Commissioner Jerry Hughes, President of the Orange County Navigation & Port District, presents newly elected Commissioner Barbara Winfree and re-elected Commissioner James A. “Jimmy” Smith with their Certificate of Election after receiving the Oath of Office at the Port’s regular Board of Commissioners Meeting on Monday.

Ms. Barbara Winfree was first appointed to the Port’s Board of Commissioners on July 23rd, 2010 to fill the vacancy left by her husband the late Mr. Lester  “Buckshot” Winfree.  Ms. Winfree retired in 2003 from Orangefield ISD where she served as a Teacher for 22 years.  She Also is an active member of The Order of Eastern Star, Winfree Baptist Church, Texas Retired Teachers Association, Southeast Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association and the Lower Sabine-Neches Soil & Water Conservation District #446 where she is currently serving as Secretary.  Ms. Winfree is the first woman to serve on the Orange County Navigation & Port District Board of Commissioners.

Mr. James A. “Jimmy” Smith was first elected to the Orange County Navigation & Port District Board of Commissioners in 1988.  Mr. Smith is the owner of Jimmy Smith Insurance Agency, in Bridge City, which he founded in 1988.  Mr. Smith has served as a member of the Rotary Club of Bridge City, Sabine Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Bridge City Lodge #1345, Scottish Rite, El Mina Shrine Temple, Orange Gun Club, Life Member NRA and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Mr. Smith was voted Bridge City Chamber Citizen of the Year in 1988.