hiring. There were many flaws in those bills and various members of the committee spoke out to attempt to correct them for children.

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SCHOOL BOARD
When I became a State Representative, I took with me my passion for public education. Ad a former education I knew firsthand what teachers faced on a daily basis attempting to teach in EBRPS System. The governor and his administration seemed to be more interested in drastically changing the face of traditional public education since the changes that had been made regarding take-over of schools in the accountability plan. Setting up a recovery school district, taking over low performing schools and placing them in the RSD or chartering them was the lay of the land. I felt strongly and still do that traditional education needed some infusion of innovation but what occurred seemed to morph into dismantling public education as we knew it. I was present when the charter law was put in place by then Supt. Cecil Picard. The language was quite succinct on what charters were to accomplish. Unfortunately, that law is not being followed today. I didn't fear charter schools since EBR had the first charters in the state and I served on the charter task force at that time. I do feel strongly that better vetting of charter providers is necessary to ensure success. I do believe that every child deserves a quality, education no matter who is offering it. I am also inclined to point out the flaws to reforms that I believe will not change a child's life educationally.
MERGER OF SUNO AND UNO
SAVING SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AS A SYSTEM
MERGER OF SUNO AND UNO In 2011, my first term in the House, a bill was introduced to merge SUNO and UNO. I was also serving my first term as chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) and served on the House Education Committee. I knew that we needed to stop this bill from passing. I took on the responsibility of securing votes to keep the bill from coming to a vote on the House floor. Passing this bill would have destroyed the only HBCU System in the country. Alumni from across the country but especially those in the state were involved in contacting legislators from their areas seeking support to help defeat the bill. On May 19, 2011, the top headline of The Advocate stated, "SUNO-UNO MERGER DEAD". A second portion of the bill passed to move UNO to the UL System passed both chambers but was vetoed by the Governor.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
As a survivor of domestic violence, I've discovered that telling my story gets easier each time. At first I was ashamed but then began to realize that my story could help some other person remove oneself from the abusive situation. Domestic violence has spiked in the state with more individuals being murdered by their abuser. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. GET STATS Over my 10+ years in the House, I have authored and co-authored bills related to women's issues. I've passed bills relative to stalking by allowing victims to receive the same resources as sexual assault or DV victims. In 2018, I passed two bills regarding DV. One removes a firearm for the duration of a protective order, and the other makes DV, inclusive of abuse of a dating partner, a crime of violence under certain circumstances. The bill addressed strangulation and abuse in the presence of children. There are many advocacy groups that have joined together to fight domestic abuse and sexual assault. It's important to recognize the impact that DV has on children. So it is very important to try to get some semblance of normalcy into the family's life. I’m pleased I’ve been able to journey from survivor to a champion against DV.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Before there was a concerted effort to change the criminal justice system in LA, I was authoring bills that affected the habitual offender laws, good time accumulation, medical probation, geriatric probation, skills training in prison, ban the box and felons voting. While all of these efforts didn't pass but many did and I signed on to many as a coauthor. With the passing of the 10 bills in 2017, LA made great strides in reducing its prison population. But more work needs to be done, We are no longer the number 1 incarceration capitol of the world but we still convict more people for longer periods of time than other states for the very same crime. It's quite evident that these old laws were initiated to ensure that African Americans would lose rights as citizens even after returning to society. Now we are working on re entry programs, and starting 3/1/19, we will allow felons to vote who are on probation or parole, who have not been back to jail in a 5 yr period. Although a much smaller number, we are also addressing the issues women in prison face through a task force we created in 2018. I was instrumental in getting DOC to provide skilled training in welding for women at LCIW and we now have college classed being taught at the prison via Tulane. We also passed a Dignity bill that specifically looks at issues that can be changed by DOC that specifically affect women inmates.
EDUCATION
When I became a State Representative, I took with me my passion for public education. Ad a former education I knew firsthand what teachers faced on a daily basis attempting to teach in EBRPS System. The governor and his administration seemed to be more interested in drastically changing the face of traditional public education since the changes that had been made regarding take-over of schools in the accountability plan. Setting up a recovery school district, taking over low performing schools and placing them in the RSD or chartering them was the lay of the land. I felt strongly and still do that traditional education needed some infusion of innovation but what occurred seemed to morph into dismantling public education as we knew it. I was present when the charter law was put in place by then Supt. Cecil Picard. The language was quite succinct on what charters were to accomplish. Unfortunately, that law is not being followed today. I didn't fear charter schools since EBR had the first charters in the state and I served on the charter task force at that time. I do feel strongly that better vetting of charter providers is necessary to ensure success. I do believe that every child deserves a quality, education no matter who is offering it. I am also inclined to point out the flaws to reforms that I believe will not change a child's life educationally.

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13 April

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15 February

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11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 2647 Government Street, BR LA 70806
1 February

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26 January

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