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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Representative Frank I. Smizik Democrat - 15th Norfolk

Photo of  Frank I. Smizik
  Frank.Smizik@mahouse.gov

State House

District Office

Frank was born on September 4, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Peabody High School in Pittsburgh and did his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1966. His law degree is from Duquesne University, graduating in 1971. Frank served for twenty-five years as a legal services lawyer addressing housing and other civil issues facing low income persons and was involved in landmark litigation creating rights for persons displaced by urban renewal and developed state and federal, as well as litigation strategies, to avoid homelessness. Representative Smizik served the Town of Brookline in many capacities; as a member of the Democratic Town Committee, a Town Meeting member, the Commissioner and Chairman of the Housing Authority, and as Vice Chair of the School Committee prior to being elected in 2000 as the Representative from the 15th Norfolk District. As Chairman of the new House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Representative Smizik hopes to ensure that all legislation relating to transportation, energy, capital infrastructure, and economic development policy takes into consideration the challenge of global climate change and includes appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures. Frank is married to Julia (Julie) Johnson. They were married on January 1, 1981 and they have two children, Emma and Hallie.

Personal Information

Profession:

Lawyer

Spouse:

Julia (Julie) Johnson

Children:

2

Education & Public Service

  • Duquesne University, J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
  • Peabody High School Pittsburgh, PA
  • November 2000- present: State Representative, 15th Norfolk District (Brookline)
  • 1992-2000: Brookline School Committee; 1984-1986: Housing Advisory Board, Town of Brookline
  • 1982-1992: Commissioner, Brookline Housing Authority; 1981-present: Town Meeting Member, Brookline Town Meeting
  • Elected Member, Brookline Democratic Town Committee