Jason Smith (Missouri representative)

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Jason Smith
Jason T. Smith, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
U.S. House, Missouri District 8
In office
June 5, 2013-Present
Years in position 1
PredecessorJo Ann Emerson (R)
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 4, 2013
Cost per vote$16.24 in 2012
First electedNovember 2005
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalMissouri's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri House of Representatives, District 120
High schoolSalem High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri, Columbia
J.D.Oklahoma City University School of Law, 2004
Place of birthSaint Louis, MO
ProfessionAttorney/Real Estate Agent/Small Business, Owner
Jason T. Smith (b. June 16, 1980, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 8th Congressional District of Missouri.[1] Smith won the special election for Missouri's 8th Congressional District on June 4, 2013, replacing long time member Jo Ann Emerson.[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. He represented District 150 after winning a November 2005 special election. He served in that district until January 2013. From January 7, 2013, to June 2013, he served as District 120's representative. He also served as President Pro Tempore and previously served as Majority Whip.[5]

Smith is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Smith was raised in Salem, Missouri, where he attended Salem High School.[6] He graduated in three years with double majors from the University of Missouri, Columbia before earning his J.D. from Oklahoma City University in 2004.[7]

Smith was an attorney, real estate agent and small business owner.

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]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Smith serves on the following committees:[8][9]

  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Anti-Trust Law
    • Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power

Missouri House of Representatives


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


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


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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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.[11] For more information pertaining to Smith's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Smith voted in support 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.[13]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Smith voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.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.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1% 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 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Smith said he will defer his pay earned during the shutdown because "members of Congress are no better than anyone else."[20]

Voted "Yes" 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.[21] 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.[22] Smith voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

Voted "No" 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.[24] 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 against HR 2775.[25]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Smith voted in support of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[26][13]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Smith voted in support of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines. Smith co-sponsored the bill.[27][13]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Smith voted in support of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines. Smith co-sponsored the bill.[27][13]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Smith voted in support of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[13]

Issues while a state representative

"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 signed.

Smith signed the pledge.[28]



See also: Missouri's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Smith is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 8th District. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

On September 21, 2013, Smith announced he would donate the remaining $9,714.74 from his state congressional campaign to the Friends of the 8th Congressional District PAC, the committee used for his U.S. House campaign. The PAC was started in July.[29]


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.[30]

There was no primary election, instead each party's nomination was chosen by a committee. Smith was one of four GOP candidates who reportedly reached out to the committee in order to make a case for the party's nomination.[31]

Smith won the general election on June 4, 2013.[32][33]

U.S. House, Missouri District 8 Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason T. Smith 67.1% 42,141
     Democratic Steve Hodges 27.4% 17,207
     Libertarian Bill Slantz 1.5% 968
     Constitution Doug Enyart 3.6% 2,265
     Write-in Robert George 0.1% 75
     Write-in Thomas W. Brown 0.1% 85
     Write-in Wayne Byington 0% 25
     Write-in Theo Brown Sr. 0% 0
Total Votes 62,766
Source: Missouri Division of Elections "2013 Special Election Results"

On May 15, 2013, Smith announced an endorsement by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[34] 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."[34]

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.[35] Additionally, endorsements included 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.[34][35]


Republican nominee Smith, speaker pro tem in the Missouri House of Representatives, missed three-fifths of the Missouri House's votes in the 2013 legislative session, while his Democratic opponent and fellow state rep, Steve Hodges, missed about one-fifth of the votes.[36]

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.[36][37]

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.[36] "I can multi-task," Smith said. "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."[36]

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.[36] "Very, very rarely have I missed votes," Hodges said.[36]


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.[38][39]


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


On November 4, 2008, Jason Smith ran for District 150 of the Missouri House of Representatives, beating James Ellis.[40]

Jason Smith raised $57,690 for his campaign.[41]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $246,474 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.[42]

Jason Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri House of Representatives, District 120 Won $95,815
2010 Missouri House of Representatives, District 150 Won $52,432
2008 Missouri House of Representatives, District 150 Won $57,690
2006 Missouri House of Representatives, District 150 Won $40,537
Grand Total Raised $246,474


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.[43]

Jason Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]July 2, 2013 (amended)$0$309,606.05$(69,559.24)$240,046.81
July Quarterly[45]July 11, 2013$19,136.34$1,450.00$(5,147.45)$15,438.89
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2013$15,438.89$258,250.97$(114,900.43)$159,205.55
Year-End[47]January 31, 2014$159,205.55$139,875.03$(162,466.13)$136,614.45
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$136,614.45$108,980.03$(122,847.38)$122,747.10
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2013 special election.

In the race for the special election, Smith raised a total of $699,741 and spent $684,302, leaving the campaign with $15,439 cash on hand.[49] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[50]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $16.24 per vote received in 2013.


Smith won re-election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith raised a total of $95,815.
Missouri House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jason Smith's campaign in 2012
Sinquefield, Rex A.$5,000
Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists$4,000
Missouri Association of Realtors$3,250
Missouri Health Care Association$3,128
Total Raised in 2012$95,815
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Smith was up for re-election, he collected $52,432 in donations.[51]

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


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


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.[52]

Smith most often votes with:

Smith least often votes with:

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See also

External links


  1. St. Louis Dispatch Today, "Jason Smith sworn in as newest Missourian in Congress," June 5, 2013
  2. Politico, "Republican wins Missouri special election," 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," June 4, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Smith," accessed April 7, 2014
  6. U.S. House, "Jason Smith Biography," accessed June 21, 2013
  7. Roll Call, "Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo)," accessed June 21, 2013
  8. U.S. House, "Congressman Smith to Serve on Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees," June 12, 2013
  9. Farmington Press, "Rep. Smith named to key judiciary subcommittees," July 11, 2013
  10. "Follow the Money," "Last, First Name," accessed September 21, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Project Vote Smart, "Jason Smith's Political Summary," accessed September 12, 2013
  14. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  26. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," August 9, 2013
  28. Missouri Watchdog, "Minority of state lawmakers sign ‘no-new-taxes’ pledge," November 16, 2010
  29. Politic MO, "Jason Smith donates remainder of state campaign account to 8th District Republicans," September 21, 2013
  30. Washington Post, "Republicans nominate Jason Smith for Missouri special election," February 9, 2013
  31. Southeast Missourian, "House leader Smith, Lt. Gov. Kinder seek 8th District nomination," January 4, 2013
  32. Politico, "Republican wins Missouri special election," accessed June 4, 2013
  33. Missouri Secretary of State elections division, "Special Election 2013," accessed June 4, 2013
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 SE Missourian, "Major party 8th District candidates get endorsements from Nixon, Palin," accessed May 21, 2013
  35. 35.0 35.1 Daily Statesman, "8th District candidates collect endorsements for June election," accessed May 21, 2013
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 STL Today, "Running for Congress keeps 2 Missouri lawmakers from voting," accessed May 21, 2013
  37. KTTS, "Missouri Lawmakers Miss Votes While Vying For Congress," accessed May 21, 2013
  38. Missouri Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates"
  39. Missouri Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary results"
  40. Missouri House of Representatives, "Official election results for 2008"
  41. Follow the Money, "Report on Smith's 2008 campaign contributions"
  42. "Follow the Money," "Smith, Jason T.," accessed September 21, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Jason Smith for Congress Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Jason Smith for Congress April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Jason Smith for Congress July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Jason Smith for Congress October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Jason Smith for Congress Year End," accessed February 6, 2014
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Jason Smith for Congress April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  49. OpenSecrets, "2014 Race: Missouri District 8," accessed July 26, 2013
  50. OpenSecrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  51. 2010 Follow the Money, "Campaign contributions"
  52. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jason Smith," accessed July 29, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jo Ann Emerson (R)
U.S. House, Missouri District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 120
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 150
Succeeded by
Kent Hampton (R)