About Rep. Norma Smith
Since 2008, Rep. Norma Smith has served the people of Washington state's 10th Legislative District, which includes all of Island County and parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties.
She currently serves as the ranking member on the House Innovation, Technology and Economic Development Committee, and as the assistant ranking member on the House Capital Budget Committee. She also serves on the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee.
During her time in office, Norma has been committed to finding positive solutions to the most pressing issues facing the 10th District and the state. She has built and been involved with multiple bipartisan coalitions addressing a number of critical issues.
In 2017, she was asked to help lead the behavioral and mental health portion of the capital budget. Working with a bipartisan team of legislators, record investments across the continuum of care were secured. During the 2018 session, she helped negotiate and pass the first state net neutrality law in the country, which is preserving a fair and free internet, protecting consumer choice, and ensuring entrepreneurs and small business owners can remain competitive globally.
Norma has also been a strong advocate for the adoption of long-term environmental stewardship policies that recognize the responsibility we have to the generations that will follow us. In 2013, she successfully led the effort to secure the final $3.5 million needed to complete the removal of derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound.
During the 2015 legislative session, she introduced legislation to establish the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth-Abundant Materials. Her bill passed with overwhelming support, putting Washington state on a path toward becoming a leader in advancing the use of earth-abundant materials in clean technologies. These technologies will have a profound impact on the future of our national security, energy independence, sustainability and environmental responsibility.
In recent years, Norma has introduced a number of bills that have been signed into law, giving individuals more control of their personal data and demanding greater accountability and transparency from those who seek to profit from monetizing it.
Norma also remains strongly committed to supporting economic policies that help strengthen the middle class and allow job creators to grow. That means holding state agencies accountable when they are not being fair to small business, fighting to keep energy costs low for families and the production sector of our economy, and supporting responsible tax policies that do not overburden taxpayers.
Norma lives in Clinton on Whidbey Island. She is active in her church and community, and dedicates her time to mentoring young adults. She served for a time on the South Whidbey School Board, and was also honored to serve as special assistant to Congressman Jack Metcalf from 1995-2000.