Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. John Smithee District 86 (R-Amarillo)

Industry
Lawyer, Real Estate
Education
B.B.A., West Texas A&M University. J.D., Texas Tech University
Spouse
Becky
Committees
  • Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence (Chair)
  • State Affairs
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Smithee is an attorney with the firm Templeton, Smithee, Hayes, Heinrich & Russell. His specialties are listed as personal injury, deceptive trade practice, environmental law and general commercial litigation.

  • Smithee lists a few additional sources of income (from interest, dividends, royalties/rents), such as Toot 'n Totum, a gas station and convenience store chain, R-T Investments, Le Norman Operation LLC, Amarillo National Bank and Alien City Wholesale.

  • According to his 2011 personal financial statement, Smithee owns shares of Conoco Phillips, Chevron, Gamco Global Gold Nat Res, Bank of America, Xcel Energy (the power supplier for Amarillo), the Amarillo Club, Century Link, AT&T, Chimera Investment Corp, Verizon Communications and Frontier Communications, and has investments in 11 mutual funds.

  • He owns shares in Smithee Properties, which focuses on real estate, oil and gas and ranching. Smithee is the president of Smithee Properties, but is not compensated for that role, according to his personal financial statement.

  • He has some working interests in natural gas leases in Hemphill County.

  • His spouse, Becky, is vice president of Smithee Properties.

Property

  • Residential property in Amarillo valued at $421,464.

  • 11 (10 commercial, 1 residential) properties in Potter and Randall Counties, valued at $2,156,726, and several mineral interests in Hemphill County.

Analysis

  • Smithee used to chair the insurance committee in the House, and was also on the oversight committee for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, receives campaign contributions from the insurance and the real estate industries. Smithee, who once worked as an attorney for insurance companies, says he does not solicit contributions and returns most of those contributions.

  • He was behind HB 1864, a 2011 bill "relating to a prohibition on the coercion of therapeutic optometrists and ophthalmologists by managed care plans." The Texas Optometric PAC was one of his biggest donors. The bill did not pass.