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Lawrence J. Smith

Lawrence Jack Smith (born April 25, 1941) is an American politician and a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida.

Lawrence J. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byTom Lewis
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 96th district
In office
Personal details
Lawrence Jack Smith

(1941-04-25) April 25, 1941 (age 78)
Brooklyn, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sheila Cohen
Alma materNew York University
Brooklyn Law School

He attended public schools in East Meadow, New York. He attended New York University in New York City from 1958 to 1961. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1964. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1964 and he commenced practice in New York City. In 1972, he was admitted to the Florida bar, and from 1974 until 1978, he was chairman of the Hollywood (Fl.) Planning and Zoning Board. From 1978 until 1982, he served in the Florida House of Representatives.

Lawrence Smith was a delegate to seven Democratic National Conventions from 1980 to 2004. He was elected as a Democrat to the 98th United States Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses. He served from January 3, 1983 until January 3, 1993. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the 103rd United States Congress.

Smith announced his retirement from Congress after revelations of bounced checks in connection with the House banking scandal and improper use of campaign funds.[1] He pleaded guilty on May 25, 1993 to one count each of tax evasion and filing false campaign reports and was sentenced to three months in prison.[2]

Currently, he is a resident of Hollywood, Florida.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Lawrence J. Smith (id: S000586)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ "Smith to Quit Congressman says he will not seek re-election". Sun-Sentinel. April 29, 1992.
  2. ^ "Ex-Congressman To Go To Prison". New York Times. August 3, 1993.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Tom Lewis