Frank I. Smizik
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Political career
- 4 Democratic Socialists of America
- 5 Rail to fight "global warming"
- 6 Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
- 7 Affiliations
- 8 References
He has represented the 15th Norfolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2001. He is the current Chair of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.
Frank Smizik was born on September 4, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Peabody High School in Pittsburgh and did his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1966. His law degree is from Duquesne University, graduating in 1971.
Frank served for twenty-five years as a legal services lawyer addressing housing and other civil issues facing low income persons and was involved in landmark litigation creating rights for persons displaced by urban renewal and developed state and federal, as well as litigation strategies, to avoid homelessness. 
- Managing Lawyer 1972-75
- Neighborhood Legal Services Pittsburgh June 1970-September 1978
- Massachusetts Law Reform Institute 99 Chauncy St., Boston, MA 02111 October 1978-April 1995
- Lecturer Suffolk School of Management Business & Government Ethics 1996-97
- Lecturer in Law (Housing Policy and the Law) Boston College Law School 885 Centre St. Newton MA 1990-Present
- Of Counsel, Kurnos, Rosenberg & Libbey General Law Practice (Present)
Representative Smizik served the Town of Brookline in many capacities; as a member of the Democratic Town Committee, a Town Meeting member, the Commissioner and Chairman of the Housing Authority, and as Vice Chair of the School Committee prior to being elected in 2000 as the Representative from the 15th Norfolk District. As Chairman of the new House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Representative Smizik hopes to ensure that all legislation relating to transportation, energy, capital infrastructure, and economic development policy takes into consideration the challenge of global climate change and includes appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures.
Democratic Socialists of America
Boston DSA victory celebration
DSA mobilized for the winning primary campaign of "long-time progressive activist Frank Smizik, a stunning upset which led to an unopposed November win. DSA also helped former Boston DSA chair Jim Marzilli win his primary, which meant a November victory".
DSA awards committee
The Awards Committee in 2001 consisted of:
The Awards Committee in 2002 consisted of:
Barbara Ackerman, Doug Butler, Kathy Casavant, DSA Executive Board, Harris Gruman, Julie Johnson, Eleanor LeCain, Rep. Jim Marzilli, Judy Meredith, Marcia Peters, Ald. Denise Provost, Rep. Byron Rushing, Rep. Frank I. Smizik, Jim St. George
Congratulations to Ed Clark, Dessima Williams, and John Maher
- Congratulations to Ed Clark, Dessima Williams, and John Maher on being honored for your work onglobal and local democracy.
- And thanks to Boston DSA for reminding us of the importance of this work.
Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards Reception
In 2002, the 25th annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein awards of Boston Democratic Socialists of America were presented to State Representatives Patricia Jehlen and Anne Paulsen at a catered reception on Thursday, June 13 at the home of Marcia Peters and David Karaus.
Attendees included Barbara Ackerman of MASS-CARE, Jim St. George of TEAM, and longtime DSAers Fran Schlitt and Jake Schlitt and Rep. Frank I. Smizik, "pinch-hitting for wife" Julie Johnson as M.C.
The 2010 Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards, sponsored by Boston Democratic Socialists of America, took place Tuesday, June 13, 6:30—8:30 P.M., at the Jamaica plain home of environmentalist Marcia Peters and David Karaus.
2010 honorees were "two champions of social justice and grassroots democracy: Georgia Hollister Isman and Jack Clark". Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were MA AFL-CIO President Robert Haynes and State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), with special guest Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston).
Others who attended or sponsored the event included Rep. Frank Smizik and his wife Julie Johnson, Somerville Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, and recently elected President of the Washington, DC chapter of Red Sox Nation Eleanor LeCain, "our perennial MC, Julie Johnson", Mike Schippani (UAW-Detroit); Shaw’s striker Juan Garcia and UFCW staffer Heysoll Rodriguez.
Julie Johnson and Frank I. Smizik were also listed as supporters of the event.
Rail to fight "global warming"
In March 2009, newly appointed House Chairman of the Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Rep. Frank Smizik of Brookline, joined 30 state and local leaders from across the country in Washington to meet with members of Congress to urge support for legislation that will lead to an increase in freight rail capacity.
Smizik is a member of Go21, a national public interest organization that advocates the public benefits of moving freight by rail, such as increased fuel efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and easing traffic congestion. Go21 members are joined in the ninth annual Railroad Day on Capitol Hill by 300 representatives of the nation’s freight railroads and rail supply industry.
Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Frank I. Smizik was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."
Smizik is involved with the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, Citizens for Public Schools, Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action, American Jewish Committee, National Jewish Democratic Council.
- Mass state legislature bio.
- Mass state legislature bio.
- Frank Smizik Rep bio, accessed Jan. 8, 2011
- Mass state legislature bio.
- Yankee Radical January 2001
- Dem. Left Summer, 2001
- Yankee Radical, October 2001
- The Yankee Radical, Sep./Oct. 2002
- TYR, May 2010
- TRY Sep. 2010
- Smizik pushes freight by railWicked Local Brookline, Posted Mar 05, 2009
- Progressive States Network: State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform (accessed on Dec. 23, 2010)
- official state rep bio, accessed August 20, 2012