James D. Smith

Chief Of Staff

James D. Smith was initiated into IAM Local Lodge 78 in 1975 while working in inventory control at Schauer Manufacturing.

James graduated in 1977 from the Lebanon Police Academy and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1979. After returning back to the shop, he was elected committeeman and later committee chairman. James was elected a trustee to District 34 in 1984, District delegate in 1985, and was elected President of Local Lodge 789 in 1988. He was then elected Business Representative in 1990 to District Lodge 34 and as Directing Business Representative in 1998.

Other positions held by Representative Smith include Vice President of the Ohio State Council of Machinists, Executive Board Member of the Cincinnati Labor Council, and Financial Secretary of the Allied Food Council, Cincinnati, Ohio. James also served as the past Chairman of the Council of Governments of Warren County, past Chairman of Health Advisory Board of Warren County, member of Warren County Community Services Board, former Council Member of home town government and two term Mayor of South Lebanon, Ohio.

James was appointed Special Representative in the Eastern Territory December 1, 1999, and works out of the Regional Office as the Political & Legislative Representative. His responsibilities include providing training and education on the importance of MNPL and providing assistance for shop stewards and shop committees on how to secure MNPL check-off contributions from membership and offers training and education on the importance of sponsoring membership as well as recruiting IAM members to participate in political activity and monitoring and assisting all District and Local Lodges in their political activities. Brother Smith also files, catalogs, monitors and updates all donations received from State Councils, Conferences, District and Local Lodges and reports them to the General Vice President. James also assists in scheduling State Council and Conference dates, provides educational programs and political information, research, distributes information on all political activity in the Eastern Territory to all District and Local Lodges and the State Councils and Conferences, as well as coordinating with Grand Lodge and all AFL-CIO state federations Central Labor Council’s in political action and voter education, IAM Pension.

James D. Smith was appointed as the Chief Of Staff for the Eastern Territory, by General Vice President Brian Bryant, on July 1, 2016.