Iowa’s longest-serving Congressman, Neal Smith, celebrated his 99th birthday on March 23 and his Davis Brown Law Firm colleagues joined in a celebration on Wednesday, April 3.
Congressman Smith served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 36 years and his impact can be seen across central Iowa from the Neal and Bea Smith Law Clinic at Drake University, the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge, to the Neal Smith Federal Building. His work in Congress also led to the dams at Lakes Red Rock, Saylorville, and Rathbun. Prior to his governmental service, the Congressman served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. Later, he graduated from Drake Law School and was a lawyer in private practice.
Following his retirement from Congress, the Congressman joined Davis Brown Law where he practiced for over 20 years advising businesses and community leaders in their connections with the government.