Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Charlie Smithson Joins Secretary of State’s Staff
(DES MOINES, Iowa)--Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced today that Charlie Smithson has been hired as Legal Counsel for the Office of Iowa Secretary of State.
Mr. Smithson has been Chief Clerk of the Iowa House since 2010. A graduate of Westmar College and the Washburn University School of Law, Smithson has served as an attorney for the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, Legal Counsel for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, and Executive Director of the IECDB from 2001-2010. Mr. Smithson has been an adjunct professor of Election Law at the Drake University School of Law since 2001.
“I am thrilled to have Charlie Smithson join the Secretary of State’s office as Legal Counsel. As the well-respected executive director of the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, former Chief Clerk of the Iowa House, and a professor at Drake, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in election law, and will serve the people of Iowa well,” said Secretary Schultz.