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|U.S. House, Virginia, District 3|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina Central University|
|J.D.||North Carolina Central University|
|Service/branch||U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy JAG Corps|
|Birthday||July 4, 1952|
|Place of birth||Greensboro, NC|
At age 17, Smith enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for six years. Upon completing his service, Smith earned his B.A. and J.D. from North Carolina Central University. He went on to receive a commission from the U.S. Navy JAG Corps and earned his certification in certification in Military Science from the Naval Justice School. He served in the Navy as an attorney for two decades. Smith and his wife have five children.