BioA distinguished career in aviation combined with a sincere heart for community and
government service led Earnest G. Smith to run for a seat in the Georgia House of
Representatives. Equipped with a strong desire to raise the quality of life for citizens in
his district and the people of Georgia, he was elected in 2009.
Rep. Smith, who represents House District 122 in Richmond County, serves on three
committees- Banks and Banking, Children and Youth, and Energy, Utilities, and
Telecommunications. His legislative priorities include- ensuring that the anchor tenants
in the medical field remain in Augusta; preserving the sanctity of our most valuable
resource which is the Savannah River; and creating a climate for economic vibrancy as
we craft a master plan for the enrichment of nuclear energy at both Plant Vogtle in
Augusta and the Savannah River site in Aiken County, South Carolina.
Rep. Smith currently serves as Executive Liaison "Stakeholder" Strategist with
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina. He has
extensive experience as a Certified "Project Manager, PMP."
Rep. Smith is a former United States Air Force Air Traffic Control Commander, Air Traffic
Controller and Air Traffic Control Liaison Coordinator. He is a former Accredited Aviation
Executive (AAE) and a member of the American Association of Aviation Executives
(AAAE). Rep. Smith is also a former “Hostage Negotiator” at the Savannah River Site
in Aiken, S.C. for Wackenhut Nuclear Security. He is Six Sigma Certified. As Aviation
Commissioner of the Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field in Augusta, Georgia, he
coordinated and oversaw the construction of the first-ever Air Passenger Terminal in
His outstanding community work includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors
for Christ Community Health Services in Augusta, Georgia. He is former president of the
Olde Town Neighborhood Association also in Augusta.
A graduate of Augusta State University's Hull School of Business with a BBA in
Marketing and minor in International Business and Finance, he also attended South
Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Rep. Smith is multi-lingual, fluent in Spanish
A committed Christian, Rep. Smith praised the Lord through music for many years as a
member of the vocal group Wisdom (The Distinguished Men of Gospel). He hosts
"Community Matters," a radio talk show on WAAW – 94.7 “Shout” FM, a Christian radio
station in the Augusta-Aiken, CSRA regional market. He is an active member of Second
Baptist Church. Rep. Smith is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.,
Upsilon Gamma Gamma Graduate Chapter.
Rep. Smith is married to Patricia Childs Smith, and they are the proud parents of one