Oregon House of Representatives, 2001-2005, District 18 Clackamas County Commissioner, 2013-2016 The first woman elected to Oregon House District 18, which includes Silverton and Molalla. First Republican woman elected to Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.
Smith has raised berries, wheat, clover, pigs, cows and Christmas trees and currently owns a hazelnut farm. She is a fourth-generation farmer who lived and learned about farm economics from an early age. “Not only did I learn a work ethic, I learned the economic management of trying to do business when most of the regulations are against farmers,” she says.
Smith says there are still laws on the books that she passed while in the Oregon House of Representatives which strengthened land-use rights of farmers, including a bill that changed the farm income test limit of $80,000 per year to allow for other considerations such as real-life farm practices, as well as another that allowed for a mortgage to build a second home on a family farm if a family member wants to farm.
What is she up to today? In February 2018, Smith published a book, “Pay-to-Play: Sexual Harassment American Style,” about sexual harassment in the workplace. She is a professional speaker and “political evangelist for women in leadership.”
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