Robert Freeman Smith

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Bob Smith
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd district
In office
1983–1995
1997–1999
Preceded by Denny Smith (1983)
Wes Cooley (1997)
Succeeded by Wes Cooley (1995)
Greg Walden (1999)
52nd Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
1969–1973
Preceded by F. F. Montgomery
Succeeded by Richard O. Eymann
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
1963–1973
Preceded by Clinton P. Haight, Jr.
Succeeded by Denny Jones
Personal details
Born (1931-06-16) June 16, 1931 (age 83)
Portland, Oregon
Political party Republican

Robert Freeman "Bob" Smith (born June 16, 1931) in Portland, Oregon, is an American politician.

Early life[edit]

Smith grew up in Burns, Oregon. He attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, graduating in 1953 with an agricultural degree. He worked as a rancher until his election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1960.

Career[edit]

He served in the state House until he retired in 1972 to return to his ranch, and was Speaker of the House for the 1969 and 1971 sessions.[1] Between 1965 and 1969, Smith was the president of the Oregon Public Land Commission.

Smith, a Republican, was a United States Congressman from Oregon's 2nd congressional district from 1983 to 1995. After a brief retirement, he returned to Congress in 1997. Wes Cooley, the Republican who had succeeded Smith in the House, had been caught in several lies about his military service and Smith was persuaded to come out of retirement.[2] The Republicans promised him the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee if he won. He won easily, but only served one term before retiring for good.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Speakers of the House of Representatives of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on June 9, 2008.
  2. ^ Fattig, Paul (March 1998). "Former congressman, felon Cooley may run for office again". Mail Tribune News. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Denny Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd congressional district

1983–1995
Succeeded by
Wes Cooley
Preceded by
Wes Cooley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd congressional district

1997–1999
Succeeded by
Greg Walden
Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
Kansas
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Larry Combest
Texas