In September, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Andrew Smith as the Chief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in addition to several other key administration appointments.
“I am continually encouraged by the work this administration has done to create a best-in-class government for Virginians,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “I’m excited to welcome these new additions to our team and look forward to their future contributions.”
Prior to this position, Smith was most recently the Associate Director of Governmental Relations with Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. Working with the organization since 2003, Smith handled a variety of legislative issues including transportation, local government, taxes, private property rights and eminent domain.
“I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to work for the farmers of Virginia at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for almost two decades,” said Smith. “I am excited about the opportunity of bringing that experience to a state agency that has an important partnership with the agricultural industry. I look forward to continuing to work together to tackle the challenges we face together.”
Smith also owns and operates a commercial hay farm in Hanover and Caroline Counties with his family. He currently serves on the Virginia FFA Foundation Board and also served on the State Board of Auctioneers. He was a member of the Inaugural Class of Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results program (VALOR) and a graduate of the Sorensen Political Leaders Program Class of 2015. He has a B.S. in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech.