HARRISBURG -- Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement on the death of L. Eugene “Snuffy” Smith, a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Snuffy Smith, whose legacy strongly lives throughout the Pennsylvania Capitol.”
“Our hearts go out to his son, Sam, and family. Sam, our former Speaker of the House, followed in the footsteps of his dad by being elected to succeed him. Snuffy will be greatly missed. He accomplished his mission as a son, a husband, a father, a business owner and a legislator who worked to make life better for his constituents and the citizens of our Commonwealth.”
Smith was elected to the House of Representatives in a special election on Feb. 19, 1963. Smith represented the 66th Legislative District which includes Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson Counties. After serving for 11 consecutive terms, he retired in 1986. Prior to his election to the House, Smith served as Mayor of Punxsutawney and was also a local business owner.
Snuffy Smith served as an Army Airforce pilot in the 306th Bombardment Group during World War II. The 306th became one of the pioneer units involved in the air war in the European Theatre.
“We have lost one of our most ardent, passionate and effective voices. His desire, dedication and determination to serve will live with me forever. May Snuffy’s memory be for a blessing.”
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai
28th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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