Adrian Smith

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Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith.jpg
U.S. House, Nebraska, District 3
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PredecessorTom Osborne (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.77 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,171,980
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nebraska State Senate - District 48
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska
BirthdayDecember 19, 1970
Place of birthScottsbluff, Nebraska
ProfessionRealtor, Teacher
Net worth$153,505
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Office website
Campaign website
Adrian M. Smith (b. December 19, 1970, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska, representing its 3rd Congressional District.

Smith won re-election in the 2012.[1] He defeated Democrat Mark Sullivan in the November general election and Bob Lingenfelter in the May 15, 2012, primary election.

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 13, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2] He was also rumored to be contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate.

He previously served as a city council member in Gering, Nebraska.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Smith is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Smith was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He attended Liberty University from 1989-1990 but transferred and earned a B.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1993.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Smith's academic, professional and political career:

  • City council member: Gering, Nebraska[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Smith serves on the following committees:[5]


Smith served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Smith's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Smith opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Smith supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Smith voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Smith voted for HR 2775.[16]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Smith supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Smith supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Smith voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]


On The Issues Vote Match

Adrian Smith's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Smith is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Smith received a score of 28 percent on personal issues and 89 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Neutral
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[22]



See also: Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Smith is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Nebraska's 3rd District. Smith won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Nebraska District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 68.2% 66,878
Tom Brewer 31.8% 31,210
Total Votes 98,088
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Smith was reportedly considering a bid to succeed outgoing freshman U.S. Senator Mike Johanns in the 2014 elections, but decided to run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives instead.[23][24]


See also: Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nebraska's 3rd District. He defeated Bob Lingenfelter in the May 15, 2012, primary election,[25] and Democrat Mark Sullivan in the November general election.[26]

U.S. House, Nebraska, District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Sullivan 25.8% 65,266
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 74.2% 187,423
Total Votes 252,689
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 81.4% 62,645
Bob Lingenfelter 18.6% 14,297
Total Votes 76,942

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $4,171,980 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[30]

Adrian Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 3) Won $1,163,154
2010 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 3) Won $943,619
2008 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 3) Won $806,088
2006 U.S. House (Nebraska, District 3) Won $1,259,119
Grand Total Raised $4,171,980


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[31]

Adrian Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$627,791.47$100,616.76$(55,876.18)$6,752,532.05
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$672,532.05$125,309.69$(50,024.37)$747,817.37
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$747,817.37$131,689.97$(43,461.47)$836,045.87
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$836,045$84,331$(44,051)$849,823
April Quarterly[36]April 21, 2014$849,823.4$179,160.28$(71,601.62)$957,382.06
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Smith won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith's campaign committee raised a total of $1,163,154 and spent $705,515 .[37]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $3.77 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Smith was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a third term. His campaign committee raised a total of $943,619 and spent $972,220.[38]
U.S. House, Nebraska District 3, 2010 - Adrian Smith Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $943,619
Total Spent $972,220
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $54,170
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $54,493
Top contributors to Adrian Smith's campaign committee
Berkshire Hathaway$12,600
AFLAC Inc$10,000
AG Processing$10,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Agricultural Services/Products$58,850
Health Professionals$53,677
Crop Production & Basic Processing$47,350
Commercial Banks$42,400

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Smith's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $53,013 and $419,999. That averages to $236,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Smith ranked as the 335th most wealthy representative in 2012.[39] Between 2006 and 2012, Smith's calculated net worth[40] increased by an average of 0 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[41]

Adrian Smith Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2006 to 2012:1%
Average annual growth:0%[42]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[43]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[44]

Smith most often votes with:

Smith least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Smith is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[45]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Smith missed 44 of 5,229 roll call votes from January 2007 to April 2013, which is 0.8% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[45]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Smith paid his congressional staff a total of $1,001,951 in 2011. Overall, Nebraska ranked 20th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[46]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Smith was ranked the 38th most conservative representative during 2012. This is the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Nebraska in 2012[47]


According to the data released in 2012, Smith was ranked the 97th most conservative representative during 2011. This is the most conservative ranking held by any of Nebraska's representatives.[48]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Adrian Smith has voted with the Republican Party 100% of the time, which ranked 2nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[49]


Smith resides in Gering.[50]

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See also

External links


  1. Nebraska Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates List," accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Statewide Candidate List for May 13, 2014 Primary Election," accessed May 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Adrian Smith, Congress, "About"
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SMITH, Adrian, (1970 - )"
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. United States Congressman Adrian Smith, Serving the 3rd District of Nebraska, "Committee & Caucuses"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 28, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on agriculture," accessed September 28, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 28, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on abortion," accessed September 28, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Adrian Smith Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  23. Politico, "Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire," accessed February 18, 2013
  24. Roll Call, "Heineman, Fortenberry Considering Senate Run in Nebraska," accessed February 18, 2013
  25. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Primary Election May 15, 2012"
  26. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Adrian Smith," accessed May 16, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  32. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  33. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  34. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  35. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed March 6, 2014
  36. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  37. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Adrian Smith 2010 Election Data," accessed November 13, 2011
  39. Open Secrets, "Adrian Smith (R-NE), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  40. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  41. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  42. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  43. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  44. OpenCongress, "Adrian Smith," accessed August 6, 2013
  45. 45.0 45.1 GovTrack, "Adrian Smith," accessed June 18, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Adrian Smith," accessed October 8, 2012
  47. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013
  48. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  50. United States Congressman Adrian Smith, Serving the 3rd District of Nebraska, "About Adrian"
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Osborne
U.S. House of Representatives Nebraska, District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate - District 48
Succeeded by
John Harms