Adrian Smith

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Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith.jpg
U.S. House, Nebraska, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Osborne (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$3.77 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Campaign $$4,171,980
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nebraska State Senate - District 48
1999–2007
Education
High schoolGering High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska
Personal
BirthdayDecember 19, 1970
Place of birthScottsbluff, Nebraska
ProfessionRealtor
Net worth$153,505
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Adrian M. Smith (b. December 19, 1970, in Scottsbluff, NE) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District.

He won 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 took place November 4, 2014.[1] He was rumored to be contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, but decided to run for re-election to the U.S. House instead.

He previously served as a city council member in Gering, Nebraska.[2]

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.

Biography

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.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Smith's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

Smith also worked as a substitute teacher.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Smith serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Smith served on the following committees:[7]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Smith's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.pngSmith 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Smith supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Smith supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[14] 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.[15] Smith voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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.[16] 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.[17]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Smith supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[22] Smith joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[23][24]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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.[25]

Issues

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 elected officials 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 social issues and 89 percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
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: 2014.[26]

Elections

2014

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

Smith ran 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. He defeated challenger Mark Sullivan (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Nebraska District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 75.4% 139,440
     Democratic Mark Sullivan 24.6% 45,524
Total Votes 184,964
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State
U.S. House, Nebraska District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 68.1% 67,113
Tom Brewer 31.9% 31,436
Total Votes 98,549
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State

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.[28][29]

2012

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,[30] and Democrat Mark Sullivan in the November general election.[31]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Smith attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[35]

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[36]

Adrian Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$627,791.47$100,616.76$(55,876.18)$672,532.05
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$672,532.05$125,309.69$(50,024.37)$747,817.37
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$747,817.37$131,689.97$(43,461.47)$836,045.87
Year-End Quarterly[40]December 31, 2013$836,045$84,331$(44,051)$849,823
April Quarterly[41]April 21, 2014$849,823.4$179,160.28$(71,601.62)$957,382.06
Pre-Primary[42]May 1, 2014$957,382.06$22,145$(150,783.27)$828,743.79
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2014$828,743.79$108,014.59$(196,035.320)$740,723.06
October Quarterly[44]October 15, 2014$740,723.06$192,654.16$(68,297.16)$68,297.16
Running totals
$943,921.45$(680,130.39)

2012

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 .[45]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $3.77 per vote received in 2012.


2010

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.[46]


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 prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in 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 OpenSecrets.org, 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.[47] Between 2006 and 2012, Smith's calculated net worth[48] 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.[49]

Adrian Smith Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2006$234,040
2012$236,506
Growth from 2006 to 2012:1%
Average annual growth:0%[50]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[51]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Smith received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Insurance industry.

From 2005-2014, 24.73 percent of Smith's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[52]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Adrian Smith Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,923,584
Total Spent $4,182,880
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Insurance$291,146
Republican/Conservative$253,386
Commercial Banks$241,800
Health Professionals$229,177
Agricultural Services/Products$201,850
% total in top industry5.91%
% total in top two industries11.06%
% total in top five industries24.73%

Analysis

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 July 2014.[53] This was the same rating Smith received in June 2013.

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.[54]

Smith most often votes with:

Smith least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Smith missed 57 of 6,234 roll call votes from January 2007 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[53]

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.[55]

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 in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Smith ranked 52nd in the conservative rankings in 2013.[56]

2012

Smith ranked 38th in the conservative rankings in 2012. This was the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Nebraska in 2012.[57]

2011

Smith ranked 97th in the conservative rankings in 2011. This was the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Nebraska in 2011.[58]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Smith voted with the Republican Party 96.5 percent of the time, which ranked 15th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[59]

2013

Smith voted with the Republican Party 100 percent of the time, which ranked 2nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[60]

Personal

Smith resides in Gering, Nebraska.[61] He is a member of Calvary Memorial Evangelical Free Church.[62]

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See also

External links


References

  1. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Statewide Candidate List for May 13, 2014 Primary Election," accessed May 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adrian Smith, Congress, "About," accessed November 13, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SMITH, Adrian, (1970 - )," accessed August 20, 2014
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Adrian Smith's Biography," accessed October 13, 2014
  5. The Norfolk Daily News, "Smith faces challenger Sullivan in Third District," accessed October 13, 2014
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 13, 2014
  7. United States Congressman Adrian Smith, Serving the 3rd District of Nebraska, "Committee & Caucuses," accessed November 13, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 28, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on agriculture," accessed September 28, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on abortion," accessed September 28, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  23. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 On The Issues, "Adrian Smith Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  27. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  28. Politico, "Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire," accessed February 18, 2013
  29. Roll Call, "Heineman, Fortenberry Considering Senate Run in Nebraska," accessed February 18, 2013
  30. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Primary Election May 15, 2012," accessed September 25, 2012
  31. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Adrian Smith," accessed May 16, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  37. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  38. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  39. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  40. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed March 6, 2014
  41. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  42. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  43. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  44. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  45. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Adrian Smith 2010 Election Data," accessed November 13, 2011
  47. Open Secrets, "Adrian Smith (R-NE), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  48. 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.
  49. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  51. 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.
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Adrian Smith," accessed September 23, 2014
  53. 53.0 53.1 GovTrack, "Adrian Smith," accessed July 29, 2014
  54. OpenCongress, "Adrian Smith," accessed July 29, 2014
  55. LegiStorm, "Adrian Smith," accessed October 8, 2012
  56. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 29, 2014
  57. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013
  58. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. United States Congressman Adrian Smith, Serving the 3rd District of Nebraska, "About Adrian," accessed November 13, 2011
  62. Project Vote Smart, "Adrian Smith's Biography," accessed October 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Osborne
U.S. House of Representatives Nebraska, District 3
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Nebraska State Senate - District 48
1999-2007
Succeeded by
John Harms