Irene Smart, American politician and judge, Died at 96

Irene Balogh Smart was born on March 24, 1921 and died on May 3, 2017.

She was an Ohio Democratic Party politician and a former member of the Ohio General Assembly.

She was a graduate of Wittenberg University, Harvard University, and the William McKinley School of Law.

He was an attorney by trade, Smart first ran for the Ohio House of Representatives in 1972, and defeated Republican incumbent Ross Heintzelman in a narrow victory.

Smart won reelection in 1974,and 1976.

During 1977, she ran for Canton City Municipal Judge, and won.

Smart took the bench in 1978, resigning her House seat to do so, and was succeed by Robert Regula.

Smart served on the municipal court until 1985, when she moved up to the Stark County Court of Common Pleas.

During 1988, she  again moved up, this time to the Ohio 5th District Court of Appeals.

During 1994, she was unable to seek another term since she had hit the 70-year age limit, and retired at the end of her term.

Irene Smart passed away at 96 years old.