David Smith was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018. He now represents the citizens of House District 38. The district encompasses the Southwestern section of Seminole County and includes portions of Oviedo, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Longwood, Fern Park, Altamonte Springs and Wekiva Springs.
After 30 years of service, David retired at the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps. He has worked in the private sector of Central Florida’s Simulation & Training industry for the last ten years. He is a Business Consultant.
Representative Smith is a member of the following committees:
The State Affairs Committee considers matters related to Florida’s agriculture and citrus industries, environmental protection, conservation of Florida’s natural resources, flooding, growth management, affordable housing, state agency governance, and local government.
The Public Integrity & Elections Committee considers legislation and exercises oversight on matters relating to the conduct and ethics standards of House members, state and local public officials, public employees, lobbyists, and candidates for public office; the regulation of elections and political fundraising; and the constitutional prerogatives of the Legislature such as impeachment.
The Local Administration & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee considers matters related to Florida’s local governments, Florida’s veterans, the Florida National Guard, and the military. The subcommittee has primary responsibility for the local bill process.
The Insurance & Banking Subcommittee considers matters related to insurance companies and agents doing business in life, health, property, casualty (including auto and workers’ compensation), and title insurance, among numerous other insurance products; insurance fraud; financial enterprises and individuals, such as, state‐chartered banks, state‐chartered credit unions, trust companies, mortgage loan originators, mortgage brokers and lenders, securities industry participants, consumer finance companies, money transmitters, foreign currency exchangers, and payday lenders; the state fire marshal; and funeral, cemetery, and consumer services.
The PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee produces the House’s proposed budget and conforming and implementing legislation for the following areas: Department of Education, Florida’s K‐12 education system, State Board of Education, School readiness, and the Voluntary Pre‐K program.
The Justice Appropriations Subcommittee proposes nearly $5 billion of budget recommendations for criminal justice agencies and programs supporting the state’s judicial system. Major budget claimants are the Department of Corrections, the Commission on Offender Review, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Legal Affairs & Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Law Enforcement and Florida’s State Courts System.
David’s family moved to Central Florida in 1972. His father was a career U.S. Army officer and Vietnam Veteran. His extended family still lives in Merritt Island.
Growing up and throughout high school, David was very active in sports. He played on both community and school baseball, basketball, football, and tennis teams. Additionally, he acted in multiple community theater productions, which included roles in Inherit the Wind, Guys & Dolls, Harvey, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Lion in Winter, Macbeth, As You Like It, and Jesus Christ Superstar. David attended vocational training in high school and earned a certification in welding.
David attended Texas A&M University on a military scholarship and graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. David earned his wings of gold at NAS Pensacola launching his career as a UH-1N helicopter pilot.
During his career he flew more than 4,500 accident free flight hours and was a designated Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He made six extended deployments overseas or aboard ship, including a combat tour flying in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to his flying duties, David also had multiple assignments as a Program Manager overseeing military procurement contracts.
After graduating from the Defense Acquisition University he was selected by the Marine Corps as one of their first Acquisition Professionals. David also holds a Master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology in Business Management.
He had Command assignments or Program Management responsibility for three separate billion-dollar programs, and his final Marine Corps assignment was leading a military and civilian workforce at the Central Florida Research Park that managed $1.4 billion worth of Simulation & Training projects.
After 30 years of service, David retired at the rank of Colonel. He has worked in the private sector of Central Florida’s Simulation & Training industry for the last seven years. He currently owns a business consulting company.
Colonel David Smith lives in Winter Springs and is very active in community affairs. He is a Paul Harris fellow at the Winter Springs Rotary Club, a member of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, VFW Post 5405 and multiple other Veterans organizations and local non-profit groups. He is a member of Leadership Orlando class #78 and Leadership Seminole class #26. David is a member of CrossLife Church in Oviedo.