Debbie Smith was elected to the Nevada Legislature in 2000. She lives in Sparks and represents District 30 in the Assembly. She currently serves as the Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, as well as serving on the Health and Human Services and Elections Committees. In the interim, Assemblywoman Smith will chair the Interim Finance Committee and serve on several other interim studies.
A few of her priorities have been budget transparency and accountability and protecting education and human services budgets. She continues to work on education policy, particularly in the area of parental involvement, and has a history of working on wildlife and conservation legislation.
Formerly, Assemblywoman Smith served as Chairman of the Council to Establish Academic Standards for eight years, leading the state through the initial process of developing and passing the state’s first academic standards.
She is a past President of the Nevada Parent Teacher Association, as well as a former board member of the National PTA. She serves the boards of the Education Alliance, Girls Scouts of Northern Nevada, the Northern Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Nevada Afterschool Network. She is also a former Lander County School Board member.
She has been recognized for her legislative accomplishments by several organizations including the Public Education Foundation, the Nevada Association of School Boards, the Clark County School District, the Nevada Association of Social Workers, the Nevada Justice Association, the Nevada Conservation League, the Nevada Women’s Lobby and the Wild Sheep Foundation.
Mrs. Smith is a Council of State Governments Toll Fellow,
a graduate of the Emerging Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School, a graduate of the CSG West Western Legislative Academy and is a Flemming Fellow.
She is married to Greg Smith. They have three children and two granddaughters.