(born March 25, 1947) is an American Democratic Party politician
, who has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate
since 2002, where he represents the 17th Legislative District
. Smith was elected to his first Senate term November 2001 to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of John Lynch
.Ackerman, Spencer. , The Daily Targum
, October 30, 2001. Accessed April 23, 2008. "Now, Assemblyman and former Piscataway Mayor Bob Smith is looking to take over for retiring State Sen. John Lynch, the powerful democrat castigated by his detractors as running 'the Lynch machine'."
Smith serves in the Senate on the Environment Committee (as Chair) and the Judiciary Committee.
Before being elected to the State Senate
, Smith served in the General Assembly
, the lower house
of the New Jersey Legislature
, from 1986 to 2001. In the Assembly, Smith served as the Deputy Minority Leader from 1994 to 1995 and as the Parliamentarian from 1988 to 1989.
Smith sponsored and passed laws dealing with such critical matters as increasing penalties for violations of environmental laws, repairing outmoded combined sewer systems, and reforming the state's oil spill prevention efforts. Senator Smith's legislative accomplishments include authoring the Ocean Pollution Bounty Act, Sludge Management Act, Oil Spill Prevention Act, the Worker and Community Right to Know Act and the Clean Water Enforcement Act. He has sought the... Read More