Senator Jeff Smith is beginning his first term in the State Senate after serving as one of Eau Claire’s most prolific and respected activists. Senator Smith has worked tirelessly in his community on public education opportunities, health care access and affordability, redistricting reform, protections for water and helping people run for elected office.
Senator Smith currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue & Financial Institutions. He also serves as member of the Ethics and & Rural Issues Committee; Government Operations, Technology & Consumer Protections Committee; and the Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry Committee.
Senator Smith previously served in the State Assembly during the 2007 and 2009 legislative sessions. Senator Smith was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform, Vice-chair of Financial Institutions, Vice-chair of Higher Education and member of the Education, Public Safety, Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs Committees. Jeff was a leader in the State Assembly on reforming payday lending regulations, puppy mill regulations and voter rights protections.
Before serving in the State Assembly, Senator Smith served on the Brunswick Town Board as Chair for 6 years. He was active with the Governor’s Task Force for Educational Excellence, the Wisconsin Parent Teacher Association Board, the Department of Public Instruction’s Parent Leadership Corps and the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools.
Senator Smith served the Eau Claire region as a small business owner. He operated a window cleaning business for 30 years. Senator Smith’s community involvement runs deep, and his passion for rural Western Wisconsin will be a welcome addition to the State Senate.
Today, Senator Jeff Smith and his wife Sue live on their farm in the Town of Brunswick caring for horses, chickens, dogs, cats, a llama and their land. Emily, their oldest daughter, lives in Tennessee working with horses and their owners. Their youngest daughter Sarah works in politics and most recently helped Sarah Godlewski become our new State Treasurer.