Representative David Smith
District 18 -  Republican

Photo of Representative David Smith
Capitol Address:
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room  334
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7376
Legislative Assistant:
Carla Ray
(405) 557-7376
Hometown

Arpelar

Measures Authored 2022
 
HB3077
HB3078
HB3079
HR1059

Measures Authored 2021
 
HB1575
HB1576
HB1577
HB1747
HB1942

News Stories: 2021-22
News Story Titles
Governor Signs Bill Easing Cou...  
Smith Hosts Veterans PTSD Awar...  
Committees

Conference Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs , Vice Chair
Veterans and Military Affairs , Vice Chair
A&B Select Agencies
Conference Committee on Elections and Ethics
Conference Committee on Technology
Elections and Ethics
A&B Southeast Oklahoma Subcommittee
Technology

District Information

District 18

County(s) Represented in District

Coal, Hughes, McIntosh, Pittsburg

Municipality(s) Represented in District

Allen, Arpelar, Ashland, Atwood, Bromide, Calvin, Canadian, Centrahoma, Coalgate, Crowder, Eufaula, Gerty, Hanna, Hitchita, Horntown, Indianola, Kiowa, Lamar, Lehigh, Longtown, McAlester, Phillips, Savanna, Stidham, Stuart, Tupelo

Zipcode(s) Represented in District

74425, 74426, 74428, 74430, 74432, 74437, 74438, 74442, 74445, 74501, 74530, 74531, 74534, 74535, 74538, 74553, 74556, 74570, 74572, 74576, 74825, 74827, 74839, 74845, 74848, 74850, 74871

Year Elected

Year: 2018

Term Limited

Year: 2030

Biographical Information
PERSONAL:

David Smith grew up in the Divide community close to Nashoba, OK, where he spent summers with his grandparents. From the age of 10, he worked the fields, hoeing peanuts near Red Rock State Park and cantaloupe and watermelon in other parts of the state. He quit school at the age of 15 and got a job as a dishwasher in a local restaurant to help support his mother and younger brother. He later worked in the oil industry and in construction, rising to the rank of foreman on a ranch in Arizona where he built corrals for Holstein cows.

In 1995, Smith completed his G.E.D. and in 1996, he joined the Army, specializing in military intelligence. That same year, he met and married his wife Teresa.

Smith planned to make a career in the military, but on his second enlistment he was injured to the point he received an honorable discharge.

After the military, the Smiths, who now had a young son, stayed in Arizona where David worked for various places while going to college, earning first his associate's degree and then his bachelor's degree in business management. At the end of his fourth year in school, Smith's wife gave birth to twin boys.

It was at this point, the Smiths decided to move back to Oklahoma and raise their sons like David was raised, "with Oklahoma manners and in God's country."

In 2018, Smith felt God tell him to run for state office. He's served as his district's state representative since that time, championing rural and veterans' issues.

As part of his work in office, Smith started an annual campout for veterans and their families. He began a program with local schools in which students draw Christmas cards that are distributed to veterans' nursing homes throughout the state. He started Reading with the Representative, a program in which he visits a school each Friday to read to kindergartners. He works with the 917 Society to distribute free pocket-sized U.S. Constitution's to all eighth-graders, He also started an essay contest for high school seniors in each county within his district. The winners receive a $500 scholarship toward college or a trade school of their choice.

The Smiths live in Arpelar and are proud members of the Arpelar Church of the Nazarene.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

House of Representatives, 57th Legislature to present