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  ???
Personal details
Born (1965-12-16) December 16, 1965 (age 49)
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 serving as the Democratic Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives since 2009. Smith is a six-term member representing the Lamoille-Washington 1 District, which includes the Towns of Elmore and Morristown in Lamoille County and Woodbury and Worcester in Washington County. Mr. Smith resides in Morristown with his wife, Melissa Volansky, and their two children.

Smith was first elected to the Vermont House in 2002. He was a member of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Joint Fiscal Committee. On December 6, 2008, House Democrats, who held a 95–48 majority, nominated Smith to be the next Speaker of the Vermont House.[1] Smith was first elected Speaker on January 8, 2009.[2] He was re-elected as Speaker on January 5, 2011, and on January 8, 2013.

Smith is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. in Burlington. He 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).


  1. ^ "Morrisville (sic) lawmaker nominated as House Speaker". (WCAX-TV Channel 3). December 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Speaker chosen, committees named, $120M bond proposed". Barre-Montpelier (Vt.) Times-Argus. January 8, 2009. 

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