He began writing for the website The Recovering Politician and contributing to Politico - The Arena.  In November 2010, he was released early from the halfway house and is no longer in federal custody. He also was fined $50,000. Before serving in the State Assembly, Senator Smith served on the Brunswick Town Board as Chair for 6 years. Senator Smith served the Eau Claire region as a small business owner. Jeff Smith (Democratic Party) is a member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 31. Jeff was a leader in the State Assembly on reforming payday lending regulations, puppy mill regulations and voter rights protections. excerpted by Politico. Smith's former friend and associate Steve Brown was approached by the FBI to wear a wire. He also authored a successful and critically acclaimed  book chronicling the injustices faced by those incarcerated, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison.  Smith also served as the co-chair of the Eau Claire County Democratic Party.  Shortly after the letter controversy, Smith wrote an open letter dropping out of the race and asking his supporters to support Laning.. On December 22, 2008, Smith introduced Paternity Reform legislation in the Missouri State Senate. Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to the AFL-CIO, Smith received a rating of 100.  He is a member of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. He resigned effective August 25, 2009 and was sentenced to one year and a day of prison. In 2001, Smith co-founded the Confluence Academy, a charter school in North St. Louis focusing on math and science education. Each conspiracy count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Smith won the primary election on August 8, 2006, and was unopposed in the general election.. , Smith has taught as an Adjunct and/or Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri–St. Smith … Beginning as an unknown, Smith finished second in the ten-candidate field, narrowly losing to Russ Carnahan. He founded the Parent Advisory Committee for the Eau Claire School District. Senator Smith currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue & Financial Institutions. Jeffrey E. "Jeff" Smith (born March 15, 1955) is a small-business operator and politician from Eau Claire, Wisconsin who served as a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2007 to 2011, representing the 93rd Assembly District. Senator Jeff Smith is beginning his first term in the State Senate after serving as one of Eau Claire’s most prolific and respected activists.
 He was the chair of the Elections and Campaign Reform Committee and a member of five other committees: Colleges and Universities, Financial Institutions, Education, Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs, and Public Safety. Emily, their oldest daughter, lives in Tennessee working with horses and their owners. , A year after his unsuccessful Congressional campaign, Smith announced his intention to seek the Missouri State Senate seat being vacated by Pat Dougherty.  His writing has been published in Inc. magazine  and praised in New York Magazine's Approval Matrix. More than 300 people, including a bipartisan group of the state's top elected officials, wrote public letters to the judge presiding over Smith's case, requesting clemency and arguing that—as Smith's prison counselor in Kentucky would later note—detaining Smith would be a waste of money and resources. , In 2004, Smith was a candidate in the crowded Democratic primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace retiring Congressman Dick Gephardt. Senator Smith has worked tirelessly in his community on public education opportunities, health care access and affordability, redistricting reform, protections for water and helping people run for elected office.
Senator Smith’s community involvement runs deep, and his passion for rural Western Wisconsin will be a welcome addition to the State Senate.  In late August 2010 he was released to a halfway house in St. Prior to his political career, Smith co-founded Confluence Academies, a group of urban charter schools in St. Louis that now enroll nearly 4,000 students. Smith assumed office in 2019.
Because of that work, he was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to serve on the Task Force on Educational Excellence in 2003. ", "Election Night Reporting: State Senator - District 4 - Summary", "Paternity Fraud Reform Introduced in the Missouri Senate", "Former Senator Jeff Smith Will Likely Go to the Marion, Illinois, Clinker", "Jeff Smith Reveals Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Prison Sex But Were Afraid to Ask", "Jeff Smith Moves From Prison to Halfway House", "Ex-con Jeff Smith to Carnahan camp: Tell the truth : News", "An Unlikely Place to Nurture the Entrepreneurial Spirit? A member of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, he represents District 31, which streatches from Eau Claire to Prescott to Black River Falls. Senator Smith has worked tirelessly in his community on public education opportunities, health care access and affordability, redistricting reform, protections for water and helping people run for elected office. His lawyer subsequently requested Smith be sent to a prison camp in Marion, Illinois. Smith told reporters that he decided to become a Republican because the Republicans had recruited a candidate to run against him in the upcoming election for House Speaker. He also serves as member of the Ethics and & Rural Issues Committee; Government Operations, Technology & Consumer Protections Committee; and the Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry Committee. As Wisconsinites we value our neighbors, our environment, and our kids. Madison Office: Smith switched from the Democratic Party to the Republicans on June 1, 2011. , In February 2010, Smith received a Humane State Legislator award from The Humane Society of the United States, which recognized him for his efforts to pass The Dog Breeders Licensure Bill, which regulates large-scale puppy breeding operations, commonly referred to as "puppy mills.". If elected DPW Chair, Smith said he’d make it a priority to engage county parties and empower them to be more proactive.  In February 2007, the documentary aired on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=51946, "League of Conservation Voters Scorecard 2010", "Rep. Jeff Smith Receives Humane Legislator Award", https://us10.campaign-archive.com/?u=a1cad923c938cf6db2dfe7cfe&id=d30a2508fe, "Jeff Smith drops out of race for Dem Party chairmanship", Canvass Results for 2018 Partisan Primary, Canvass Results for 2018 General Election, Canvass Results for 2014 General Election, Canvass Results for 2012 General Election, Canvass Results for 2010 General Election, Canvass Results for 2008 General Election, Canvass Results for 2006 General Election, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jeff_Smith_(Wisconsin_politician)&oldid=986332500, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 31 October 2020, at 05:23.  However, Smith was sent to the camp at Federal Correctional Institution, Manchester in Kentucky.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in African-American Studies and political science. Today, Governor Tony Evers and Tourism Secretary-designee Sara Meaney announced the TRAVEL stimulus grant program, an $8 million initiative to provide support to Wisconsin's tourism industry. Smith was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. In September 2004, Smith submitted an affidavit to the Federal Election Commission relating to an accused conspiracy with the group Voters for Truth, occurring in the summer of 2004.
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