Biography

Thurston "Smitty" SmithAssemblyman Thurston Smith, known to most as “Smitty,” has been a longtime advocate for our region. In 1988, Smitty started his own small business working as a concrete pumping contractor in Southern California’s High Desert. In 2020, Smitty was elected to serve the residents of the 33rd District in the California State Assembly. 
 
A devout family man and Christian, Smitty has been married to Margaret for over 34 years and they have raised two children together in Hesperia. In 2007, their youngest son, Brandon, tragically lost his life in an off-road motorcycle accident in the California desert. This tragedy led Smitty and his wife to establish the “Brandon E. Smith Memorial Scholarship” with the Victor Valley College Foundation to help local students achieve their educational ambitions.
 
Fed up with increasingly burdensome regulations on his own small business in California, Smitty felt compelled to get involved in local government and be an advocate for fellow small business owners and taxpayers. In 2006, Smitty’s neighbors elected him to the Hesperia City Council where he served two terms and was appointed by his peers three times to serve as Mayor.
 
As an Assemblyman, Smitty serves on eight committees including: Budget, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (Vice Chair), Governmental Organization, Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife. Through these committee assignments, Smitty will be representing California’s High Desert and Mountain communities in the statewide discussion. 
 
Thurston “Smitty” Smith and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over three decades. Smitty understands the challenges and opportunities of our region.