Cameron L. Smyth (b. August 19, 1971). Resident of Valencia during council service.
Santa Clarita City Council member, 2000-2006. Mayor in 2003 and 2005. Elected to the California Assembly in the middle of his second 4-year term on the council.
Served in the Assembly for three terms (2006-2012); subject to a limit of three 2-year terms in that body.
Out of office from 2012-2016; ran for Santa Clarita City Council in November 2016 (first council election to be held in November) and won; served as mayor in 2017.
[City of Santa Clarita 2005] —
Cameron Smyth, Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita, is currently serving his second term on the City Council after being first elected in 2000 and re-elected in April, 2004, both times receiving the highest number of votes. In December 2004, Cameron was nominated to serve his second term as Mayor. In conjunction with his position as Mayor, Smyth currently serves on the City’s budget, development, and transportation committees.
Born and raised in Santa Clarita, Cameron Smyth attended all local public schools and received his Bachelors Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from University of California - Davis where he was also a two-sport letterman.
Smyth began his career as an intern for Congressman Buck McKeon before being hired to serve as a Field Representative for the California Republican Party. After the 1994 General Election, he was hired by state Assemblyman "Pete" Knight and in 1996 Smyth managed Knight's victorious state Senate Campaign serving as the youngest on site manager for any state legislative race in California at the time.
Upon winning the election, Senator Knight promoted Smyth to Deputy Chief of Staff, a position he held for the next four years. In 2000, Smyth moved to the private sector and currently operates his own consulting business.
Mayor Smyth, along with his wife Lena, has been very active in the District for several years. They have served on the board and volunteered with several non-profit organizations including: the American Red Cross’ local blood drive program, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Special Olympics, the Betty Ferguson Foundation, the Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees, and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Along with their service to the community, Cameron and Lena are proud parents to their son Gavin who was born in November 2003.
[Calif. Assembly 2012] — Elected in 2006, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth is honored to represent the 38th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and Glendale.
Upon his re-election in 2008, Assemblyman Smyth was appointed by the Assembly Republican Leader as the Republican Caucus Chair, which is the second-highest ranking Republican in the State Assembly.
In 2010, Assemblyman Smyth was named Chairman of the Assembly Local Government Committee, the first time in recent history that a member of the minority party has served as a chair of a major policy committee. The Local Government Committee's primary jurisdictions include special taxes, city and county organization and powers, subdivisions, and administration of special districts.
Prior to this appointment, Assemblyman Smyth was appointed as the Vice Chair of the important Utilities and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over public utilities, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, telecommunications, international trade and tourism. During his time as vice-chair, Assemblyman Smyth played an important role in fighting for greater transmission of clean renewable energy, instituting a green building standard adopted by the California Building Commission, and advocating for electric grid reliability so that Californians have confidence that blackouts and brownouts will not occur.
Additionally, Assemblyman Smyth serves on the Health, Business and Professions, and Joint Legislative Audit committees and is an active member of the Select Committee on the Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry. The entertainment industry is the number one employer in the 38th District and Assemblyman Smyth played an integral role in successfully passing a film production tax credit in 2009 which has already proven extremely successful in keeping productions, and all the jobs that come with those productions, in California.
His strong leadership on environmental, economic and energy issues earned him an appointment as co-chair of the Republican E3 task force. This important task force seeks to support policies that balance environmental stewardship with the increasing demands for energy while promoting a robust business climate.
Building on his bi-partisan reputation, Assemblyman Smyth has had many legislative successes. He effectively responded to community concern when self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan moved to the region by winning passage of his Surrogate Stalker Act of 2008, which gives law enforcement the proper tools to deal with these dangerous individuals. He also moved California a huge step forward by joint authoring SB 1608, a bi-partisan effort that will achieve broader access for individuals with disabilities and instill greater confidence in business owners that they will not face the threat of expensive access-related lawsuits every day they open their doors.
Assemblyman Smyth also worked in a bi-partisan manner to save funding for Domestic Violence Prevention Shelters across California, which won him the honor of being named Legislator of the Year by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. Assemblyman Smyth's bi-partisan approach to solving problems also won him the Legislator of Year award from the Humane Society of the United States for his work in support of important animal welfare issues, including trying to reduce animal shelter population by encouraging adoption through tax incentives. His efforts also earned him a spot as Co-Chair of the Humane Society's bi-partisan Animal Protection Caucus.
Assemblyman Smyth's tough stance on public safety and his efforts to protect the public from the early release of inmates also earned him the Legislator of the Year award from the California Sheriff's Association.
Assemblyman Smyth has also spent his time in office fighting to improve our transportation infrastructure. He led a bi-partisan effort to secure funding for the expansion of east and west bound 118 in Simi Valley and he worked closely with Cal-Trans to coordinate the allocation of state and federal funding for the Cross Valley Connector in Santa Clarita. Additionally, Assemblyman Smyth helped secure funding for HOV Lane improvements at the 405-101 and 5-14 Interchanges, is fighting for funding for I-5 car pool and truck lane improvements, increased bike lane funding for communities like Simi Valley and Santa Clarita, and worked closely with Cal-Trans to guarantee the I-5 Truck Lane By-Pass Tunnel was repaired in a timely manner.
Prior to being elected to the state legislature, Assemblyman Smyth served on the Santa Clarita City Council from 2000-2006 and served two terms as Mayor.
Born and raised in the District, Assemblyman Smyth attended local public schools and received his Bachelors Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of California, Davis, where he was also a two-sport athlete.
Assemblyman Smyth, along with his wife Lena, has been very active in the community for several years. They have served on the board and volunteered with several non-profit organizations including: the American Red Cross' local blood drive program, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Special Olympics, the Betty Ferguson Foundation, the Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees, and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Along with their service to the community, Cameron and Lena are the proud parents of three young children.