Assemblywoman Christy Smith was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2018 and represents the 38th Assembly District that includes the communities of Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, and northern San Fernando Valley.
As a freshman legislator, Smith authored nine bills focusing on education reform, homeowner protections, college affordability and good governance, which were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. This legislative package also included a landmark measure, now law, that removes barriers for survivors of human trafficking to access victims’ compensation. Smith coauthored additional measures instating safer nurse-safety ratios in hospitals, expanding mental health care for first responders and providing tax relief to small businesses owned by veterans. In addition to her prolific first year, Smith helped shepherd historic investments in emergency management and also secured $700,000 for the Free Clinic of Free Clinic, $450,000 for the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and $397,000 for College of the Canyons.
Smith, a 39-year resident of Santa Clarita and a dedicated public servant, understands the communities and needs of the district. She formerly served two terms as a Governing Board Member of the highly successful Newhall School District. She also chaired the successful Measure E Prop 39 bond campaign for the Newhall District, which has provided $60 million in resources for facility and technology upgrades.
A graduate of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Christy attended College of the Canyons and graduated with honors from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. After graduating, Christy started her career in public service as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. Christy eventually returned to California with her husband to raise their family. While raising their two daughters, Christy was very active in local education, serving as a PTA and site council member before being elected to the Newhall School Board in 2009. She additionally founded the Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation and served as its initial chairwoman.
She currently lives in Santa Clarita with her husband Philip and their two daughters.