HARRISBURG – Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) issued the following statement on the death of L. Eugene “Snuffy” Smith, a former state representative for the 66th Legislative District.
“L. Eugene ‘Snuffy’ Smith served the people of the 66th Legislative District with distinction.
“He was a conservationist leading the fight in the House to clean up our waterways and preserve the natural beauty of our Commonwealth. It is something for which every Pennsylvanian owes him a debt of gratitude.
“The People of our area returned him to the Pennsylvania House for 24 years because he took the time to sit and listen to people in their garages, firehouses and on their porches to learn their concerns and take them before the General Assembly.
“Please join me in prayer for his family and his long-time friends in this time of mourning.”
Smith was elected to the House of Representatives in a special election on Feb. 19, 1963. He represented the 66th Legislative District which included Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties. After serving for 11 consecutive terms, he retired in 1986. Prior to his election to the House, Smith served as mayor of Punxsutawney and was also a local business owner.
Snuffy Smith served as an Army Air Force pilot in the 306th Bombardment Group during World War II. The 306th became one of the pioneer units involved in the air war in the European Theatre.
Representative Cris Dush
66th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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