Laura Jens-Smith comes to politics from a desire to do good.
Laura grew up in Port Jefferson Station, receiving her Associates Degree at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, and, upon graduation, worked as a cardiac care and recovery room nurse. Eventually, Laura went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Pace University, putting herself through school.
While politics was not in Laura’s career plan, public service was and is…That led Laura to serve six years as a School Board Trustee of the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education, eventually being elected Board President.
Laura then went on to become the first woman elected to the office of Town Supervisor in Riverhead’s 225-year history. As Supervisor, Laura focused on comprehensive long-term planning, fiscal stability, economic development, farmland and open space preservation, protecting the environment, downtown revitalization and public safety. Laura was honored to receive the 2019 Leadership Award from the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO for her work on behalf of organized labor and working families. She was recognized by Minority Millennials Inc. for her efforts to improve the quality of life of people of color and young people. Laura was also awarded the 2019 Pass the Torch award by the Butterfly Effect Project for her advocacy for young women.
Laura is a Mother of two grown children and lives with her husband in Laurel.