SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Reginald "Reggie" B. Smith, Jr. formally announced his candidacy on Wednesday for the position of Texas State Representative, District 62 on the steps of the Grayson County Courthouse.
District 62 is made up of Grayson, Fannin and Delta counties.
“I think it is important to have widespread local support across all of District 62, Smith said in a press release.
Smith is no stranger to District 62 or to the conservative battlefield of fighting for less government, lower taxes, Texas jobs, and secure borders.
Smith descends from a 6th generation Grayson County pioneer family. “My family came to Grayson County long ago in search of a better life and economic future and together, with friends and neighbors, helped build what we have today," Smith said. "These are transformational times and I want to do my part to insure we keep the blessings that have been handed down to us."
Smith is also the founder and owner of Reginald B. Smith, Jr. PLLC, a general practice law firm which he established in 2003.
He is a two term chairman of the Grayson County Republican Party and currently the Northern Regional Director of the Texas Republican County Chairman’s Association.
He has also served on the ballot security team for the Texoma Patriots providing election law advice to the local tea party organization in local elections.
In 1991, Smith received his B.S. in political science from Austin College in Sherman, and was a member of the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society.
In 1994 he earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas.
Smith is licensed to practice in Texas, and admitted to practice in federal court including the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has been recognized, locally, as the "Best in Texoma" in the field of Family Law for the past three years.
Smith’s involvement in conservative political causes spans more than two decades. Smith began as an officer in the college Republican Club, to his service as a delegate to Republican County and State Party Conventions, he played an important role in the transformation of Grayson County from a Democrat to Republican county.
Smith has been active in various local charitable and service organizations. He has served on the board of directors of Big Brother Big Sisters, Friends of Scouting with the Texoma Valley Boy Scouts and The Rehab Center among others.
He has coached little league teams and devoted much of his personal time with wife, Stephany, to raising their three children at their Van Alstyne home.
Smith is also a member of the National Rifle Association and First Baptist Church of Van Alstyne.