Former State Senate Chief of Staff, Christopher Smith, found shot to death

Former Chief of Staff for the Arizona State Senate, Christopher Smith, was found shot to death on Saturday night in South Phoenix. The former mover and shaker in the State Senate served throughout the 1990’s until 2000.

According to police reports, the 51-year-old Smith was found shot several time in his vehicle located in the 1000 block of south 18th Avenue.

Smith also served as Executive Director at the prestigious Goldwater Institute.

He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters, Roxanne, Sophia and Isabella.

We will follow this story as it develops.

Here is the video from ABC-15:


  1. 2010 has been a brutal year for losing friends…Christopher Smith, a gentleman and a scholar. Christopher was a gentle soul who also was a fierce defender of freedom as both the ED of the Goldwater Institute and as COS for the state senate. I was blessed to know him, work with him and witness the many fine attributes that made him a special man. RIP Christopher and may God grant you peace.

  2. We have all lost a very dear friend. Chris was a very special person and one of my closest childhood pals growing up in Ocean City NJ. Chris was someone I admired and always looked up to. We are all devistated by Chris’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Venessa and the girls. God bless you Chris we all loved you very much and will miss you dearly! DC

  3. Chuck Blanchard says

    As a member of the Democratic caucus during the time that Chris was working for the Republican caucus in the Senate, I can assure you that high regard for Chris crosses partisan boundaries. He was a brilliant policy analyst, a loyal Republican staffers, but all the same a true gentleman with friends on both sides of the aisle. He was a rare gem and will indeed be missed. My prayers will be with his wife and daughters.

  4. Terrible news. He was a very good man and will be missed. Prayers for his family.

  5. The family wishes to thank everyone for the outpouring of kindness from friends, both professional & personal. We cannot express our feelings for the man Chris was adequately at this time, but appreciate you doing it for us. He will be missed as a son, father, husband, brother and friend. Rest easy, brother.

  6. There was no finer or more caring man than Christopher Smith. My heart ached for him in recent months as he suffered from incredible medical issues and other trauma in his life. He had a passion for the cause of liberty that knew no bounds and this endeared him to me because I shared that passion. There are few warriers in this cause who are willing to give everything they have. Christoher will be greatly missed.

  7. Christopher was a great leader, thinker, innovator, husband, father, and man of faith. Filled with compassion, he was a humanitarian and a man of action. His divine spirit touched all he came in contact with, and the grace of his life made the world a much better place. He leaves a huge void in our hearts but also blazed a path of inspired action and service for us to follow. God bless you Christopher, Godspeed. My prayers are for Christopher’s family.

  8. Edward Megargee says

    Chris was often in our thoughts the past few months and all the more so now. We wish for all his family to find comfort in the knowledge that he was admired and loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

  9. Beth Ludlam Blumberg says

    Chris’ strengths and accomplishments are immeasurable and will shine through his girls forever. He had a smile, shyness and giggle that would melt your heart. Our hearts are with Vanessa and the girls.

  10. Sen. Darden Hamilton says

    I was saddened to hear of the loss of Christopher Smith. Not only is he a loss to his wonderful family but to the entire state of Arizona. His influence on legislators to do the right thing by the people of Arizona will be his lasting legacy.

    He was often described as the “smartest guy in the room” – that does little to describe his majestic intellectual capacity. I will miss him terribly, not just for his uplifting demeanor, but for his positive influence on all those around him.

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