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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 primaryAugust 5, 2014
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$354,505
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 is currently serving his fifth consecutive term.[1]

Smith is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Washington's 9th District.

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 he earned 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][6]

2011-2012

Smith served on the following House committee:[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 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Smith voted in opposition of 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

Yea3.png 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Smith voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Smith joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

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.[18] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[19] 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

Nay3.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.[20] 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.[21] Smith voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Yea3.png 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.[23] 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.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png 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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Smith has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png 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.[28]

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 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[29]

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

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

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 Liberal Populist. Smith received a score of 54 percent on social issues and 20 percent on economic issues.[31]

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[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31]

Elections

2014

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

Smith is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 9th District. The primary election will be held August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Endorsements

Smith has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • The Seattle Times[33]

2012

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

Smith won re-election in 2012.[34][35] 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.[36][37][38]

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
[39]

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.[48]

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.[49]

Adam Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[50]April 23, 2013$282,956.05$86,866.81$(79,434.05)$290,388.81
July Quarterly[51]July 15, 2013$290,388.81$197,205.00$(97,892.45)$389,701.36
October Quarterly[52]October 14, 2013$389,701.36$164,255.20$(74,456.67)$479,499.89
Year-end[53]January 31, 2014$479,499$65,737$(100,422)$444,814
April Quarterly[54]April 15, 2014$444,814.12$110,549.94$(84,854.49)$470,509.57
Running totals
$624,613.95$(437,059.66)

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.[55]

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.[56]

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 $199,010 to $510,000. That averages to $354,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Smith ranked as the 304th most wealthy representative in 2012.[57] Between 2004 and 2012, Smith‘s calculated net worth[58] increased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[59]

Adam Smith Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$305,688
2012$354,505
Growth from 2004 to 2012:16%
Average annual growth:2%[60]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[61]
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.

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 30, 2014.[62] This was the same rating Smith received in June 2013.[63]

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.[64]

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 779 of 12,073 roll call votes from January 1997 to July 2014. This amounts to 6.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.5% among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[65]

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 ranked 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.[66]

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 was one of three members who ranked 99th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[67]

2012

Smith was one of two members who ranked 135th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[68]

2011

Smith ranked 155th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[69]

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 Democratic Party 90.4 percent of the time, which ranked 153 among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[70]

2013

Smith voted with the Democratic Party 91.5 percent of the time, which ranked 148th among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[71]

Personal

Smith and his wife, Sara Bickle-Eldridge, have two children.[7]

Recent news

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See also

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," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 17, 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 Smith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  19. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Smith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 17, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on abortion," accessed October 17, 2013
  29. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  30. Buzzfeed, "Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban,” May 18, 2012
  31. 31.0 31.1 On The Issues, "Smith Vote Match," accessed July 6, 2014
  32. 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.
  33. Seattle Times, "Editorial: The Times recommends to return Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith to Congress," July 14, 2014
  34. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  35. Bellingham Herald, "2012 election field takes shape," June 13, 2011
  36. Washington Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings," accessed May 18, 2012
  37. Washington Secretary of State, "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," accessed May 17, 2012
  38. Associated Press, "Primary Results"
  39. Our Campaigns, "WA District 9 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  44. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  45. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  46. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  47. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Adam Smith," accessed April 5, 2013
  49. Federal Election Commission, "Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  50. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  51. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  52. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  53. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  54. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  55. Open Secrets, "Smith 2012 Campaign Contributions," accessed February 23, 2013
  56. Open Secrets, "Adam Smith 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 17, 2011
  57. OpenSecrets, "Smith, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  58. This figure represents the total 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).
  59. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  60. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  61. 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.
  62. GovTrack, "Adam Smith," accessed July 30, 2014
  63. GovTrack, "Adam Smith," accessed July 4, 2013
  64. OpenCongress, "Rep. Adam Smith," accessed July 30, 2014
  65. GovTrack, "Adam Smith," accessed July 30, 2014
  66. LegiStorm, "Adam Smith," accessed September 7, 2012
  67. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 30, 2014
  68. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  69. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  70. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  71. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Tate
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 9
1997-Present
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Preceded by
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Washington State Senate
1991-1996
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