Brian Smith was born the ninth of eleven children to loving and caring parents in a quiet little suburb of Philadelphia, PA. Today, he has decades-long roots in Bakersfield, California and a big family of his own. Brian is married to Nancy Smith and he is the proud father of six children, three step-children and 12 grandchildren. You'll often see his sons and daughters driving back to their homes in Bakersfield to campaign with him.
But, the first glimpses of Brian's success were apparent long before Brian made our community his home. Dreaming of being a state trooper since he was five years old, Brian joined the United States Marine Corps where he was promoted to Sergeant (E-5) within 21 months.
Brian completed numerous Marine Corps Institute classes and he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. His desire to protect and serve as a law enforcement officer in the Golden State brought him to Bakersfield as a young man where he built a new life for the Smith clan around his religious faith, his love of hockey, and his drive to serve.
Brian joined the California Highway Patrol where he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief before retiring. He had a very rewarding career with the Patrol, which included some of the following highlights: