Stephen Smith has been named as Governor Bill Haslam’s chief of staff.
As chief of staff, the 42-year-old, an attorney, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the governor’s office and serve as top advisor and strategist.
According to reports, Smith joined the governor’s office in August 2016. He most recently served as senior advisor to the governor.
Serving the Haslam administration since 2011, Smith was previously deputy commissioner for policy and external affairs for the Tennessee Department of Education.
“Stephen’s experience, knowledge of state government, and commitment to great outcomes make him well suited for the role of chief of staff. I greatly appreciate all he has contributed and our entire team is excited to have him in this role.” Haslam said.
Haslam’s administration said Smith has played a key role in many major initiatives. He helped shape the governor’s 2017 Next Tennessee legislative agenda and took leading roles in advancing the IMPROVE Act.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of Governor Haslam’s administration for the past seven years,” Smith said. “It’s a true privilege to be able to work every day at the Capitol with this governor and the talented and dedicated team in the governor’s office. I’m looking forward to this new challenge.”
Smith formerly worked in private law practice as well as the nonprofit sector. He represented clients in both a legal and consulting capacity. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law.
Smith and his wife, Christina, have three daughters.
According to information from the governor’s office, Jim Henry will continue his service as deputy to the governor.