Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith, in a button-down shirt and tie, talks on a cell phone while riding in the back seat of a car

A young  man in a T-shirt and shirts holds up a campaign sign for Jeff Smith while standing and waving on the side of a road

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri stretches between a backdrop of riverfront buildings at sunset

You guys ever see that movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? Well, you can help make the sequel.
—Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith teaches political science as an adjunct instructor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has also taught at Dartmouth College and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. His courses have covered Congress, public policy, race in American politics and election campaigns. Smith received the Washington University Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence.

In 2001, Smith co-founded the Confluence Academies, a group of urban public charter schools. He currently serves on the board of directors. Smith also serves on the Missouri Charter Public School Association's board of directors and has worked in the St. Louis Public Schools as an evaluator. Smith has taught ACT prep courses for disadvantaged students and consulted for the Vashon Compact, a nonprofit focused on improving achievement at ten of the city's lowest-performing schools.

Jeff Smith dribbles a basketball between his legs in front of another player in a gym

Smith has coached youth soccer and baseball and mentored several area student-athletes. He coaches a basketball team at Matthews-Dickey Boys Club, and coached basketball camps for ten summers. He also serves on the boards of directors for St. Louis Scores, a non-profit bringing soccer and creative writing to inner-city youth; the National Conference for Community and Justice, a group devoted to fighting bigotry; and Cultural Leadership, a nonprofit teaching black and Jewish students about each group's history to help build bridges between them.

Smith was a national merit scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in African American Studies and political science. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Washington University. During graduate school, Smith served as political analyst for KMOV-TV and the BBC. He has advised several Democratic candidates, ranging from state legislative to presidential aspirants, including Bill Bradley and Howard Dean.


After filming ended for CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE?, Smith taught government at Dartmouth College. He returned to St. Louis and decided to run again for Senate, this time for Missouri’s fourth district, which lies in St. Louis City. Smith’s campaign utilized many of the grassroots mobilization tactics he employed during his first run for Senate. In 2006, he won the Senate seat with a sweeping victory, and was inaugurated on January 3, 2007.

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