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 County. She currently serves as ranking member on the House Technology and Economic Development Committee, and as 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 issues such as government accountability, environmental stewardship and regulatory reform.
Norma believes state government must ensure the most important priorities, services and projects receive the state’s first dollars. She also believes fostering the economic climate necessary for Washington families to prosper is essential not only for their well-being, but for the Legislature’s ability to fund a quality education for our children, programs for our must vulnerable, critical infrastructure projects and public safety efforts.
During the 2015 legislative session, Norma 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 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.
Norma is active in her community, dedicating her time to mentoring young adults. She is also active in her church, and served for a time on the South Whidbey School Board.
She lives in Clinton on Whidbey Island, where her and her late husband Steve raised their family and shared their lives and home with others. Norma’s family includes four wonderful grown children and their families.