Representative Steve Smyk is a Delaware native and a graduate of Sussex Central High School and Delaware Technical & Community College.
Although first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012, Rep. Smyk began his life of public service much earlier. He is a Delaware Army National Guard veteran and served 24-years as a member of the Delaware State Police, rising to become the president of the Delaware State Trooper Association.
He is currently serving his second term representing the 20th District in Sussex County and sits on five House committees (Judicial, Corrections, Homeland Security & Public Safety, Energy and Veteran Affairs). An outspoken authority on public safety issues, he has twice been recognized as a “Legislator of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts to reduce alcohol-related crashes
Endorsed by police organizations, corrections, NRA, DE Sportsmen, Teamsters and other labor, anti-labor organizations (Home builders Assoc of DE, ABC [Associated Builders and Contractors]), DE Assoc of
Realtors & local farmers, Property and Park Owners, Chemical companies (remnants of DuPont), local businesses and restaurants, Delaware Bankers Association, Funeral Directors, National Federation of Independent Businesses, many small business owners throughout the district & State, auto dealers, & deemed a "friendly" legislator by teachers organizations (DSEA).
Many of these organizations oppose each other, however I have been able to earn the respect of all of them. I've built bridges between them. The reason is that I have an established background before legislative service that I've held fast to in earning respect of all lobbyists by exhibiting integrity in deliberations holding my district and State citizens paramount as the real and true investors of the entire economy. I don't support laws that cause problems, but seek to fix broken laws, reduce excessive statutory regulation and promote responsible business growth and development. These organizations have recognized my efforts and leadership in the House and the influence I've accrued in the Senate. They want to support me because when I support them, the answer becomes more clear to other colleagues in legislature that what I support or oppose is well vetted and responsibly sound.
I do a great many works for my constituents behind the scenes while I work for the benefit of this State and even national issues.
Twice recognized as a “Legislator of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, most notably obtaining interlock devices available to first offenders.
I've worked hard to bring a mental health facility to Georgetown because we are failing in our responsibility in mental health and substance abuse.
Worked with DHSS, Mr. Barbieri, to bring all Sussex legislators together to expand services to mentally ill & addiction, with concentration on heroin. To open a secured wing in the facility of Behavioral Sun Mental Hospital for our judges to use for defendants who repeatedly fail the court's probationary treatment requirements