Collins-Smith was elected as a Democrat in November 2010, and, in August of 2011, announced she was switching to the Republican party.
The 49-year-old freshman lawmaker said she was raised a Democrat, but that the party has moved too far to the left and no longer represents her constituents.
Collins-Smith currently represents Randolph County and a portion of Sharp County in northeastern Arkansas. Her district, however, was redrawn under a plan recently approved by the Arkansas Board of Apportionment, putting her in the same district with another incumbent, Rep. Lori Benedict, R-Salem, starting with the 2012 election cycle.
Collins- Smith said, "I have known many of you for a long time. Others I have met only recently. But I treasure my friendships, and I look forward to knowing each of you even better than I do today, and working side-by-side with you to bring our state government back to the values of the good and decent people of Arkansas."
Collins-Smith is seeking the newly formed District 19 State Senate seat.