Meet Our Members – Jeff Smith

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Representative Jeff Smith is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 1st District which includes Okoboji, Rock Rapids, and Spirit Lake.

Rep. Smith is the Chairman of the Ethics committee, and also serves on the Administration & Rules, Administrative Rules Review, Commerce, Environmental Protection, and Natural Resources committees.

Jeff was born June 23, 1967, to Garth and Marilynn Smith of Plover, Iowa. Jeff has one sister, who lives in Aurora, Colorado and one brother, who lives in Levelland, Texas.

He grew up on his family farm in Plover, Iowa and graduated from Havelock-Plover High School in 1986. Following high school, he attended Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture in 1991. After graduation, Jeff returned to work for his family’s farming operation where he raised corn and soybeans and managed a feeder pig operation. In 1994 Jeff moved to Spirit Lake where he worked for First Bank and Trust as a farm and commercial lender and branch manager.

Jeff has two children: Haley, a sophomore at Iowa State, and Ryley, a sophomore attending Spirit Lake High School.

Jeff is a member of the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church, where he has served as the Finance Committee Chairman. He is a member and past President of the Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis, a former Co-Chair of the University of Okoboji Winter Games, and a previous local director of the Midwest Youth Football League. Jeff has also served on the board of directors for the Spirit Lake Mainsail Chamber of Commerce, the Iowa Bankers Association Ag Committee, the City of Spirit Lake Zoning Board, and the Spirit Lake Youth Athletic Association.

Rep. Smith is not seeking re-election this year, after serving four years in the House.