C. Mark Smith


C. Mark Smith spent forty years managing economic development organizations at the federal, state and local level. He is a Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member of the International Economic Development Council and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award in economic development from Washington Governor Gary Locke. His other interests revolve around history, politics, and community service. A self-proclaimed “political junkie,” he is an avid observer of the national political scene.

His is a published author whose articles have been published in academic and historical journals in the Pacific Northwest and as far away as Turkey. He is the recipient of the John M. McClelland Jr. Award for the best article to appear in Columbia, the Journal of the Washington State Historical Society, in 2010.

In 2011 he published his first book, Raising Cain: The Life and Politics of Senator Harry P. Cain, a biography of controversial former Washington Senator Harry P. Cain. Civic promoter, mayor, senior staff member Generals Eisenhower and Ridgeway in World War Two, U.S. Senator, civil libertarian and county commissioner, Cain was largely responsible for eliminating the McCarthy-era loyalty oath at the federal level.

Smith’s second book, Community Godfather: How Sam Volpentest shaped the history of Hanford and the Tri-Cities, tells the inside story of how Sam Volpentest, a pint-sized giant of a man, used his political connections and sheer determination to shape the history of the Hanford Site and the neighboring Tri-Cities for more than forty years. It was published in 2013.

In The Wake of Lewis and Clark, was published in 2015 year by the American Queen Steamship Company and available on their American Empress cruise ship. It traces the voyage of the Corps of Discovery from Lewiston, Idaho to Astoria Oregon and back.

Smith’s latest book is a biography of Washington congressman Doc Hastings, who served his Central Washington district for twenty years during twenty years of political turmoil. Congressman Doc Hastings: Twenty Years of Turmoil, will be released the end of April, 2018.

Smith is a 1961 graduate of the University of Puget Sound with degrees in history and political science. He served two terms on the UPS Board of Trustees in the mid-1980s, and was awarded the UPS Alumni Association’s Lifetime Professional Achievement Award in 2012.

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