Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today announced that her guest at the 2023 State of the Union address will be Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffrey T. Smith of Fort Plain, New York.

“I am proud to announce Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith from Fort Plain will be my honored guest for this year’s State of the Union address in our nation’s Capitol,” Stefanik said. “Sheriff Smith and countless other members of law enforcement are on the frontlines every day protecting our communities and fighting against the crises caused by Joe Biden’s failed policies. The American people deserve a government with the same dedication to public safety, and House Republicans are leading the charge to hold the Biden Administration accountable for its crises and deliver on our commitment to create a nation that is safe.”

“I am honored and excited to attend this year’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. as Congresswoman Stefanik’s guest. Public safety has been my life, the ability to share ideas and communicate about daily struggles within the Criminal Justice system is invaluable. I applaud the Congresswoman and her efforts to bring positive change,” stated Sheriff Jeffery T. Smith.

Sheriff Smith has served as Montgomery County Sheriff since 2019. He has been in law enforcement for 34 years, including serving 12 years as the Undersheriff for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office prior to becoming Sheriff.

Each year, Members of Congress are permitted one guest to attend the State of the Union, which will take place Tuesday, February 7.