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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6435

Address: 2241 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (308) 384-3900

Address: 1811 West Second Street, Grand Island NE 68803-5400

Scottsbluff NE

Phone: (308) 633-6333

Fax: (308) 633-6335

Address: 416 Valley View Drive, Scottsbluff NE 69361-1445

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Adrian Smith Biography
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  • Elected: 2006, 4th term.
  • District: Nebraska 3
  • Born: Dec. 19, 1970, Scottsbluff
  • Home: Gering
  • Education:

    U. of NE, B.S. 1993

  • Professional Career:

    Realtor, Buyer Realty, 1997-2006; Owner, My Other Garage, 2003-06.

  • Political Career:

    Gering City Council, 1994-98, NE Legislature, 1998-2006.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Single

Republican Adrian Smith, elected in 2006, is an unwavering conservative with a long record in public service who focuses intently on the rural issues important in his district. Read More

Republican Adrian Smith, elected in 2006, is an unwavering conservative with a long record in public service who focuses intently on the rural issues important in his district.

Smith hails from a politically active family; his father is a former county Republican chairman, and his mother is the state GOP secretary. But the most significant political influence in Smith’s life was President Ronald Reagan. When he was in fourth grade, Smith recalls, adults around him were weighing Reagan’s attributes against that of Democrat Jimmy Carter’s, and it sunk into the boy’s head that Reagan favored a strong defense. “It just made sense to me that we needed a strong military,” said Smith, whose congressional office is filled with portraits of the former president. In college, Smith served as an intern in the Nebraska governor’s office and as a page in the state’s unicameral legislature.

At 23, shortly after graduating from the University of Nebraska, he won election to the Gering City Council in his hometown. Four years later, he knocked off a Democratic incumbent to win the first of two terms in the legislature. There, Smith devoted his efforts to opposing abortion rights, protecting Nebraskans’ right to bear arms, fighting tax increases, and blocking efforts to expand casino gambling. He also worked as a real estate agent and owned a storage business.

In May 2005, two weeks after Rep. Tom Osborne, a Republican, announced his ultimately unsuccessful primary bid for governor, Smith joined the race for Osborne’s seat in Congress. The crowded Republican primary field included Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek and John Hanson, Osborne’s former district director. Smith championed tax incentives to attract new residents and encourage investment in the district. He also promised to expand global markets for Nebraska farmers.

Still, his opponents charged that he betrayed rural Nebraska by accepting more than $300,000 in contributions from members of the Club for Growth, a national anti-tax group that opposes farm subsidies. Smith supports caps on subsidies, which many of his farming constituents do not. He parried by touting his support from the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Smith ultimately won the nomination with 39% of the vote. Hanson finished second with 29%, while Vavricek got 27%.

In the general election, the Democrats fielded an unusually strong nominee: Yale-educated, cattle rancher Scott Kleeb. Kleeb called for changes in farm policy to emphasize niche markets, and he accused Smith of “distorting the truth” about the Club for Growth’s opposition to farm subsidies. Smith portrayed Kleeb as a political carpetbagger who grew up overseas on military bases and attended schools in Colorado and Connecticut before settling in Nebraska on a family-owned ranch. Kleeb was competitive financially and kept the race close in the polls. Still, Smith won 55%-45%. He has easily won reelection since then.

In Washington, Smith has been much more conservative than his Nebraska colleagues in the House, Lee Terry and Jeff Fortenberry. He is a member of the Tea Party Caucus, and he once answered a survey from the conservative Heritage Foundation about what makes him happy by responding, “Having the freedom to pursue opportunities relating to my faith while upholding the ideals of our Founding Fathers.”

Smith was rewarded for his party loyalty with a coveted assignment on the powerful Ways and Means Committee in 2011. With a focus on agriculture and trade issues, he sought to ensure that agriculture was part of the talks held by a U.S.-European Union working group that met to consider a U.S.-EU free trade agreement. He also was a leading voice in calling for repeal of the estate tax, which was eliminated for all but a few thousand wealthy taxpayers in the New Year’s Day 2013 budget compromise.

Smith stood by President George W. Bush as support for the war in Iraq waned, turning down the Democrats’ offer of billions of dollars in drought relief if he joined them in pushing timetables for withdrawing troops. As co-chairman of the Congressional Rural Caucus, Smith in 2009 pressured President Barack Obama to set up an Office of Rural Affairs, and he pushed to preserve federal grants for tiny airports. The same year, Smith got the House to pass his bill setting up a grant program to relieve veterinarian shortages.

Smith added to his workload in 2011 by teaching a course, “Running and Ruling: The Member’s Perspective,” at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

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Adrian Smith Election Results
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2012 General
Adrian Smith (R)
Votes: 187,423
Percent: 74.17%
Mark Sullivan (D)
Votes: 65,266
Percent: 25.83%
2012 Primary
Adrian Smith (R)
Votes: 62,645
Percent: 81.42%
Bob Lingenfelter (R)
Votes: 14,297
Percent: 18.58%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (70%), 2008 (77%), 2006 (55%)
Adrian 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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2013 2012 2011
Economic 32 (L) : 68 (C) 15 (L) : 81 (C) 37 (L) : 60 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 16.0 (L) : 84.0 (C) 13.3 (L) : 86.7 (C) 22.5 (L) : 77.5 (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
FRC9083
LCV611
CFG6869
ITIC-83
NTU7574
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ACLU-0
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ADA00
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Key House Votes

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