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Robert Freeman Smith Edit Profile

also known as Bob Smith

United States representative , politician , member of the Oregon House of Representatives

Robert Freeman Smith, former United States Representative from Oregon. Named one of Harney County, Oregon's Leading Citizens, 1957, one of Oregon's Outstanding Young Men, 1961.


Smith, Robert Freeman was born on June 16, 1931 in Portland, Oregon, United States.


He attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, graduating in 1953 with an agricultural degree.


He worked as a rancher until his election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1960. He served in the state House until he retired in 1972 to return to his ranch, and was Speaker of the House for the 1969 and 1971 sessions. Between 1965 and 1969, Smith was the president of the Oregon Public Land Commission.

Smith, a Republican, was a United States Congressman from Oregon's 2nd congressional district from 1983 to 1995. After a brief retirement, he returned to Congress in 1997. Wes Cooley, the Republican who had succeeded Smith in the House, had been caught in several lies about his military service and Smith was persuaded to come out of retirement.


  • The Republicans promised him the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee if he won. He won easily and was duly appointed Chairman, but only served one term before retiring for good.


Married Kaye Tomlinson. Children: Christopher, Matthew, Tiffany.

Kaye Tomlinson

Christopher Smith

Matthew Smith

Tiffany Smith