Rep. Matt Smith Assoicate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts Mesa College, 1978, 1980
Matt serves as State Representative for Colorado House District #54, located in western Mesa and Delta Counties. He currently serves on the Judiciary and Local Government Committees and the Joint Legal Services Committee. Matt serves as Chairman of the Energy Committee for the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) and as Chairman of the Uranium Mill Tailings Oversight Committee. Matt represents Colorado on the Energy Council, a national organization of state legislators from the ten largest energy producing states, and the Center for Legislative Environmental and Energy Research
Matt previously served as Chairman of the Energy Council, Vice-Chairman of the National Resource Committee for NCSL, Chairman of the House Local Government Committee, Chairman of the Joint Legal Services Committee, Commissioner for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the Colorado Local, State an Federal Forum, the Privacy Task Force, and the Supreme Court's Blue Ribbon Commission on Family Courts. Representative Smith has served on four interim study committees while in the legislature, including water, term limits, oil and gas, and as Chairman of the Commuter Air Service Committee. In 1998, Matt was selected as a delegate for the international legislative exchange program to Japan by the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
During his tenure in the legislature, Representative Smith has sponsored legislation concerning water and groundwater, management of federal lands in Colorado, air service safety and timely performance of air service, limitations on municipal annexations, numerous local growth measures, mass transit, consumer protection for purchasers of manufactured homes, higher education, recycling, juvenile justice, agriculture marketing, game damage, mine reclamations, mineral impact fees, Public Employee Retirement Accounts, absentee elections, privacy, open access to public records, drunk driving, beer keg identification, the uniform commercial code, the uniform parentage act, the uniform child support collection act and uniform probate code.
In the off-session, Matt works as an attorney in the firm of Traylor, Tompkins, Black & Gaty, P.C., in Grand Junction. He previously worked as an attorney for Morrison Knudsen Corporation working on water and natural resource projects throughout the western United States and with the commercial law firm of Connolly & Phillips, P.C. in Glenwood Springs. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1984.
Rep. Josh Penry has announced victory over former state lawmaker Matt Smith in the Republican primary race for Senate District 7.
Shortly after 9 p.m. and with approximately 66 percent of the vote counted, Penry thanked his supporters at Two Rivers Winery on the Redlands
“All I can tell you is ‘Wow,’” he said to a cheering crowd.
Penry then praised Smith, who did not respond to phone calls from The Daily Sentinel, for a tough campaign.
Of votes tabulated so far, Penry has garnered 8,162 votes, or 64.2 percent, to Smith’s 4,461 votes, or 35.1 percent.
-- Grand Junction Sentinel, Oct. 4, 2006