Before joining Heartland in December 2009, Smith served as executive director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the nation’s largest individual membership association of state legislators. Smith was also an active representative of a member company for more than two decades and was a former member of ALEC’s Private Enterprise Board and its Executive Committee.
During his career in corporate public affairs, Smith managed a public affairs staff at a national trade association of consumer products manufacturers and suppliers, as well as at two insurance companies. He has attended National Conference of State Legislatures meetings since that group’s inception, and served two terms on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Council of State Governments.
Smith chaired the Property Casualty Committee of the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania and served two terms as chairman of the Insurance Institute of Kentucky. He also served as president and a long-time board member of the State Government Affairs Council, a Washington, D.C.-based national organization of public affairs professionals.
In Ohio, Smith investigated securities fraud as head of the enforcement section of the Ohio Division of Securities, and for three years, served as chief counsel to the minority in the Ohio House of Representatives. He served as special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1969-1974, mostly investigating violations of federal criminal law in New York City and New York state.
Smith earned a bachelor of arts in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University and a law degree from Ohio State University College of Law. He has worked on political campaigns at every level of American government, from presidential, congressional and gubernatorial campaigns to state supreme court and school board races.