Illinois Family Institute Announces David Smith as New Executive Director as LaBarbera Launches National Venture
The following is the press release issued by Illinois Family Institute August 16th:
GLEN ELLYN–Illinois Family Institute today announced the appointment of David E. Smith as its new Executive Director, to succeed Peter LaBarbera, who is resigning to pursue his goal of creating a national organization dedicated to confronting the homosexual activist agenda.
Smith, 37, has served as Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute since coming on board in March 2004, and is leading the push for a statewide Marriage Protection Referendum in Illinois. He gained national respect as a decency advocate after filing 70 FCC complaints against Chicago shock-jock Eric “Mancow? Muller, resulting in a $300,000 fine against Mancow’s parent company, Emmis Communications Corporation.
“It is a great honor to be chosen to lead Illinois Family Institute,? Smith said. “I will do my best to defend marriage, life, and decency for the families of this state against the determined efforts of liberal groups to disqualify Biblically-informed thought and action.?
LaBarbera, 44, who joined IFI in September 2003, is recognized as a leading opponent of the “gay? movement. Under his tenure, IFI?s visibility and grassroots network grew tremendously. In the weeks leading up to the November election, he will stay on at IFI as an advisor to help with the transition. LaBarbera?s group, Americans for Truth, will be based in Naperville, Illinois.
An alumnus of the Family Research Council’s Witherspoon Fellowship, Dave graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Smith, who has lived in Chicago his entire life, and his wife of 11 years are the parents of three young children.
IFI is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy group that works to protect marriage, family and the sanctity of life in the Land of Lincoln.
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