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Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

Representing the 24th District of Florida

Wilson Statement on Judge Rodney Smith’s Federal Bench Appointment

Jun 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Wilson issued the following statement in response to Judge Rodney Smith’s lifetime appointment to the federal bench:

“I am overjoyed by the recent confirmation of Judge Rodney Smith to serve a lifetime appointment on the federal bench in South Florida. He grew up in Liberty City, one of Miami’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and selflessly gives back to the community that helped shape him.

“Judge Smith has for many years been actively involved in the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, the in-school, dropout prevention program that I founded more than 25 years ago, through which he helps nurture boys of color who reflect earlier versions of himself. In addition to mentoring students, recruiting new mentors, and participating in celebratory and ceremonial rites of passage, he has generously supported the Role Models foundation and is listed on its Wall of Giving and Philanthropy.

“Judge Smith is an exemplar of the biblical passage, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” I applaud him for this outstanding professional achievement and thank him for being a living and loving example of the kind of man I dream every Role Models boy will grow up to be.”