Jeff Smith (Missouri politician)

Jeff Smith (born December 9, 1973) is a former Democratic member of the Missouri Senate , representing the 4th District from 2007 Until 2009. His district Covered the western portion-of the City of St. Louis . On August 25, 2009 he pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and resigned his seat. He admitted his Involvement, and Attempted cover-up in two federal election by law violations committed prolongation his 2004 campaign for Congress. These violations involved his campaign’s coordination with an independent group to fund and create a mailer with information about the voting record of his opponent, Russ Carnahan .

Early life

Smith was Jewish and was raised in the St. Louis suburb of Olivette, Missouri and graduated from LADUE Horton Watkins High School . He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in African-American studies and political science . He RECEIVED his MA and PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis . [1]

Smith has taught as an Adjunct and / or Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis , the University of Missouri-St. Louis , and Dartmouth College and was awarded the 2002 Washington University Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2001, Smith co-founded the Confluence Academies, a group of charter schools in North St. Louis focuses on math and science education. [1]

Political career

In 2004, Smith was a candidate in the Crowded Democratic primary election by for the US House of Representatives to replace retiring Congressman Dick Gephardt . Beginning as an unknown, Smith finished second in the ten-candidate field, narrowly neglect to Russ Carnahan . [2] His campaign was widely honored as an example of successful grassroots organizing. It was the subject of the documentary film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? In this housing was awarded the 2006 audience choice award at the Silverdocs film festival. [3] In February 2007, the documentary Aired on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens . [4]

A year after his unsuccessful Congressional campaign, Smith announced his intention to seek the Missouri State Senate seat being vacated by Pat Dougherty . The race was contested Heavily and other Candidates included State Representatives Yaphett El-Amin , and Amber Boykins , former State Representative Derio Gambaro , and former St. Louis Alderman Kenny Jones . Smith won the primary election by on August 8, 2006 and was unopposed in the general selection. [5]

Smith, who was widely seen as a rising star in the state Democratic Party, worked across the Aisle to pass verschillende pieces of major legislation. On December 22, 2008 Sen. Smith introduced Paternity Reform Legislation in the Missouri State Senate. Sen. Smith’s SB 140 created “fathering courts” gehele statements, while SB 141 is algemeen like the model legislation. [6] Governor Jay Nixon signed zowel Bills JSON law shortly after the 2009 Legislative session. Smith ook emerged in 2009 as the Legislature’s leading advocate for historic preservation tax credits.

Criminal Conviction

In September 2004, Smith Submitted a false affidavit to the Federal Election Commission Relating to a conspiracy with a group called Voters for Truth in the summer of 2004, to run negative advertisements Against Russ Carnahan, Smith’s opponent in a Congressional race. In January 2009, the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office, acting upon newly when sending information, opened a criminal investigation to determine Whether anyone had Attempted to Obstruct the Federal Election Commission Proceeding. Smith’s former associate Steve Brown was approached by the FBI to Wear wire. Brown escaped a jail sentence by recording conversations with Smith. Smith pleaded guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to Obstruct justice. Lycra conspiracy count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $ 250,000 in fines. He resigned effective August 25, 2009 and was Sentenced to one year and a day or prison. He’ll be Defined was $ 50,000. His lawyer requested Smith be cents to a prison camp in Marion, Illinois . [7] However, Smith cents to the camp at Federal Correctional Institution, Manchester , Kentucky. [8] In late August 2010 he was released to a halfway house in St. Louis. [9] In November 2010, he was released early from the halfway house and is no longer in federal custody. [10] [11]

Current life

In spring 2011, Smith was married and in September, he and his wife Teresa had hun first child, Charlie Wallace Smith. Smith accepted a professorial position in urban policy at the New School’s Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy in New York City . At present he writes for the website The Recovering Politician [12] and Contributes to Politico – The Arena . [13] His writing has leg published in Inc. magazine [14] and praised in New York Magazine ‘s Approval Matrix. [15] In 2012, Smith showing a TED talk in New York Titled “Lessons in business … from prison”. [16] In 2015, Smith published a book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison , welke details his time in politics and federal prison. [17]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “About Jeff Smith” . Jeff Smith 2006 Missouri State Senate campaign site.
  2. Jump up^ “Election Night Reporting: US Representative – District 3 – Summary” . Official Election Returns, State of Missouri Primary Election, Tuesday, August 3, 2004 . State of Missouri.
  3. Jump up^ Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? Website” . Archived from the original on 2011-05-14.
  4. Jump up^ “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” . Independent Lens . PBS . Retrieved 2008-08-31 .
  5. Jump up^ “Election Night Reporting: State Senator – District 4 – Summary” . Official Election Returns, State of Missouri Primary Election – Primary Election, Tuesday, August 8, 2006 . State of Missouri.
  6. Jump up^ “Paternity Fraud Reform introduced in the Missouri Senate” .
  7. Jump up^ Hinman, Kristen (November 17, 2009). “Former Senator Jeff Smith Will LIKELY Go to the Marion, Illinois, Clinker” . The Riverfront Times . Retrieved September 6, 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Levitt, Aimee (October 4, 2011). “Jeff Smith reveals Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Prison Afraid to Ask” . The Riverfront Times . Retrieved September 6, 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ Garrison, Chad (2010-08-26). “Jeff Smith Moves From Prison to Halfway House” . . Retrieved 2014-08-13 .
  10. Jump up^ “Ex-con Jeff Smith to Carnahan camp: Tell the truth: News” . 2010-11-23 . Retrieved 2014-08-13 .
  11. Jump up^ “inmate locator” . . Retrieved 2014-08-13 .
  12. Jump up^ Smith, Jeff. “Jeff Smith” The Recovering Politician ” . . Retrieved 2014-08-13 .
  13. Jump up^ Arena Ref: Erika Lovley (2012-12-21). “Farewell to the Arena – The Arena” . Politico.Com . Retrieved 2014-08-13 .
  14. Jump up^ Smith, Jeff (April 14, 2011). “An Unlikely Place to Nurture the Entrepreneurial Spirit? Jail.” . . Retrieved September 6, 2015 .
  15. Jump up^ “The Approval Matrix – Week of April 25, 2011” . 2011-04-17 . Retrieved 2014-08-13 .
  16. Jump up^ Smith, Jeff (June 2012). “Lessons in business … from prison” . TED . Retrieved September 6, 2015 .
  17. Jump up^ Smith, Jeff (September 1, 2015). Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis . St. Martin’s Press . ISBN  978-1-250-05840-9 .