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Robert Freeman Smith (born June 16, 1931) is an American politician.

Robert Freeman Smith
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Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byPat Roberts
Succeeded byLarry Combest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byWes Cooley
Succeeded byGreg Walden
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byDenny Smith
Succeeded byWes Cooley
52nd Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
1969–1973
Preceded byF. F. Montgomery
Succeeded byRichard O. Eymann
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
1961–1973
Preceded byClinton P. Haight, Jr.
Succeeded byDenny Jones
Personal details
Born (1931-06-16) June 16, 1931 (age 88)
Portland, Oregon
Political partyRepublican

Early lifeEdit

Smith grew up in Burns, Oregon. He attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, graduating in 1953 with an agricultural degree. He worked as a rancher until his election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1960.

CareerEdit

 
Smith with George H. W. Bush in 1988

He served in the state House until he retired in 1972 to return to his ranch, and was Speaker of the House for the 1969 and 1971 sessions.[1] Between 1965 and 1969, Smith was the president of the Oregon Public Land Commission.

Smith, a Republican, was a United States Congressman from Oregon's 2nd congressional district from 1983 to 1995. After a brief retirement, he returned to Congress in 1997. Wes Cooley, the Republican who had succeeded Smith in the House, had been caught in several lies about his military service and Smith was persuaded to come out of retirement.[2] The Republicans promised him the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee if he won. He won easily and was duly appointed Chairman, but only served one term before retiring for good.

Later lifeEdit

On February 8, 2016, Smith struck and killed a pedestrian while driving in Medford, Oregon. The pedestrian was in the crosswalk when Smith hit him with his car and he later died at the scene. Smith did not flee the scene, was cooperative with investigators, and was determined to not be under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the accident.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Earliest Authorities in Oregon - Speakers of the House of Representatives of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on June 9, 2008.
  2. ^ Fattig, Paul (March 1998). "Former congressman, felon Cooley may run for office again". Mail Tribune News.
  3. ^ Jaquiss, Nigel (February 9, 2016). "Former Oregon Congressman Bob Smith Fatally Injured a Pedestrian". Willamette Week. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "Former U.S. Rep. Bob Smith kills pedestrian in Medford". The Oregonian. February 9, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Denny Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd congressional district

1983–1995
Succeeded by
Wes Cooley
Preceded by
Wes Cooley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd congressional district

1997–1999
Succeeded by
Greg Walden
Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Roberts
Kansas
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Larry Combest
Texas