Press Release - Council of State Governments West (CSG West)

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Senator David Brock Smith

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CSG West

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                 February 9, 2024

Contact: Edgar Ruiz

Oregon Senator David Brock Smith to Co-Chair CSG West’s Public Safety Committee

The Council of State Governments West (CSG West) has appointed Oregon Senator David Brock Smith as Co-Chair of the Public Safety Committee for 2024. Senator Brock Smith represents District 1 in the Oregon Senate, which encompasses all of Curry and most Coos and Douglas Counties. He will serve alongside Co-Chair Senator Matt Claman of District H in the Alaska Senate.

The CSG West Public Safety Committee provides a forum for Western state legislators to exchange information and ideas on public safety issues. Recent issues addressed by this Committee included topics such as: 

  • Tackling the soaring drug crisis
  • Addressing mental and behavioral health issues
  • Reducing juvenile incarceration rates
  • Increasing diversion from the juvenile justice system
  • Reducing recidivism
  • Increasing data sharing

Senator Brock Smith has extensive public service experience, including public safety. He has served as the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners and with the Association of Oregon Counties. He is a member of the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety and during his 7 years in the Oregon State Legislature served on the Governor's Opioid Epidemic Task Force.  He also serves on the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), Oregon Legislative Coastal Caucus, Co-Chair of the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, Co-Convenor of the Sudden Oak Death Task Force, Co-Convener of the Maritime Workforce Development Task Force and the Western Legislative Forestry Task Force.

“I look forward to working with colleagues across the region on public safety issues affecting our communities and to foster collaboration to address them,” stated Senator Brock Smith. “Here in Oregon, Measure 110 has caused drug addiction, homelessness, and crimes to increase unchecked. Working together across the national western region, we can assist each other in finding meaningful solutions and solid tools for our law enforcement officers to protect the health, life and safety of our residents,” concluded Senator Brock Smith.

Senator Brock Smith is a CSG West’s Western Legislative Academy graduate, the organization’s premier professional development program for newer lawmakers.

As co-chairs of the Public Safety Committee, Senator Smith and Senator Claman will work with other western state legislators on public safety policy and help shape the programming for the Committee’s session during the 77th CSG West Annual Meeting that will convene July 9-12 in Portland, Oregon.


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CSG West Director Edgar Ruiz and Senator David Brock Smith


Together, We Will Build a Better Oregon

Senator David Brock Smith

Senate District 1
Curry, Coos, and Douglas Counties
Southwest Oregon’s Fish, Farm, and Forestry District.
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1701
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-316, Salem, Oregon 97301