Paul C. Smith, 36, Epsom
Paul C. Smith, 36, of Epsom is clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Why did you choose your profession?
As a legislative Clerk, I have one of the most unusual jobs in the country (there are only 99 of us) and feel truly blessed to have it! As a 22 year-old, I was a new state representative but quickly developed a love for the process, procedure, history and institution (as a whole) of the New Hampshire House, which helped me arrive at the conclusion that I wanted someday to be Clerk of the House. It took 12 years and winning a contested race, but I was honored to be elected in December 2014. Being the guardian of the rules, records and processes of such a storied institution is my greatest professional honor, and one I do not take lightly.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I love New Hampshire and feel connected to it in many ways: Growing up as a Boy Scout I came to love her natural resources; as a student, her history; as a man the many community and fraternal organizations that seek to make the state a better place. As a football official I am able to share good practices and advice with players to make the game safer; as a Freemason I am honored to take part in charitable campaigns and work toward bettering society; and as an active member of St. Paul’s Church, I see their benefit to the community. I believe New Hampshire and its people have given me amazing opportunities, and as a new dad, I want to raise my son with the same sense of appreciation for his community that I have felt all my life.