Sen. Preston W. Smith was elected in 2002 and served four consecutive terms as the youngest member of the Georgia Senate. He served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2005-2010. He serves on Judiciary, Appropriations, Rules, Health & Human Services, Redistricting and other committees. In 2010, he is seeking the republican nomination for the statewide office of Attorney General.
He also works as the Senior Vice President of a division of ApolloMD, a GA business providing physician staffing to hospitals for emergency/trauma care, anesthesiology and radiology, as well as liability insurance and risk management assistance to medical professionals.
He previously worked as a partner with the Rome, GA law firm of Cox Byington, PC, with a general practice in commercial & general litigation, healthcare, insurance, real estate, wills, trusts & estate planning, corporate practice, partnership & business agreements and municipal/government law. He is admitted to practice in all GA and federal trial & appellate courts.
He is in his fourth consecutive term as the Senator for NW GA's 52nd senatorial district in the GA General Assembly. In 2004, Sen. Smith joined the leadership of the Senate when he was appointed to serve as an Administration Floor Leader for Governor Sonny Perdue.
Active in his community, Sen. Smith has been a member of the Rome Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He has served on several non-profit boards including the Sexual Assault Center of NW GA and DisABILITY Link. He previously hosted "Preston Smith Live," a daily radio talk show and has served as a conference and retreat speaker as well as teaching courses at Georgia Highlands College.
Georgia Trend magazine recognized Sen. Smith as one of the 40 most prominent leaders in Georgia under the age of 40. He was also named to the list of 21 rising star lawyers in Georgia by The Fulton County Daily Report. The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Sen. Smith on its "Who's Who" list of Georgia leaders in the fields of law and business. In 2006, Georgia Trend magazine named Sen. Smith to the list of the '100 most influential Georgians'