John Robert Smith

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John Robert Smith
Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi
In office
Preceded by Jimmy Kemp
Succeeded by Cheri Barry
Personal details
Political party Republican

John Robert Smith served four terms as mayor of Meridian, Mississippi and currently serves as the President and CEO of Reconnecting America, a national non-profit transit research and advocacy think-tank.


John Robert Smith was elected Mayor of Meridian in 1993 and re-elected three times. He decided not to run for a fifth term.


In 2002, Smith was elected as Chairman of the Board of the Amtrak Board of Directors. He had served on the board since June 1998.[1]

As mayor, Smith was known as a strong supporter of the arts. In 2005, he won a Public Leadership in the Arts Award from Americans for the Arts.[2]


  1. ^ Thaniel, Ron (2002-03-04). "Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith Elected Chairman of Amtrak's Board of Directors". U.S. Mayor Newspaper. Washington, DC. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ "News: Awards for Arts Achievement". United States: Americans for the Arts. 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Kemp
Mayor of Meridian, MS
Succeeded by
Cheri Barry