Mark Smith

Iowa House District 71

Contact Mark:
816 Roberts Terrace
Marshalltown, IA


Mark Smith is serving his 8th term in the Iowa House and is the Democratic Leader of the Iowa House.

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.

After graduation, Mark worked in a special nutritional and recreational program for children through Iowa State Extension Services. That led him to study social work first at Graceland College (BA, 1974) and then the University of Iowa (MSW, 1986).

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 schools. He was 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 and social workers. Mark was one of two members of the Iowa General Assembly to work at the World Trade Center following the attack on America on September 11, 2001.

Mark and his wife, Karen Lischer, have been married for 26 years. They have a daughter, Allie. Mark is the former foster parent of two, Kevin Eggert of Clearfield and Darwin Eggert of Henok, and is now a grandparent to eleven foster grandchildren.

Iowa House District 71

Marshalltown, Albion, Green Mountain, Liscomb