Steve Smith serves as the Arizona State Director for the American Federation for Children where he works to achieve the best educational options for Arizonan families.
In 2010, Steve was elected as one of the youngest Senators in Arizona’s history and served in the Legislature for 8 years and was the Chairman of the Commerce and Public Safety/Military Committee and a champion for parents, students, teachers, and school choice on the Senate Education Committee.
Notably, Steve sponsored and helped lead the passage of the groundbreaking, first in the nation Empowerment Scholarship Account legislation in Arizona in 2011 which has helped to serve as model in other states.
During his service in the legislature, Steve was ranked #1 on the top legislative scorecards and recipient of the ‘Golden Apple Award’ for championing impactful education policy. He also was awarded the distinguished Copper Shield for his work for our military, named Guardian of Small Business and ‘Champion of the Taxpayer’, received the lifetime achievement award from the Arizona Police Association, named ‘Friend of the Family’ for his pro-family/religious freedom achievements, was Legislator of the Year for his work for the disabled community, and much more.
Steve graduated with Honors from Michigan State University with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Business Law and his passion for education derives from his wife and family’s combined 100+ years of public school teaching experience.
Steve and his wife Jamie live and raise their 5 children in Arizona.