The White House released list of individuals that President Trump intends to appoint to key administration posts. Utahn Greg Smith is on the list and is slated to become the U.S. Commissioner of the Upper Colorado River Commission. No Senate confirmation is needed. Smith, a graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU), got his start in politics while living in Utah.
As a student at BYU, Greg built a coalition and successfully lobbied for passage of legislation preventing Utah public pension funds from beinginvested in foreign companies doing business in Iran’s petroleum sector. Greg received national recognition for these efforts, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Student Advocate of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2011.
After graduating from BYU, Greg was hired by AIPAC. He spent over 7 years with the pro-Israel organization, as a Regional Political Director in their Los Angeles office, as well as an Assistant Director of Policy and Government Affairs in Washington DC, where he managed their defense portfolio on Capitol Hill.
In April 2019, President Trump appointed Greg as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for Policy and Personnel, making him one of the highest-ranking LDS officials in the federal government.
Congressman Chris Stewart congratulated Smith on Twitter.
Congrats to Utah’s own Greg Smith who has been appointed to serve as the U.S. Commissioner of the Upper Colorado River Commission. He will do a great job!https://t.co/B1jEt9nmDU
— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) December 22, 2020
You can see the entire list of people President Trump intends to appoint by going here.