In 1998, Christopher L. Smith was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for District 93. In 2000 and 2002, he was reelected unopposed and in 2004, he was re-elected with 80% of the vote. His district included the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Pompano Beach and Plantation.
After the 2000 election, Sen. Smith led the charge to reform the elections in Florida. He is one of the authors of the election reform bill that is now law in Florida and is being used as a model nationwide. Sen. Smith has lectured around the country regarding the Florida electoral process, including appearances on Fox News, CNN and C-SPAN. Sen. Smith has also authored model legislation regarding copper theft, insurance and child care.
Sen. Smith made his mark almost as soon as he was elected and fought hard to obtain money for projects in his district. He helped to win important budget items for his community including money for the African-American Research Library in Fort Lauderdale, the Pompano Beach Farmers Market and funding for the North Broward Hospital District to treat people with HIV/AIDS.
In 2004, Rep. Smith was unanimously elected Democratic Leader of the Florida House of Representatives by his peers. In this role he helped set the agenda for the Florida House of Representatives and Democratic policy for all statewide issues. While serving as Leader of the Democratic Caucus, he fought to increase educational opportunities, fought attempts to weaken the Class Size Amendment and fought for full funding of class size reduction.