Howard Worth Smith (February 2, 1883 - October 3, 1976) was a representative from Virginia from 1921-1967. He was an important member of the Conservative Coalition and chairman of the House Rules Committee. But like Richard Russell and Carl Vinson of Georgia, he was a racist Southern Democrat who opposed civil rights bills supported by Republicans. He also notably supported the liberal Equal Rights Amendment, which conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly were opposed to. Initially, he was in favor of the New Deal.