Mr. Smyser is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lobby Idaho, LLC, President of Connolly & Smyser, Chartered and CEO of Capitol Cellars, LLC. Mr. Smyser has been a public affairs professional and attorney in Idaho for nearly 40 years. He has experience as a Prosecuting Attorney, Deputy Attorney General and has had his own law practice for 35 plus years.
Mr. Smyser is a fifth generation Idaho resident born and raised in Canyon County. He has had a successful contract lobbying practice for over 20 years, representing a diverse client base focused on being an advocate of substance and a knowledgeable source of information for legislators and members of the executive branch of government.
Since graduating from Gonzaga School of Law in 1977, Skip Smyser has been an active part of the Idaho political scene. He has worked on numerous successful political campaigns and held seats as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives and Idaho State Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. In addition, he has served as a Presidential elector and was a delegate to numerous National Political Conventions.
In March 2015, the Smyser family opened the politically themed Capitol Cellars, as a fine dining, full service restaurant. As one who dines out over 200 meals a year, Mr. Smyser has insisted on quality food, quality service and a top flight wine list. Skip believes in providing Idaho products where ever possible. Capitol Cellars is a better place to do business.
His wife Melinda and he live in Parma and have four children – Lincoln, Logan, Landon and Lauren.
Melinda Smyser is a lifelong resident of Canyon County growing up on a farm/ranch in Middleton. She has spent most of her career as an educator/counselor in Canyon County. Her background includes serving 13 years on the Parma School Board of Trustees. Mrs. Smyser served two terms in the Idaho State Senate serving on the Agriculture, Commerce, and the H/W Committees. She was the Regional Director for U.S. Senator Jim Risch for 5 years where she covered nine counties working with elected officials, businesses and the communities. Currently, Melinda Smyser is the Director of the Department of Labor for the State of Idaho.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho and a Master’s Degree from the College of Idaho. Smyser has received various awards from the Friend of Agriculture to Idaho’s Counselor of the Year.
Her favorite motto is: “Live, laugh and love today, tomorrow is fleeting.”