SENATOR ERICA SMITH’S BACKGROUND

POLITICAL BACKGROUND

Smith is a Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 3 – Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Northampton, Vance and Warren counties.  She was first elected to the NC General Assembly in 2014 making history as the first woman to serve the district in the Senate. Her prior political experience includes Northampton County Board of Education Member (2008-2014), Northampton County Democratic Party Chair and First-Vice Chair (2006-2013). Smith was unopposed in both the Democratic primary and general elections in 2016. Smith holds leadership as the Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Women’s Caucus, bipartisan caucus of House and Senate members for the 2017-2019 biennium. She also serves as the Second Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus for the 2017-2019 Session. Sen. Smith was selected by the State Employees’ Association of North Carolina as the Freshman Legislator of the Year in 2016 and the Lillian’s’ List Political Courage Award Recipient in 2017.

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Smith is active in many philanthropic activities, including member of the Northampton County Branch of the NAACP, Halifax County Branch of NAUW and the Enfield-Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an ordained member of the clergy and serves as Associate Servant at Cool Spring Missionary Baptist Church in Gaston NC where she was licensed in 2001. Following catechism, she was ordained in 2002 through the Northampton County and Vicinity Missionary Baptist Association, General Baptist State Convention – North Carolina, National Baptist, USA. She embraces the prophet Jeremiah’s Hope in Lamentations 3:22-24 “The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never ceases, compassions never fail, and are new every morning; Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!” A diligent servant leader, Smith is the immediate past First-Vice Moderator of the Association and the only woman in the Association’s 135+ year history elected to serve in a Moderator capacity. She has a strong Judeo-Christian heritage that fuels her commitment to community building, social justice and equal access advocacy.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Smith had the wonderful experience of receiving her diploma from the NC School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for academically gifted students. She and her twin sister continued their love for science and math as engineering graduates from North Carolina A & T State University. After receiving her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as a Chancellor and Boeing Scholar, Smith worked her way up from Student Engineer to Senior Specialist Engineer for the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. Smith received her Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Howard University, graduating with highest honors in 2000. Smith is endorsed in Secondary Mathematics and Chemistry in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and North Carolina. She has also completed post graduate studies in Religion, Christian Ethics, Education Leadership and Law.

1988 – Graduate of the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics

1994 – Graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering; Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., University Marching Band Chaplain

2000 – Graduate of Howard University School of Divinity, M.A. Religious Studies, Highest Honors, National Coalition of Community and Justice

2002 – 2008 Post Graduate Studies in Religion, Law and Education.

EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND

Smith was employed as an engineer in the private and government sectors for over ten years before becoming a public school educator. As a student engineer for the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company (now Northrup Grumman), she worked in drafting design in the overhaul piping processes for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carriers. Sen. Smith worked for 7 years as a Research, Process and Design Engineer with Boeing, primarily in support of Space Station, Dark Star, Defense and Space and High Speed Civil Transport. Smith spent her last 5 years in engineering with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as a patent examiner in the Chemical Engineering Technology Center with the primary arts of Electrochemical Processes’ and Apparatus for Superconductor Microfabrication techniques. After a decade in the hightech, cutting edge technology field, she accepted the challenge to place service over self. In 2003, following a mission trip to Uganda, Smith left corporate America to become a public-school educator. Sen. Smith is currently a high school math and science teacher, dedicated to engineering minds, honored to serve humanity through the teaching corps and invested in the security of America

FAMILY

Erica Smith was born in Fort Bragg, Fayetteville and lived around the world and country before her dad retired from the United States Air Force and the family returned home to northeastern NC. Growing up on the family farm with her five siblings taught Smith the importance of hard work and using available resources to promote economic growth and stability. Senator Smith cherishes the many life lessons she learned from her mother who was a substitute teacher, office manager, seamstress, and homemaker (also known as the domestic engineer in the family). Her father, who passed in 2011, instilled in her strong work ethic, tenacity and grace. Smith lives in Henrico, NC (Northampton) where she enjoys fresh air and lake living. A proud mother of four sons – her favorite past times include reading, dancing and water recreation. She is an avid soccer fan – thanks to years of supporting her sons in travel league and state championships. Privileged to be chosen by God in this ministry of social justice and reconciliation, Smith is committed to living out Erma Bombeck’s quote “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.

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