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Neal Smith


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 4th district
In office
1959–1995
Preceded by Paul Cunningham
Succeeded by Greg Ganske

Born March 23, 1920 (1920-03-23) (age 89)
Hedrick, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Beatrice Haven

Neal Edward Smith (b. March 23, 1920, in his grandparents' home near Hedrick, Keokuk County, Iowa) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Iowa from 1959 until 1995 — the longest period of time any Iowa Representative has ever served in the United States House of Representatives. He served in the United States Army Air Force during the Second World War as a bomber pilot. His plane was shot down and he received a Purple Heart, nine Battle stars, and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Missouri and Syracuse University and received a law degree from Drake University in 1950. He was elected to the House of Representatives in the Democratic landslide of 1958 and served in Congress from 1959 to 1995. He was defeated in the Republican landslide of 1994 by Greg Ganske.

Neal Smith married Beatrice Haven and had two kids, Doug and Sharon.

The Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa is named after the former congressman. The Neal and Bea Smith Law Center at Drake University is named after the former congressman and his wife.

In 1996 Smith published his autobiography, Mr. Smith Went to Washington: From Eisenhower to Clinton.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul Cunningham
U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Iowa District
1959–1973
Succeeded by
William J. Scherle
Preceded by
John Kyl
U.S. House of Representatives, 4th Iowa District
1973–1995
Succeeded by
Greg Ganske
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