Mark Smith is serving his 6th term in the Iowa House. He is an Assistant Minority Leader. He also serves on the Administration and Rules, Environmental Protection, Ethics, Human Resources, Judiciary and Legislative Council committees.
Mark Smith was born in Osceola, Iowa on January 5, 1952, the son of R. Eugene and Betty Danner Smith. His family lived on a farm near Osceola until moving to Winterset, where Mark graduated from high school in 1970 and received a college scholarship.
Mark has spent his entire career helping people. He has worked with troubled children and their families, treated substance abuse, directed services to the mentally ill, and made sure nursing homes provide quality care for the elderly. Mark was among the first to provide early mental health counseling to children through the schools. He is currently the Director of Special Projects at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa (SATUCI).
He is often called on to train substance abuse counselors, foster parents and social workers. Mark was the only member of the Iowa General Assembly to work at the World Trade Center following the attack on America on 9-11-01. He also works as a divorce mediator helping couples work through their disputes. He has received numerous awards for his work and was named to the Board of Social Work by Gov. Vilsack before being elected.
Mark and his wife, Karen Lischer, have been married for 25 years. They have a daughter, Allie. Mark is the former foster parent of two, Kevin and Darwin Eggert of Clearfield, and is now a grandparent to five foster grandchildren.Mark attends Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he serves as an Elder and teaches Sunday School to adults with special needs.
Mark was treasurer of the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library, a nonprofit organization that has raised thousands of dollars to improve library services. He served as a member of the Marshall County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Advisory Board and served as the 1999 Chair. He has been a member of the Fisher Elementary Student Improvement Team and the Middle School Advisory Committee.