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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
Cost per vote$4.81 in 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, in Washington, D.C.) 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

The following is an abbreviated list of Smith's professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Smith serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Smith served on the following House committee:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Smith voted in support of 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 "No" Smith voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 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 "Yes" Smith voted in favor of 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 voted in support of 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]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Neutral/Abstain Smith did not vote on 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]

King Amendment

Smith signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[13] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[14]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[15] 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.[16] Smith voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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 funds 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.[18] 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.[19]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Smith voted against 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Smith has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Smith voted against 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.[23]

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 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

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.” [25] Critics said the move was done under the radar and that there are ways to modernize without getting rid of these safeguards.

Elections

2014

See also: Washington's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Smith is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 9th District. Smith is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Washington's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Smith won re-election in 2012.[26][27] 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.[28][29][30]

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 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
[31]

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.[40]

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.[41]

Adam Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 23, 2013$282,956.05$86,866.81$(79,434.05)$290,388.81
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$290,388.81$197,205.00$(97,892.45)$389,701.36
October Quarterly[44]October 14, 2013$389,701.36$164,255.20$(74,456.67)$479,499.89
Year-end[45]January 31, 2014$479,499$65,737$(100,422)$444,814
Running totals
$514,064.01$(352,205.17)

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 .[46]

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.[47]

U.S. House, Washington District 9, 2010 - Adam Smith Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $948,533
Total Spent $1,355,512
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $240,210
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $240,210
Top contributors to Adam Smith's campaign committee
Denny Miller Assoc$15,800
Microsoft Corp$13,750
Boeing Co$12,250
Weyerhaeuser Co$11,000
Lockheed Martin$10,250
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lobbyists$77,521
Lawyers/Law Firms$59,393
Defense Aerospace$55,000
Leadership PACs$43,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$37,000

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]


Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Smith has voted with the Democratic Party 91.5% of the time, which ranked 148th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[56]

Personal

Smith and his wife, Sara Bickle-Eldridge, have two children.[6]

Recent news

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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. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Smith", accessed January 3, 2014
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. 6.0 6.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 17, 2011
  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 Smith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Smith on agriculture", accessed October 17, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  14. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Smith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 17, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  24. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. ‘’Buzzfeed,” “Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban,” May 18, 2012
  26. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  27. Bellingham Herald "2012 election field takes shape," June 13, 2011
  28. Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
  29. Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
  30. AP Primary Results
  31. Our Campaigns, "WA District 9 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  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. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Adam Smith," Accessed April 5, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Adam Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly" accessed October 29, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  46. Open Secrets "Smith 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  47. Open Secrets "Adam Smith 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  48. Gov Track "Adam Smith" Accessed July 4, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Rep. Adam Smith," Accessed August 8, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Adam Smith," Accessed April 11, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Adam Smith", Accessed September 7, 2012
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Smith (R-WA), 2011"
  53. OpenSecrets.org, "Adam Smith (D-Wash), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Tate
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 9
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Washington State Senate
1991-1996
Succeeded by
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