Speaker Samuel H. Smith is currently serving his 14th term in the Pennsylvania House as one of its most tenured members. He is currently serving his second term as Speaker. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as a member of House leadership for 10 years. In 2000 his colleagues elected him Majority Whip, and from 2003 to 2010, Sam served as the leader of the Republican Caucus. In his capacity as Speaker, Sam presides over House sessions, maintains order on the House floor and protects the parliamentary rights of members during voting sessions. In addition, the Speaker appoints committee chairmen, assigns bills to committees, and signs all passed bills and joint resolutions. First elected in 1986, Sam has never lost sight of the issues important to rural citizens and he continues to be a strong advocate for this group of hard-working Pennsylvanians. He was born and raised in Punxsutawney and represents all of Jefferson County and portions of Indiana and Armstrong counties. Sam is the only House Speaker born and raised...