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Rob Smith, former state lawmaker in Mississippi, dies at 66


Rob Smith, a Democrat who served 24 years in the Mississippi Legislature ... Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Richland. Smith, who owned a real estate business in Rankin County, was elected to the state House of Representatives ...


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December 18, 2017 09:48 AM UPDATED December 18, 2017 09:49 AM FLORENCE, Miss. Rob Smith, a Democrat who served 24 years in the Mississippi Legislature, has died after a long illnessHe was 66. Smith died Saturday at his home in Florence, according to Chancellor Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.mWednesday at First Baptist Church in Richland. Smith, who owned a real estate business in Rankin County, was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1979 and served four yearsHe won a seat in the state Senate in 1983 and served 20 years in a district encompassing parts of Copiah, Covington, Rankin and Simpson countiesHe wrote a law that provided free car tags to Purple Heart recipients. (function() { var randomUrl = getRandomUrl('http://x.email.thestate.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=136,http://x.email.thestate.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=138,http://x.email.thestate.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=134'); var eventMethod = window.addEventListener ? 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