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Bob Smith
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United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
December 7, 1990 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Gordon J. Humphrey
Succeeded by John E. Sununu
Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Preceded by Harry Reid
Succeeded by Jim Jeffords
In office
November 2, 1999 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by John Chafee
Succeeded by Harry Reid
Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics
In office
January 7, 1997 – November 2, 1999
Preceded by Mitch McConnell
Succeeded by Pat Roberts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1985 – December 7, 1990
Preceded by Norman D'Amours
Succeeded by Bill Zeliff
Personal details
Robert Clinton Smith

March 30, 1941 (1941-03-30) (age 80)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican (Before 1999; 2000–present)
Other political
Constitution (1999)
Independent (1999–2000)
Alma mater Lafayette College
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1965–1967 (Active)
1962–1965, 1967–1969 (Reserve)
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Robert Clinton Smith (born March 30, 1941) is an American politician. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district from 1985 to 1990 and the state of New Hampshire in the United States Senate from 1990 to 2003.

Smith unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for President in 2000 election. He later ran as an Independent.

Smith ran for re-election in 2002 but lost the Republican primary to Congressman John E. Sununu, who won the general election.

After his defeat he moved to Florida and briefly ran for the Senate from there both in 2004 and 2010. However, he dropped out early due to poor polling numbers.

He later returned to New Hampshire, where he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2014 Senate election, but lost in the Republican primary by former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown.

In 2016, he worked for the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz.

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