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Rep. Adam Smith (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-8901

Address: 2264 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (425) 793-5180

Address: 15 South Grady Way, Renton WA 98057

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Armed Services (Ranking member)
Adam Smith Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Washington 9
  • Born: Jun. 15, 1965, Washington, DC
  • Home: Tacoma
  • Education:

    Fordham U., B.A. 1987, U. of WA, J.D. 1990

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1991–92; City prosecutor, 1992–95.

  • Political Career:

    WA Senate, 1990–96.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Sara); 2 children

Adam Smith, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is a thoughtful, pro-business moderate who isn’t shy about expressing his irritations with both political parties. He is the Armed Services Committee’s ranking Democrat, giving his state added clout on defense matters. Read More

Adam Smith, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is a thoughtful, pro-business moderate who isn’t shy about expressing his irritations with both political parties. He is the Armed Services Committee’s ranking Democrat, giving his state added clout on defense matters.

Smith grew up in the Sea-Tac area. His father, a baggage handler for United Airlines who was active in the Machinists Union, died when Smith was 17. The family went on welfare. Smith worked his way through Fordham University driving trucks for UPS, and then went to the University of Washington law school. He worked as a lawyer, and then as a Seattle prosecutor, handling drunk-driving and domestic-abuse cases. In 1990, at age 25, he was elected to the state Senate, beating an incumbent Republican by canvassing the district door-to-door.

In 1995, he decided to run against first-term U.S. Rep. Randy Tate, a Republican. The two had similar backgrounds. They were born in the same year to families of modest means, were first elected to office at young ages, and were firm believers in grassroots campaigning. But Tate was a religious conservative and a strong supporter of Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, while Smith campaigned as a moderate Democrat, supporting the death penalty and tougher penalties for criminals. He attacked Tate for his support of Gingrich and for backing cuts in Medicare. Tate attacked Smith for his opposition to assigning youthful offenders to adult courts and prisons and for voting for a tax increase in 1993. This was one of the closest races in the country. In the September all-party primary, Smith led 49%-48%. In November, he won 50%-47%.

In the House, Smith joined the New Democrat Coalition, established a moderate voting record, and showed a willingness to take on established interests in his party. In July 2012, he lamented “the hyper-partisanship that is making Congress so dysfunctional.” He voted to authorize military action in Iraq and sought to improve compensation and other quality-of-life benefits for military personnel. In 2004, he was one of four Democrats who opposed a provision in the USA Patriot Act to bar law enforcement access to library and bookstore records. He joined Republicans in 2011 in voting to extend several key expiring provisions of the controversial anti-terrorism law. He supported the House-passed health care overhaul in 2009, but remained neutral on the final version until the very end in March 2010, finally agreeing to back it after pleas from President Barack Obama and others. In opposing the New Year’s Day 2013 tax and spending deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” he accused Obama of “bad math” and of being unrealistic. “His insistence that we only tax the rich has put us in a box,” he told The Seattle Times.

On the Armed Services Committee, Smith rose quickly and earned praise for his work as chairman of two of its subcommittees. He also earned a seat on the Intelligence Committee, further bolstering his credentials on military and foreign affairs issues. When Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., lost his reelection bid in 2010, Smith jumped into the race to succeed Skelton on the panel. Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes of Texas was the early favorite for the job, and California Rep. Loretta Sanchez also got into the race. When the House Democratic Caucus voted, Sanchez and Smith tied at 64 votes apiece, while Reyes got 53. In a two-person runoff, Smith won by 11 votes. Skelton told National Journal in May 2011 that his successor “is a scholar, he is precise in his judgments, he is a very hard worker and knows the subject matters very, very well.” Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, a conservative with whom Smith has worked, said that Smith has helped make the committee less partisan since assuming the ranking minority member post.

Smith has generally supported the Obama administration’s defense and foreign policies, telling The New York Times in May 2012 that they were “pragmatic and practical.” He said Obama “could have done a better job” in working with Congress in the days before taking military action against Libya in March 2011 as part of a NATO coalition, but still backed the president’s strategy. He was involved in attempts to help the military adapt to automatic spending cuts that went into effect in 2013 after Obama and congressional Republicans failed to reach a budget accord. He introduced a bill calling for spending reductions to be split about evenly between defense and other domestic spending programs. He also has proposed that the Pentagon change the definition of spouse to include same-sex couples and for terrorists to be tried in civilian courts rather than by military commissions.

Smith’s independence has worked well for him back home, as he has won reelection easily. In 2008, he chaired Obama’s presidential campaign in Washington state. Post-2010 census redistricting gave him a district in 2012 that was almost three-fifths new to him but more Democratic that it was before, and he took 72% of the vote in November.

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Adam Smith Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Adam Smith (D)
Votes: 192,034
Percent: 71.62%
Jim Postma (R)
Votes: 76,105
Percent: 28.38%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Adam Smith (D)
Votes: 72,868
Percent: 61.16%
Jim Postma (R)
Votes: 27,616
Percent: 23.18%
Tom Cramer (D)
Votes: 8,376
Percent: 7.03%
John Orlinski (R)
Votes: 6,624
Percent: 5.56%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%), 2008 (65%), 2006 (66%), 2004 (63%), 2002 (59%), 2000 (62%), 1998 (65%), 1996 (50%)
Adam Smith Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 76 (L) : 24 (C) 69 (L) : 30 (C) 71 (L) : 29 (C)
Social 87 (L) : 7 (C) 72 (L) : 27 (C) 62 (L) : 37 (C)
Foreign 68 (L) : 32 (C) 69 (L) : 30 (C) 62 (L) : 37 (C)
Composite 78.0 (L) : 22.0 (C) 70.5 (L) : 29.5 (C) 65.3 (L) : 34.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9194
CFG2120
ITIC-82
NTU1415
20112012
COC38-
ACLU-84
ACU128
ADA7570
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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