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Rep. Garry Smith Awarded Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council

Rep. Garry Smith Awarded Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council

Dallas, Texas (July 31, 2014)—Representative Garry Smith of South Carolina received the Legislator of the Year Award today from the American Legislative Exchange Council at the organization’s 41st Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Rep. Smith received the award for his leadership on reforming state surveillance laws and protecting the privacy of citizens.

Photo by: Kyle Woods

Photo by: Kyle Woods

“I am honored and humbled that ALEC would present me with the Legislator of the Year award,” said Rep. Smith. “It has been an honor for me to serve in leadership roles in South Carolina and ALEC. I am looking forward to many more years of focused policy development and personal growth through the unique assets derived from being a public sector member of ALEC.”

Rep. Smith was first elected into office in 2003, and continues to serve in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He has also served on the Operations Management Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Smith is an active member of the ALEC Task Force on Communications and Technology.

“The leadership and initiative Representative Smith has demonstrated is a model for other legislators to follow,” said Iowa Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, ALEC National Chair. “ALEC offers this award to highlight Representative Smith’s efforts to protect the privacy rights of the citizens of South Carolina.”

The American Legislative Exchange Council is the country’s largest 501(c)(3) nonpartisan voluntary membership organization of state legislators. The organization fosters relationships between private and public sector members from around the country to develop best practice solutions to various state issues.

Each year, state legislators are recognized at the ALEC Annual Meeting for their leadership within the organization and their work promoting the Jeffersonian principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. To learn more about the American Legislative Exchange Council and to find information on the 41st Annual Meeting, visit www.alec.org.

Contact: Molly Fuhs
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The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. The Council is governed by state legislators who comprise the Board of Directors and is advised by the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, a group of private, foundation and think tank members. For more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council, please visit: www.alec.org.