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Beacon Hill's Most Beautiful: 25 power players who keep the Golden Dome in style

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND MIKE DEEHAN  |  November 8, 2012

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JEFFERSON SMITH
34, IN A RELATIONSHIP, CAMBRIDGE
LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

In Massachusetts, everybody has an opinion about transportation issues, from bus routes to turnpike fares. All of it funnels to Smith, whose job is to find ways to do something about it.

No pressure.

As legislative director, Smith advises Secretary Richard Davey on all transportation-related legislation, projects, and budget matters. That means working with elected lawmakers and staff inside the building, as well as the broad rabble he diplomatically calls "stakeholders, opinion leaders, and advocates."

And he does it, according to our panel, with "old-school charm, and always dressed to the nines." Not to mention a "razor-sharp jaw and intense blue eyes," which make us think there's a Superman behind those Clark Kent glasses,

Job title: Legislative director

Held since: 2008

Age: 34

Marital/relationship status; children; pets: In a relationship

Home: Cambridge

Originally from: Tewksbury

What you do: Working for the Secretary and CEO of the Department of Transportation, I advise on all transportation-related legislation, projects, and budget priorities. I also develop communication, budget, and legislative strategies for the Administration's transportation agenda, and work with legislators, stakeholders, opinion leaders, and advocates around the legislative priorities of the Secretary.

A good portion of my day-to-day activity is to maintain key partnerships with federal, state, and local elected officials, as well as transportation stakeholders at the national, state, and municipal level.

Other jobs: Adjunct faculty, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Other activities: Chair, Cambridge Democratic City Committee; Board of Directors, MassRecycle.

Path to Beacon Hill: I believe in public service, and its ability to lift people up. I wanted to have a chance to shape policies that I care about, and help improve the services that our communities use every day. Working for the public is a privilege and being able to contribute my time and knowledge to develop meaningful and sustainable change is an extremely important part of my life.

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