My maiden name is Carolyn Smith. I am married to Mike Crawford and we have three children: Marly, Emily, and Jackson. My husband is employed as a special education teacher in the Pass Christian School District, where our three children attend school. I am a registered member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and the first Native American to serve in the MS House of Respresentatives. My family and I are active members of St. Thomas Church.
I was raised in my father's hometown of Long Beach, Mississippi. I attended public schools in Long Beach and graduated in 1988 from Long Beach High School. I received my bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of South Alabama. I began my career of helping others by working at Gulf Coast Mental Health Clinic as a Child Case Manager and then at South Mississippi Regional Center as a Licensed Social Worker. After getting married and having children, one with special needs that required a lot more attention than the other two, I decided to stay at home and raise them. Once all of the children had entered the public school system, I wanted to once again work in the public sector helping others. In 2011, I ran for the state legislature and won both the primary and general elections for State Representative, District 121.
I am a former Vice President of the Long Beach Gifted Association and past board member of the Gulf Coast Down’s Syndrome Society. I assisted my husband in forming and organizing the Buddy Ball League, an annual baseball league for individuals with special needs living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I have also volunteered my time as an assistant coach for both the youth baseball and softball leagues.