SALEM - Curry County Commissioner and State Representative-Elect of Oregon House District 1 David Brock Smith, R-Gold Beach, has been appointed to key legislative committees for the state.
Smith and other elected legislators will be sworn in on Monday, Jan. 9. Smith will serve as state representative for all of Curry and parts of Coos, Douglas and Josephine counties.
“I am humbled and honored to be elected to represent the residents of House District 1, and it has been my distinct pleasure to serve the citizens of Curry County as their commissioner”, said Smith. “I am grateful to (Speaker of the House Rep. Tina Kotek, D-Portland) and (Republican Leader Rep. Mike McLane R-Powell Butte) for the appointments to the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, Early Childhood and Family Supports Committees, and the position of vice chairman to the newly formed Economic Development and Trade Committee. These committees are critical to the residents and industries of HD 1."
Smith has been elected to local public service for well over a decade. Among many other various boards and committees, he has served as a Port Orford City Council president, Port Orford and North Curry County Chamber of Commerce president/director, Curry County Planning Commission member and still serves as a Port Orford/Langlois School Board member. Most recently, Smith has served as a Curry County commissioner; he will be leaving that office to join the state legislature. As a county commissioner, Smith served on a number of boards and committees, such as the Association of O&C Counties and Association of Oregon Counties Board of Directors. He also served as the Association of Oregon Counties District 4 Chair, representing Curry, Coos, Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties, four of which encompass his new house district.
"I have been dedicated to the fish, farm and forestry industries, education, public health and safety and veterans services to the residents of southwest Oregon, focusing on economic development for our communities, their residents and industries," Smith said.
“From our work on changing the phytosanitary certification to allow for increased export of our agricultural products, to the formation of the Sudden Oak Death Task Force, these committee appointments will assist in furthering this and much more work for the residents and industries of Southwest Oregon. The SOD Task Force will assist in mitigating the spread of this economically devastating disease. I am honored that our U.S. senator, Jeff Merkley, has agreed to co-convene this vital task force with me," Smith said.
“Please call, email and visit my office in the Capitol," Smith said. "I have also secured district office space within the Curry County Annex building and we are in the process of securing an additional district office space in the Coos County complex, to allow for more public accessibility to the constituents, elected officials, industries and agencies of HD 1. These district offices will aid in the accessibility to your state government and help better the coordination of local government to the state legislature, which is very important to me."
“It is again an honor and a privilege to work for you and I look forward to serving my constituents in the state legislature," Smith said. "I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to represent the residents of House District 1, and I thank you for the privilege to do so."