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Lee Smith has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Beaumont since 2002. He was board president from 2018-2020, and board vice president from 2013-2018.

A retired office services clerk for Ameripol Synpol Corp., Smith has lived most of his life in Beaumont. He is active in community affairs, including being a service officer for the Dorie E. Miller American Legion Post No. 817, a member of the NAACP, a Beaumont Main Street board member, a member of the City of Beaumont Adjustment Board, a member of the City of Beaumont Block Grant Committee, a trustee at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Charlton-Pollard Alumni Association.

Smith and his wife, LaRue, have one daughter.