Kody Smith is a Legislative Fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Prior to his arrival at the Foundation, he served as Legislative Director for a state representative during the 87th legislative session for the state of Texas. As Legislative Director, he oversaw the house appropriations committee and assisted with the committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety while managing a diverse legislative portfolio, including subject matter on the Second Amendment, criminal justice reform, pro-life policy, executive overreach, and data privacy.

Outside of his time in Austin, Kody worked at a regional private university and aided in the successful election of a local state representative in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition to his work in DFW, Kody served in Washington D.C. as an intern for a member of the Texas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives where he coordinated informative colloquies on Second Amendment rights and foreign policy concerns. His education and work experience eventually brought him to International Christian Concern (ICC), an organization seeking to raise awareness of religious persecution across the globe, where he held the inaugural position of Advocacy Fellow promoting international religious freedom in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

Kody has begun his doctoral studies in Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. He also holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy with an emphasis in national security and international relations.

Kody is married to his wife, Aimee, and they have one daughter, Reagan.