Shap Smith

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Shap Smith
92nd Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 8, 2009
Preceded by Gaye Symington
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
from the Lamoille-Washington 1 district
Assumed office
January 9, 2003
Preceded by New District[1]
Personal details
Born (1965-12-16) December 16, 1965 (age 50)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Melissa Volansky
Alma mater University of Vermont
Indiana University, Bloomington

Shapleigh "Shap" Smith, Jr. (born December 16, 1965 in Danbury, Connecticut) is an American politician who currently serves as the Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives. Smith is a candidate for the 2016 Democratic nomination for Governor of Vermont.


Smith graduated from the University of Vermont (B.A., 1987), and is a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He also attended the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington (J.D., cum laude, 1991). He is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. in Burlington.

Smith, a Democrat, was first elected to the Vermont House in 2002. He represents the Lamoille-Washington 1 District, which includes the Towns of Elmore and Morristown in Lamoille County and Woodbury and Worcester in Washington County.

Early in his House career he was a member of the Ways & Means and Joint Fiscal Committees. On December 6, 2008, House Democrats, who held a 95–48 majority, nominated Smith to be the next Speaker of the Vermont House.[2] He was elected Speaker on January 8, 2009,[3] and was re-elected on January 5, 2011, January 8, 2013, and January 7, 2015.

On August 20, 2015, Smith announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination for Governor.[4]

Smith resides in Morristown with his wife, Melissa Volansky, and their two children.


  1. ^ "In re Reapportionment of Towns of Woodbury and Worcester". Vermont Supreme Court. September 13, 2004. 
  2. ^ "Morrisville lawmaker nominated as House Speaker". (WCAX-TV Channel 3). December 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Speaker chosen, committees named, $120M bond proposed". Barre-Montpelier (Vt.) Times-Argus. January 8, 2009. 
  4. ^ Ledbetter, Stewart (August 20, 2015). "Shap Smith announces he's running for VT governor". WPTZ-TV (Colchester, VT). 

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