Adam Smith

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Adam Smith
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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 U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Washington. Smith represents Washington's 9th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1996. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Smith is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

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.[1][8] 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.[9][10][11]

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
[12]

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.[21]

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

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 .[22]

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.[23]

Analysis

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.[24]

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.[25]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Smith voted with the Democratic Party 88.6% of the time, which ranked 158 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[30]

Recent news

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Personal

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

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Gov Track "Adam Smith" Accessed April 11, 2012
  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.
  8. Bellingham Herald "2012 election field takes shape," June 13, 2011
  9. Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
  10. Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
  11. AP Primary Results
  12. Our Campaigns, "WA District 9 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Adam Smith," Accessed April 5, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Smith 2012 Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Adam Smith 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  24. GovTrack, "Adam Smith," Accessed April 11, 2013
  25. LegiStorm, "Adam Smith", Accessed September 7, 2012
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Smith (R-WA), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Adam Smith (D-Wash), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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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