Iowa Senator Roby Smith (R-Davenport) announced that he is running for Iowa State Treasurer, challenging 39-year incumbent Michael Fitzgerald.
“Our economy, especially banking, is undergoing changes,” Smith said. “Iowa needs a Treasurer who understands the challenges of the 21st Century and is willing to protect Iowans from a Biden administration that is determined to invade our financial privacy.”
In the Iowa Senate, Roby Smith led the effort to make it easier for families to invest and save in Iowa’s 529 college program by extending the time period families could contribute to their children’s account, while still receiving the tax benefit.
“Despite a lack of vision from our Treasurer, I led the charge in the Legislature to improve the 529 program for Iowa families,” Smith said. “Our plan made it easier for Iowa’s families to plan for their children’s future.”
Smith has also been a key member of the conservative Iowa Senate majority that has delivered sweeping tax reform.
“When I was elected to the Iowa Senate, I promised my constituents I would always show up for them,” Smith said. “That’s why I have never missed a vote from the floor of the Iowa Senate in 11 years while helping pass the largest income tax cut for working Iowans in our state’s history.”
After graduating from Concordia University with a degree in Business Administration, Smith worked for nearly a decade as a local banker in the Davenport area before becoming a small business owner and running for the Iowa legislature. Smith is currently an unpaid member of the local U.S. Bank Board and volunteers to teach financial literacy to students through the Junior Achievement program.
“My passion has always been about helping Iowa families achieve their dreams, overcome challenges, and secure their future,” Smith said. “That’s exactly where my focus will be as Iowa’s next Treasurer.”
Roby Smith and his wife, Kari, live in Davenport with their four children. The family is active at Trinity Lutheran Church and Roby volunteers with area youth sports and also serves on the Scott Community College Foundation Board.