Birthdate: Dec. 17, 1949
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Religion: Christian
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

Stephen Smith was born in Los Angeles and has lived in the city his entire life. He earned a bachelor's in psychology from the University of California-Los Angeles.

After college, Smith took a job working in a paint factory in southeast Los Angeles. He went on to work for thirty years at Radio Shack in positions ranging from retail clerk to store manager. His work took him to shops in a wide variety of neighborhoods ranging from upscale Beverly Hills to East Los Angeles.

Smith, who married a church choir director, has long been an active chorale singer and has performed at a number of houses of religious worship. He currently sings in the choir at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Profile

Stephen Smith was previously registered as a decline-to-state voter but changed to the Republican Party to run for Congress.

In 2012, he will make his second bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra.

Smith said his main priority is fiscal responsibility. He supports keeping capital gains taxes low to promote private investment, which he believes will help stimulate economic growth, and thus increase government tax revenue.

While not a formal tea party member, Smith said he supports the group's efforts to rein in government spending.

Source: Associated Press

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