Samuel H. Smith (politician)

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Samuel H. Smith
Pennsylvania state legislator Sam Smith (2005).jpg
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 66th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 6, 1987
Preceded by Eugene Smith
139th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 4, 2011
Preceded by Keith McCall
Republican Leader of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
April 15, 2003 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by John Perzel
Succeeded by Mike Turzai
Republican Whip of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
January 2, 2001 – April 15, 2003
Preceded by Donald Snyder
Succeeded by Brett Feese
Personal details
Born (1955-08-10) August 10, 1955 (age 58)
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donna Smith
Residence Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Penn State University
Religion Methodist
Website www.samsmithpahouse.com

Samuel H. "Sam" Smith (born August 10, 1955) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 66th District and was elected in 1986. The district includes portions of Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong counties. He was elected Speaker in January 2011.

Biography[edit]

Born August 10, 1955 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Smith attended and graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University. After working for several years in the construction industry, he later took a job with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. In 1986 Smith was elected to succeed his father, Eugene "Snuffy" Smith, who had represented the 66th district since 1963.

He served as Minority Leader from 2007 through 2010, and spoke for his party on the floor and leads debate on major issues. Prior to the Democratic takeover in the 2006 election, Smith served as Majority Leader where he was responsible for planning, discussion, debate and final passage of legislation. He was also majority whip until 2003.

Following the 2010 election, which saw Republicans regain their House majority, Smith was elected Speaker when the House reconvened.

Personal[edit]

Smith serves on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and the Punxsutawney College Trust that supports the Punxsutawney Campus of IUP. With Gobbler’s Knob in the heart of his district, Smith is a long-standing member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

He is married to Donna Bruder-Smith and has a son, Zachary and a daughter, Alexandra.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Keith McCall
Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eugene Smith
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 66th District
1987–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Joe Scarnati
as President pro tempore of the State Senate
Pennsylvania gubernatorial line of succession
3rd in line
as Speaker of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Carol Aichele
as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania