By Ryan Gueningsman
MOUND, MN Former Minnesota State Representative Steve Smith of Mound died April 7.
Smith was 64, and had served two decades in the Legislature before losing in a 2012 primary, reported the Star Tribune.
Smith’s son, Ryan Smith, said in a statement last Monday that the cause of his father’s death is pending, according to the Star Tribune. But Smith said his father had battled alcoholism and become “increasingly despondent and unresponsive to calls from family and friends.”
Steve Smith was living alone in Hennepin County.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican party endorsement in House District 33B, but ran unendorsed in the 2012 primary election. He lost the primary.
He formerly chaired House committees on public safety, judiciary, and ethics.
Independence Mayor Marvin Johnson said Smith was always accessible to visit with and attended a lot of local events.
“When he was in office, he was out in the public a lot,” Johnson said.
Johnson added that Smith was known for his “no new taxes” slogan, often used in campaign materials.
Smith was also a former Mound City Council member and former Mound mayor, and served in the United States Air Force, according to his House of Representatives biography.
He attended Lester Prairie High School, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in political science, and also Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Smith’s obituary can be found on page 13A of the April 14 Delano Herald Journal.