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Vernon Smith's Biography

Office: State House (IN) - District 14, Democratic

Contact Information

200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786

Post Office Box 64622
Gary, IN 46401

Full Name:

Vernon G. Smith



Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Gary, IN

Home City:

Gary, IN


Missionary Baptist

Attending, Indiana University

EdD, Indiana University, 1978

MS, Indiana University, 1969

BS, Indiana University, 1966

Representative, Indiana State House of Representatives, District 14, 1990-present

Candidate, Indiana State House of Representatives, District 14, 2018

Member, Gary City Council, 1972-1990

Former Member, Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Indiana House of Representatives

Former Member, Insurance Committee, Indiana House of Representatives

Former Member, Judiciary Committee, Indiana State House of Representatives

Assistant Professor, Education, Indiana University Northwest, 1992-present

Principal and Teacher, Gary Community School Corporation

Principal, Williams School, 1985-1992

Principal, Nobel School, 1978-1985

Assistant Principal, Ivanhoe School, 1972-1978

Teacher, Gary Public School System, 1966-1971

Member, Gary Association of School Administrators, present

Founding Member, Northern Indiana Association of Black School Educators, present

Founder, African American Achievers Youth Corps, Incorporated

Board President, African American Achievers Youth Corps, Incorporated

Charter Member, Alpha Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated

Member, Board of Trustees, Criminal Justice Institute

Member, Brothers Keeper Shelter for Homeless Men

Member, Gary Common Council

Member, Gary Community Mental Health Board

Member, Gary Educational Talent Search Board

Chair, Gary Indiana City-Wide Festival Committee

Member, Gary Young Democrats

Member, Governor's Commission for Drug Free Indiana

Member, Handgun Control, Incorporated

Member, Indiana Black Legislative Caucus

Chair, Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males

Member, Indiana University Alumni Association

Founder/President, Indiana University Dons, Incorporated

Former President, Indiana University Gents, Incorporated

Member, Little League World Series Board

Board Member, Medical Center of Gary

Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Deacon, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Board Member, Northwest Indiana Urban League

Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Member/Sunday School Teacher, Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

Founder/Sponsor, Vernon Stars

Founder, Young Citizens' League

Founder, Youth Ensuring Solidarity


the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Ovington Award,
the Gary Frontiers' Marcher's Award,
the I.U. Northwest Alumni Association Division of Education Distinguished Educator Award,
the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police Appreciation Award,
the Methodist Hospital Child and Adolescent Program Appreciation Award,
the Brothers Keeper Appreciation Award,
the Indiana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals Service Award.

Father's Name:

Albert J. Smith Senior.

Favorite Quote:

"I'd rather light a candle than curse the darkness," - Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite TV Shows:

Local news

Favorite Type of Music:

Gospel, Soft touch, oldies

Mother's Name:

Julia E. Smith

Mother's Occupation:



Smith co-wrote Building Bridges Instead of Walls: A History of I.U. Dons, Inc.