Senator Smith began his public service by serving on local boards within the City of Fort Lauderdale. In 1995 he was appointed to the City's Planning and Zoning Board. 

Awards & Achievements


  • In 1990, he was selected by the United States State Department as the only undergraduate on the National Model United Nations Team. With this team he traveled to Moscow, Russia, to study and compete in the International Model United Nations.

  •  In 1994, he traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Security Law Moot Court Competition at George Washington University. After three days of arguing in front of some of the top judges in the country, he and his partner were named Moot Court National Champions.

  • He has received many awards including, Citizen of Year Award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) recognized me as a Legislative Champion of Justice, Legislator of the Year from the American Jewish Congress,Humanitarian Award from the Young Democrats and many more.

  • The Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel consistently give Smith high marks as an effective leader in legislature.

  • Citizen of Year Award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) recognized Smith as a Legislative Champion of Justice

  • Legislator of the Year from the American Jewish Congress

  • Humanitarian Award from the Young Democrats

In 1998, Sen. Smith was elected to the Florida House of Representatives serving the City of Fort Lauderdale and six surrounding municipalities. 

In his final term in the Florida House of Representatives, Representative Smith was elected by his peers to be the youngest Democratic Leader in Florida Legislative.  

After a successful career in the House of Representatives, Senator Smith was ran and was elected Florida State Senate in 2008 representing Broward and Palm Beach County. 


Senator Smith is only one of a few African-Americans that hold this distinction for the House of Representative and the State Senate.  As Democratic Leaders he is once again setting Democratic policy on statewide issues.

After the tragic death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Senator Smith called upon the Governor and Legislature for action. Due to inaction Senator Smith formed his own Task Force to discuss the controversial Stand Your Ground law in the State of Florida. After fighting against the Standard Your Ground when it was first introduced 2005 he has now authored bills on revising Stand Your Ground Smith and has been used as an expert nationwide on the effects of Stand Your Ground legislation. He has recently discuss the ramifications of that law on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NPR and numerous other media outlets.

After being term-limited from the Florida Senate, Senator Smith was appointed by the Florida Senate to serve on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).  Once every twenty years, Florida's Constitution provides for the creation of a thirty-seven member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida's Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration. 

Growing up in the Fort Lauderdale area Senator Smith participated in numerous youth activities including sports teams. After his election to the Florida House, Senator Smith had a chance encounter with youth football coaches from the community. 

In the community, Senator Smith serves on the board of directors for the Dorsey Riverbend Homeowners Association, advisor with the NAACP ACT_SO, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Zeta Alpha Lambda chapter, TJ Reddick Bar Association Board of Advisors and Chair of the New Visions CRC (affiliated with Mount Bethel Baptist Church). Senator Smith is a 1992 graduate of Johnson C Smith University, in Charlotte North Carolina and a 1995 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law. He is now an attorney with the law firm of Tripp Scott.  

Chris has been married for 17 years to Desorae Giles-Smith, the assistant City Manager for the City of Lauderhill, Florida. They are the proud parents of two sons. Christopher Leveorn Smith, age 16, is a junior at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Christian Nicholas Giles-Smith, age 11, is a 6th grader at Parkway Middle School, in Lauderhill, Florida.

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