About Rep. Norma Smith

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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 Technology and Economic Development Committee, and as the assistant ranking member on the House Capital Budget 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, she was able to secure record investments across the continuum of care. Recently, she helped negotiate and pass the first state net neutrality law in the country, which will preserve a fair and free internet, protect consumer choice, and ensure entrepreneurs and small business owners 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 in funds 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 overwhelmingly, putting Washington state on a path toward becoming a leader in advancing the use of earth-abundant materials in clean technologies, which 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 seeking to give individuals more control of their personal data, and to demand greater accountability and transparency from those who seek to profit from monetizing it. Those efforts include the creation of the state Office of Privacy and Data Protection, a minimum data privacy standard for utilities, and a law constricting and regulating the collection and use of biometric data by state agencies.

Norma also remains strongly committed to fostering the economic climate needed for families to prosper and job creators to grow. That means passing legislation to hold 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.