On March 28, 1945, two days before Bob Smithâ€™s fourth birthday, his dad, a naval aviator, was killed during active duty at the end of World War II.
Bobâ€™s grandparents helped raise him and his brother Richard on their family farm while his widowed mother worked to support her two boys. On the farm, Bob learned the lessons of hard work, responsibility and patriotism. Life wasnâ€™t easy, but he made the most of what he had.
He worked his way through Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelorâ€™s degree in Government in 1965. He then met his wife, Mary Jo, and began his service in the Navy at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, in California. The newly married couple barely had enough time to unpack their bags before Bob left for active duty in Vietnam (1966-67) stationed on a ship in the Gulf on Tonkin.
In 1970, Bob and his family settled in New Hampshireâ€™s beautiful lakes region, where Bob taught history and government and Mary Jo taught elementary school. There they raised their three children, Jenny, Bobby and Jason.
He coached varsity baseball and junior high football, and later chaired the local school board. He owned a real estate firm in Wolfeboro, NH, and learned first hand what it means to meet a payroll.
In 1984, Bob Smith was elected to Congress as a true citizen legislator. He was honored again by the people of New Hampshire when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1990 and again in 1996.
He currently chairs the Senate Ethics Committee and is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary and Environment and Public Works Committee.
Throughout his service in the House and Senate, Bob has received national recognition as a champion for conservative principles. For fifteen years, Bob stood tall and often alone on such issues as defending the unborn, promoting a strong military, protecting our national sovereignty, accounting for our POWâ€™s and MIAâ€™s, and local control of education.
In the Senate Chamber, Bob sits at the original desk used by the great statesman, Daniel Webster. He says the desk, and the patriotic history it represents, inspires him every day to be mindful of his oath, to support and defend the Constitution.