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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 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,171,980
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nebraska State Senate - District 48
1999–2007
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska
Personal
BirthdayDecember 19, 1970
Place of birthScottsbluff, Nebraska
ProfessionRealtor, Teacher
Net worth$153,505
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Adrian M. Smith (b. December 19, 1970, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska, representing its 3rd congressional district.

Smith won re-election in the 2012. [1] He defeated Democrat Mark Sullivan in the November general election and Bob Lingenfelter in the May 15, 2012 primary election.

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:

  • City council member: Gering, Nebraska[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Smith serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Smith served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

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 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.[6]

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

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Smith supported 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 "No" Smith 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.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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

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

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Smith supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[15]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Smith is reportedly considering a bid to succeed outgoing freshman U.S. Senator Mike Johanns in the 2014 elections.[17][18]

2012

See also: Nebraska's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Nebraska's 3rd District. He defeated Bob Lingenfelter in the May 15, 2012 primary election, [19] and Democrat Mark Sullivan in the November general election.[20]

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

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.[24]

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

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.[25]

Adrian Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]7/15/2013$627,791.47$100,616.76$(55,876.18)$6,752,532.05
July Quarterly[27]7/15/2013$672,532.05$125,309.69$(50,024.37)$747,817.37
Running totals
$225,926.45$(105,900.55)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
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 .[28]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $3.77 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
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.[29]
U.S. House, Nebraska, 2010 - Adrian Smith Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $943,619
Total Spent $972,220
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $54,170
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $54,493
Top contributors to Adrian Smith's campaign committee
Berkshire Hathaway$12,600
AFLAC Inc$10,000
AG Processing$10,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Agricultural Services/Products$58,850
Insurance$56,435
Health Professionals$53,677
Crop Production & Basic Processing$47,350
Commercial Banks$42,400

Analysis

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.[30]

Smith most often votes with:

Smith least often votes with:

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 June 18, 2013.[31]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Smith missed 44 of 5,229 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 0.8% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[32]

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.[33]

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 -$32,988 and $339,998. This averages to $153,505, which is a 53.48% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[34]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Smith's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $125,013 to $534,999. Averaging to a net worth of $330,006 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[35]

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, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Smith was ranked the 38th most conservative representative during 2012. This is the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Nebraska in 2012[36]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Adrian Smith was ranked the 97th most conservative representative during 2011. This is the most conservative ranking held by any of Nebraska's representatives.[37]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Adrian Smith voted with the Republican Party 100% of the time, which ranked 2nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[38]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Adrian + Smith + Nebraska + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Personal

Smith resides in Gering.[39]

External links


References

  1. Nebraska Secretary of State "2012 Primary Candidates List," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adrian Smith, Congress "About"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SMITH, Adrian, (1970 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. United States Congressman Adrian Smith, Serving the 3rd District of Nebraska "Committee & Caucuses"
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  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 Adrian Smith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 28, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Smith on agriculture", accessed September 28, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 28, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Adrian Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 28, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on abortion," accessed September 28, 2013
  17. Politico, "Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire," February 18, 2013
  18. Roll Call, "Heineman, Fortenberry Considering Senate Run in Nebraska, "February 18, 2013
  19. http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/canvass-report-2012-primary.pdf
  20. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Adrian Smith" Accessed May 16, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Smith 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  26. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  27. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  28. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Adrian Smith 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 13, 2011
  30. OpenCongress, "Adrian Smith," Accessed August 6, 2013
  31. Gov Track "Adrian Smith," Accessed June 18, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Adrian Smith" Accessed March 26, 2013
  33. LegiStorm, "Adrian Smith," Accessed October 8, 2012
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Adrian Smith (R-Neb), 2011," Accessed February 16, 2013
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Adrian Smith (R-Neb), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  36. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  39. United States Congressman Adrian Smith, Serving the 3rd District of Nebraska "About Adrian"
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Osborne
U.S. House of Representatives Nebraska, District 3
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
'
Nebraska State Senate - District 48
1999-2007
Succeeded by
John Harms