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About Representative Nicholas "Nick" Smith

With over 24 years of community and civic engagement combined with a diverse academic, as well as work history makes State Representative Nicholas “Nick” Smith an excellent leader for the 34th House District of the 100th Illinois General Assembly. 

Since 1994, Nick has volunteered his time and energy to serving others. Improving the quality of life for residents on the Southside of Chicago has always been his passion. Nick has always had a commitment to his community. He has From judging oratory contests to serving as keynote speaker to elementary/high school valedictorians and salutatorians. 


serving as community representative on the Harlan High School Local School Council or President of the Roseland Heights Community Association,


Nick's civic involvement began in Chicago's 6th Ward when, John Steele was Alderman. There he met many people from the community, one in particular Barack Obama who administered his deputy registrar training class. From that moment a permanent volunteer was found in Nick. His civic activities continued with Freddrenna Lyle volunteering in the 6th Ward. Nick assisted in the formation of the 87th & Cottage Grove TIF advisory council and spearheaded the SOAR community development corporation. He has served as a commissioner for the Roseland Medical District, and on the Chicago Police Department 5th District Advisory Council. Throughout his years he has visited Springfield on many occasions, as a guest of the recently retired State Senator Donne Trotter or as an advocate for Chicago State University.

Receiving his primary and secondary education from the Chicago Public School system, Nick's attended Robert A. Black Magnet School, Whitney Young Magnet High School, Florida A&M University, Olive Harvey College, and Chicago State University. He was conferred a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and has taken graduate courses in community and economic development, higher education administration and briefly studied law at Northern Illinois University. 






  • State Representative, 34th District, Illinois House of Representatives

  • 9th Ward Streets & Sanitation Superintendent, City of Chicago

  • Legislative Aide, Committee on Transportation and Public Way , City of Chicago

  • Community Liaison/ Coodintor, Chicago State University

  • Investigator, Committee on Budget and Government Operations, City of Chicago



  • Commissioner, Roseland Medical District

  • Member, Chicago Police 5th District Advisory Council

  • Local School Council Member, Harlan Community Academy High School

  • Lifetime Member, Chicago State University Alumni Association

  • Lifetime Member and Past President, Roseland Heights Community Association 




  • Leona Black Commitment to Community Service Award, State Senator Donne Trotter



  • Community Leader of the Year Award,  Roseland Heights Community Association’s

Youth Community Council 


  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding and Dedicated Service, Hirsch High School 

  • Counselor Partnership Award, South Shore School of the Arts High School 


  • The Employee Alumni Council Award for Dedicated Service, Chicago State University 


  • Alumni Spirit Award, Chicago State University


Chicago State University, Graduate course work in Higher Education Administration

Chicago State University, Graduate course work in Community/ Economic Development

Chicago State University, Bachelors of Science

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