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TO COMMEND THE HONORABLE WILLIAM DOUGLAS "DOUG" SMITH, OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY, FOR HIS SIXTEEN YEARS OF OUTSTANDING AND DEDICATED SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO WISH HIM SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN ALL HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
Whereas, the Honorable William Douglas "Doug" Smith, of Spartanburg County, represented the citizens of House District 32 in that county for sixteen years with industry and excellence; and
Whereas, born in Spartanburg on April 3, 1958, to Suzanne E. Smith and Milton A. Smith, Sr., Doug Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wofford College in 1980 and then graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1983; and
Whereas, on July 23, 1994, he married his beloved wife Alison Evans, and they have two fine daughters, Cameron McIver and Anna Douglas; and
Whereas, he has served the Spartanburg Community on the board of directors of the Regions Bank of Spartanburg and as chairman of the Robert H. Chapman, Jr. Junior Golf Foundation, and he also serves on the South Carolina State Golf Association board; and
Whereas, Doug Smith, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, proved an outstanding legislator and always represented his constituents and the House as a whole with diligence since his first election in 1992; and
Whereas, he served his colleagues and constituents alike on the Judicial Merit Selection Committee, as the chairman of the Rules Committee, and as the vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and in November of 2000, he was elected as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House; and
Whereas, his candor, intelligence, common sense, and commitment to good government won the respect of his colleagues who admired him for his legislative abilities; and
Whereas, among Doug Smith's many accomplishments, the following are noteworthy: he sponsored legislation such as Property Tax Relief, Income Tax Relief, State Spending Limitations, Welfare Reforms, Educational Accountability, Life Scholarships, Judicial Reform, Government Restructuring, Truth in Sentencing, and Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies; and
Whereas, in 2005, he perceived a need to preserve our State's rich heritage of governance, and he acted to found The South Carolina New Statesman Society, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to "the promotion of ethical and enlightened leadership"; and
Whereas, every two years, this foundation will invite freshman members of the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate to participate in a three-day conference on legislative leadership, with expenses paid by the foundation; and
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives will miss the steady leadership that Doug Smith has brought to the House of Representatives and in the State House, and hope that he experiences fulfillment in all his undertakings. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, commend the Honorable William Douglas "Doug" Smith, of Spartanburg County, for his sixteen years of outstanding and dedicated service as a member of the House of Representatives, and wish him success and happiness in all his future endeavors.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to the Honorable William Douglas "Doug" Smith.
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