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Adam Smith
Adam Smith.jpg
U.S. House, Washington, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRandy Tate (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,144,624
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Washington State Senate
1991-1996
Education
High schoolTyee High School
Bachelor'sFordham University
J.D.University of Washington
Personal
BirthdayJune 15, 1965
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$764,005
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
David Adam Smith (b. June 15, 1965) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 9th congressional district. Smith was first elected in 1996 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Smith is currently serving his fifth consecutive term. [1].

Smith is running for re-election in Washington's 9th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election to the United States House of Representatives, Smith served as a member of the Washington State Senate. [2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Smith is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Smith was born in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.A. from Fordham University in 1987, and his J.D. from the University of Washington in 1990.[3]

Career

After earning his J.D., Smith went into private practice.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Smith serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Smith was a member of the following House committee:[5]

Issues

Political positions

Legalizing propaganda

In May 2012, Rep. Smith, along with Rep. Mac Thornberry, sponsored an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would negate two previous acts in order to legalize the use of propaganda on Americans. Thornberry stated that the current restriction “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.” [6] Critics said the move was done under the radar and that there are ways to modernize without getting rid of these safeguards.

Specific votes

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 one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Smith won re-election in 2012.[8][9] He and James Postma (R) advanced past the August 7, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Dave Christie (D), Tom Cramer (D), and John Orlinski (R). They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11][12]

U.S. House, Washington District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith Incumbent 71.6% 192,034
     Republican Jim Postma 28.4% 76,105
Total Votes 268,139
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 9 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith (D) Incumbent 61.2% 72,868
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Postma (R 23.2% 27,616
Tom Cramer (D) 7% 8,376
Boleslaw (John) Orlinski (R) 5.6% 6,624
Dave Christie (D) 3.1% 3,659
Total Votes 119,143
[13]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $6,144,624 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[22]

Adam Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 9) Won $1,145,880
2010 US House (Washington, District 9) Won $948,533
2008 US House (Washington, District 9) Won $648,477
2006 US House (Washington, District 9) Won $739,885
2004 US House (Washington, District 9) Won $763,390
2002 US House (Washington, District 9) Won $820,573
2000 US House (Washington, District 9) Won $1,077,886
Grand Total Raised $6,144,624

2014

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.[23]

Adam Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]4/23/2013$282,956.05$86,866.81$(79,434.05)$290,388.81
July Quarterly[25]7/15/2013$290,388.81$197,205.00$(97,892.45)$389,701.36
Running totals
$284,071.81$(177,326.5)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Smith won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Smith's campaign committee raised a total of $1,145,880 and spent $924,161 .[26]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $4.81 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Smith won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Smith's campaign committee raised a total of $948,533 and spent $1,355,512.[27]

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 Democrat," as of July 4, 2013.[28]

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.[29]

Smith most often votes with:

Smith least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Smith missed 692 of 11,065 roll call votes from January 1997 to April 2013. This amounts to 6.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[30]

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 $1,036,527 in 2011. Overall, Washington ranks 18th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Smith's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $433,010 and $1,095,000. That averages to $764,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 87.48% from 2010.[32]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Smith's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $190,015 to $625,000. That averages to $407,507.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[33]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Smith was 1 of 2 members who ranked 135th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[34]

2011

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. Smith ranked 155th in the liberal rankings.[35]


Voting with party

July 2013

Smith voted with the Democratic Party 91.5% of the time, which ranked 148 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[36]

Recent news

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Personal

Smith and his wife, Sara Bickle-Eldridge, have two children.[5]

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  2. The National Journal "Adam Smith," Accessed July, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SMITH, Adam, (1965 - )" Accessed November 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. 5.0 5.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 17, 2011
  6. ‘’Buzzfeed,” “Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban,” May 18, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
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  9. Bellingham Herald "2012 election field takes shape," June 13, 2011
  10. Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
  11. Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
  12. AP Primary Results
  13. Our Campaigns, "WA District 9 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Adam Smith," Accessed April 5, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Adam Smith 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Smith 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Adam Smith 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  28. Gov Track "Adam Smith" Accessed July 4, 2013
  29. OpenCongress, "Rep. Adam Smith," Accessed August 8, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Adam Smith," Accessed April 11, 2013
  31. LegiStorm, "Adam Smith", Accessed September 7, 2012
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Smith (R-WA), 2011"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Adam Smith (D-Wash), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  34. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Randy Tate
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 9
1997-Present
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Washington State Senate
1991-1996
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