Shap Smith lands third term as Speaker

Speaker of the House Shap Smith

Shap Smith

The most powerful member of the Legislature has officially begun his fifth year in the House’s top leadership position.

Elected in a unanimous voice vote, Smith this morning delivered a 15-minute speech that touched on jobs, the economy, global warming, renewbale energy, public education and workforce development.

It was an agenda that dovetails seamlessly with the one Peter Shumlin will outline in his inaugural address tomorrow, though Smith didn’t once mention the governor.

All 150 members of the body were just sworn in in unison. We’ll bring you more on Smith’s wide-ranging speech soon.