State Representative Richard A. Smith proudly serves the 108th General Assembly District communities of New Fairfield, Sherman, New Milford and Danbury. Rep. Smith, who is currently serving his fifth two-year term, is a House Republican Policy Chairman and member of the Housing, Judiciary and Labor and Public Employees Committees.
Over the course of serving in the General Assembly, Rep. Smith has been and remains very active in the fight against overspending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth. Rep. Smith supported several measures in his first term that promote smart spending and streamlined cost-saving policies packaged within the Republican “Pathway to Prosperity,” which is a five-year blueprint of how to get the state back to fiscal stability. He has also been routinely endorsed by the National Business Institute, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) and Connecticut Realtors for his support of pro-business legislation and his fight against harmful anti-business bills.
In 2015, Rep. Smith successfully eliminated the hidden fees of variable electric rates, giving consumers a much needed reprieve. Previously, he supported legislation that holds utility companies more accountable for timely emergency storm response.
In 2016, for the third time in his career, advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) named Rep. Smith a “Community Champion” of Connecticut and recognized him nationally as a “Legislative Champion” for his public safety policy work. Specifically, Rep. Smith was recognized for his work in crafting a law increasing penalties to those who are convicted of drunk driving with a minor in the vehicle and requiring the installation of intoximeters into the vehicles of anyone charged with DUI.
Rep. Smith was also successful in aiding the passage of legislation that restored funding for the Medicare Savings Program. Rep. Smith supported this bill from its beginnings as a petition to bring the General Assembly back into a Special Session in 2018 to address the issue. The bill also included requirements to reduce the number of managers and consultants, consolidate human resources, prevent funding cuts over 10 percent, and find savings in Executive Branch functions.
Engaging with the community is a priority for Rep. Smith and on several occasions he has hosted a variety of in-district forums on the state budget and other legislative issues and always welcomes an open dialogue with constituents.
Before being elected to the General Assembly, Rep. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of New Haven and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Bridgeport School of Law. While attending the University of New Haven, Rep. Smith was elected into the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.”
Rep. Smith has been actively involved in the Danbury Bar Association, having served as its Secretary, Vice President, President and past Chair of the Real Estate Section. He is also a member of the Connecticut, Federal and United States Supreme Court Bars.
Rep. Smith has served in many volunteer and civic posts as well. A member of the Lions Club of New Fairfield since 1990, he served as its President in 1994-95 and is a Melvin Jones Fellow. He has also served five years as both a member of the New Fairfield Board of Education and currently serves on the University of New Haven College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board. He has additionally volunteered to sit on both the New Fairfield Community Coalition for the Prevention of Youth Violence and the School-Family-Community Partnership Committee.
Rep. Smith is actively involved with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in New Fairfield and spent over ten years serving on the Cal-Ripken New Fairfield Baseball Board of Directors. In the past, Rep. Smith teamed up with Danbury-based Jericho Partnership to run a very successful coat, hat, and gloves drive for families in need in the District.
When he’s not at the Capitol, Rep. Smith works as a self-employed attorney in New Fairfield. Rep. Smith resides in New Fairfield with his wife, Elizabeth, and is a proud father of two adult children, Chase and Courtney.