Jason Smith (Missouri representative)

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Jason Smith
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U.S. House, Missouri District 8
Incumbent
In office
June 5, 2013-Present
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJo Ann Emerson (R)
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 4, 2013
First electedNovember 2005
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Missouri House of Representatives, District 120
2005-2013
Education
J.D.Oklahoma City University School of Law, 2004
Personal
Birthday06/16/1980
Place of birthSaint Louis, MO
ProfessionAttorney/Real Estate Agent/Small Business, Owner
Jason T. Smith (b. June 16, 1980) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 8th Congressional District of Missouri.[1] Smith won the general election for Missouri's 8th congressional district on June 4, 2013.[2][3] He became one of the youngest serving members of Congress at 32 years old.[4]

Smith previously was a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 150 from winning a special election in November 2005 to January 2013, and District 120 from January 7, 2013 to June 2013. He also served as President Pro Tempore and previously served as Majority Whip.

Smith is an attorney, real estate agent, and small business owner. He earned his JD from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

He is a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Board, Cuba Chamber of Commerce, Grace Community Church, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri State Bar Association, National Rifle Association, Salem Area Community Betterment Association Board, Salem Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Salem Future Farmers of America Alumni Association.[5]

Issues

No New Taxes Pledge

In Missouri for 2011, a minority of lawmakers signed the "No New Taxes Pledge." Only four out of 34 state Senate members signed the pledge. Out of 163 state House members, only 35 lawmakers have signed.

Smith signed the pledge.[6]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Administration and Accounts
Ethics
Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
Joint Committee on Legislative Research

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

Elections

2013

See also: Missouri's 8th congressional district special election, 2013

Smith was selected by the Missouri Republican party to be their nominee in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 8th District. The election was held to replace Jo Ann Emerson. The general election date was June 4th.[7]

There was no primary election, instead each party's nomination was chosen by a committee. Smith was one of four GOP candidates who has reportedly reached out to the committee in order to make a case for the party's nomination.[8]

Smith won the general election on June 4, 2013.[9][10]

Endorsements

On May 15, 2013 Smith announced an endorsement by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[11] Palin's endorsement of Smith included a statement in which she said, "Jason has worked tirelessly to build on the foundation of his humble beginnings and is a responsible and respected leader in the Show Me State," Palin said in the release. "In Washington D.C., Jason will maintain that innate sense of his community and will bring his common sense conservatism to the halls of Congress. Jason recognizes that government is the problem, not the solution. He will protect our Second Amendment rights and work to promote a culture of life."[11]

Smith's campaign also announced endorsements from large business, right-to-life, farming and pro-gun organizations and groups, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Corn Growers Association, the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and Missouri Right to Life.[12] Additionally, endorsements include all of Missouri's current Republican members of Congress, including Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves and Billy Long, along with former 8th District representative Jo Ann Emerson and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Auditor Tom Schweich.[11][12]

Controversy

Republican nominee Smith, speaker pro tem in the Missouri House of Representatives, missed three-fifths of the Missouri House's votes before the final day of this year's legislative session, while his Democratic opponent and fellow state rep, Steve Hodges missed about one-fifth of the votes.[13]

Of 766 roll call votes taken from when the 2013 legislative session began in January through May, Smith missed 462 of those votes while Hodges missed 171.[13][14]

After winning the Republican nomination on February 9, Smith said he would remain as Missouri House speaker pro tem — the second-ranking position in the chamber — despite having to campaign for Congress.[13] "I can multi-task," Smith said then. "In case you haven't met me or know me very well, I can handle a lot at one time. I don't think it's going to be any problem whatsoever."[13]

Democrat Hodges acknowledged that he missed some votes — even while present during the session — but said there are explanations, such as having to step away from the House floor to deal with constituent concerns.[13] "Very, very rarely have I missed votes," Hodges said.[13]

2012

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith won re-election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 120. Smith ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[15][16]

2010

On November 2, 2010 Smith won election to the Missouri House of Representatives.

2008

On November 04, 2008, Jason Smith ran for District 150 of the Missouri House of Representatives, beating James Ellis. [17]

Jason Smith raised $57,690 for his campaign.[18]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 150
Candidates Votes Percent
Jason Smith (R) 10,589 70.0%
James Ellis (D) 4,544 30.0%

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, he collected $52,432 in donations.[19]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Rightchoice Managed Care $3,000
150Th Republican Legislative District Cmte $2,500
Missouri Association of Realtors $1,750
Missouri Health & Hospital Association $1,500

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Jason Smith's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Missouri Health Care Association $3,325
Republican Central CMTE of Dent County $2,000
Ameristar Casinos $1,650
150th Republican Legislative District CMTE $1,625
Missouri Association of Realtors $1,325

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References

  1. St. Louis Dispatch Today "Jason Smith sworn in as newest Missourian in Congress" Accessed June 6, 2013
  2. Politico "Republican wins Missouri special election" Accessed June 4, 2013
  3. Missouri Secretary of State elections division "Special Election 2013" Accessed June 4, 2013
  4. Roll Call "10 Things to Know About Jason Smith #MO08" Accessed June 7, 2013
  5. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Smith
  6. "Minority of state lawmakers sign ‘no-new-taxes’ pledge," Missouri Watchdog, November 16, 2010
  7. Washington Post "Republicans nominate Jason Smith for Missouri special election," February 9, 2013
  8. Southeast Missourian, "House leader Smith, Lt. Gov. Kinder seek 8th District nomination," January 4, 2013
  9. Politico "Republican wins Missouri special election" Accessed June 4, 2013
  10. Missouri Secretary of State elections division "Special Election 2013" Accessed June 4, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 SE Missourian "Major party 8th District candidates get endorsements from Nixon, Palin" Accessed May 21, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Daily Statesman "8th District candidates collect endorsements for June election" Accessed May 21, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 STL Today "Running for Congress keeps 2 Missouri lawmakers from voting" Accessed May 21, 2013
  14. KTTS "Missouri Lawmakers Miss Votes While Vying For Congress" Accessed May 21, 2013
  15. Missouri Secretary of State - 2012 Primary Candidates
  16. Missouri Secretary of State - Unofficial primary results
  17. Missouri House of Representatives official election results for 2008
  18. Follow the Money's report on Smith's 2008 campaign contributions
  19. 2010 campaign contributions
Political offices
Preceded by
Jo Ann Emerson (R)
U.S. House, Missouri District 8
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives District 120
2013–2013
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives District 150
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Kent Hampton (R)