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Adrian Michael Smith (born December 19, 1970) is the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in the Nebraska Legislature.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Smith was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and at a young age his family moved to a rural neighborhood south of Gering, Nebraska. After graduating from Gering High School in 1989, Smith attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln midway through his second year of college, graduating in 1993.[1] While a student at Nebraska, he interned in the Nebraska Governor’s Office and, later, served as a legislative page in the Nebraska Unicameral. He returned home to Gering after college, and, in 1994, he began serving as a member of the Gering City Council. Smith continues to live in Gering, Nebraska.

Smith has also worked in the private sector. He has been a realtor as well as a marketing specialist for the housing industry.

Nebraska legislature[edit]


In 1998, Smith defeated incumbent State Legislator Joyce Hillman 55%–45%.[2] In 2002, he won re-election to a second term unopposed.[3] Since Nebraska voters passed Initiative Measure 415 in 2001, he was term-limited.[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

He sat on the Natural Resources and Building Maintenance committees and was the vice chairperson of the Transportation and Telecommunications committee.[5] Smith served as Vice Chair of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and as Chairman of the Four State Legislative Conference in 2001.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Smith ran for the open seat in the 3rd District in the 2006 House elections. Three-term incumbent Tom Osborne gave up the seat to make an unsuccessful run for governor.

Smith won the Republican primary with 39% of the vote in a field of five candidates. He faced DemocratScott Kleeb, a ranch hand and Yale graduate, in the general election.

Approximately one-third of the funding of his campaign came from members of the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative group that supports tax cuts, limited government, school choice, and advocates eliminating all agricultural subsidies and the elimination of the US Department of Agriculture.[6]

For a time, Smith was presumed to be a prohibitive favorite in this overwhelmingly Republican district. The 3rd is one of the most Republican districts in the nation; presidential and statewide candidates routinely win it with 70 percent or more of the vote. The 3rd is extremely difficult to campaign in and has few unifying influences. It covers nearly 65,000 square miles (170,000 km2), two time zones, and 68.5 of Nebraska’s 93 counties (one of which, Cherry County, is larger than the entire state of Connecticut). However, Kleeb raised more money than any other Democrat had raised in the district in decades. Overall, the race was the most expensive in the district since it assumed its current configuration in 1963.

As the race become more competitive than expected, it received late national attention from the House campaign committees. [7][8]

President George W. Bush also made an appearance in the district two days before the election to campaign for Smith—a sign that the national party was very concerned about its chances in what had long been presumed to be a very safe Republican seat. [9]

In the end, Smith won by 10 percentage points, taking 55 percent of the vote to Kleeb's 45 percent. [10] This was the closest a Democrat had come to winning the district in 16 years; in 1990, Republican Bill Barrett only defeated fellow Unicameral member Sandra Scofield by 4,400 votes. Besides Bush's visit two days before the election, Smith likely rode the coattails of GovernorDave Heineman, who won many of the counties in the district with 80 percent or more of the vote in his bid for a full term.


Smith won the primary with 87% of the vote.[11] He won re-election to a second term, defeating Democrat Jay Stoddard 77%–23%.[12]


Smith won the primary with 88% of the vote.[13] He won re-election to a third term, defeating Democrat Rebekah Davis 70%–18%.[14]


He won the Republican primary with 82% of the vote.[15] He won re-election to a fourth term, defeating Democrat Mark Sullivan 74%–26%.[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]


  1. ^"Biographical Directory of United States Congress". SMITH, Adrian. Retrieved August 1, 2007. 
  2. ^"Our Campaigns - NE Legislature 48 Race - Nov 03, 1998". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  3. ^"Our Campaigns - NE Legislature 48 Race - Nov 05, 2002". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  4. ^"National Conference of State Legislatures". Term Limits in Nebraska: A Timeline. Archived from the original on November 29, 2005. Retrieved March 20, 2006. 
  5. ^"Nebraska Unicameral Legislature". Sen. Adrian M. Smith. Archived from the original on February 19, 2006. Retrieved March 15, 2006. 
  6. ^O'Hanlon, Kevin (October 16, 2006). "Moul gives Fortenberry run in fundraising". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved November 2, 2006. 
  7. ^Walton, Don (October 27, 2006). "GOP eye on 3rd District House race". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved November 10, 2006. 
  8. ^Levinson, Nathan (November 3, 2006). "Neb. Roundup: Bush Visit Points to GOP Vulnerability". New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2006. 
  9. ^Thompson, Jake; Robynn Tysver (November 5, 2006). "Bush rallies GOP faithful in Grand Island". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on April 22, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2006. 
  10. ^Hendee, David; Paul Hammel (November 9, 2006). "Another Smith going to Washington". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on April 22, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2006. 
  11. ^"Our Campaigns - NE District 3 - R Primary Race - May 13, 2008". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  12. ^Our Campaigns – NE – District 03 Race – November 4, 2008
  13. ^"Our Campaigns - NE District 03- R Primary Race - May 11, 2010". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  14. ^"Our Campaigns - NE - District 03 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  15. ^"Our Campaigns - NE District 3 - R Primary Race - May 15, 2012". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  16. ^"Our Campaigns - NE - District 03 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Retrieved June 9, 2016. 

External links[edit]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Smith.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Smith is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Smith has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Adrian Smith sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Smith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (27%)Taxation (18%)Environmental Protection (14%)Water Resources Development (14%)Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)Government Operations and Politics (9%)Transportation and Public Works (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Smith’s VoteVote Description
No H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
Feb 9, 2018. Passed 240/186.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Dec 2, 2015. Passed 359/64.
The Every Child Achieves Act is a bipartisan educational policy reform bill that would expand state responsibility over schools, provide grants to charter schools, and reduce the federal test-based accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill was referred to the ...
No H.R. 6: 21st Century Cures Act
Jul 10, 2015. Passed 344/77.
The 21st Century Cures Act is a bipartisan bill that would reform the current standards and appropriations for biomedical research, provide $1.75 billion annually for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $110 million for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This funding would end ...
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
No H.Res. 1704 (111th): Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon.
Dec 8, 2010. Passed 359/44.
Aye H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Jul 27, 2007. Passed 231/191.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Mar 2018, Smith missed 98 of 8,479 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2007 Jan-Mar21300.0%0th
2007 Apr-Jun39320.5%19th
2007 Jul-Sep31741.3%32nd
2007 Oct-Dec263114.2%66th
2008 Jan-Mar14910.7%9th
2008 Apr-Jun32100.0%0th
2008 Jul-Sep20542.0%43rd
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17400.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun30310.3%9th
2009 Jul-Sep26820.7%25th
2009 Oct-Dec24600.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar19531.5%31st
2010 Apr-Jun21931.4%28th
2010 Jul-Sep15100.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec9900.0%0th
2011 Jan-Mar21262.8%78th
2011 Apr-Jun28120.7%34th
2011 Jul-Sep24700.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec20810.5%18th
2012 Jan-Mar15110.7%24th
2012 Apr-Jun29900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep15210.7%32nd
2012 Nov-Dec5100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8922.2%58th
2013 Apr-Jun21594.2%74th
2013 Jul-Sep20010.5%26th
2013 Oct-Dec13710.7%30th
2014 Jan-Mar14810.7%23rd
2014 Apr-Jun21900.0%0th
2014 Jul-Sep14710.7%28th
2014 Nov-Dec4900.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar14421.4%41st
2015 Apr-Jun24400.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep13910.7%34th
2015 Oct-Dec17710.6%31st
2016 Jan-Mar13753.6%57th
2016 Apr-Jun20442.0%49th
2016 Jul-Sep23220.9%42nd
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20841.9%61st
2017 Apr-Jun13610.7%31st
2017 Jul-Sep19910.5%37th
2017 Oct-Dec1671911.4%94th
2018 Jan-Mar10311.0%29th

Primary Sources

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Adrian Smith is pronounced:

AY-dree-uhn // smith

The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:

LetterSounds As In
AY aysay
D dday
EE eemeet
I ipin
M mman
N nnot
R rrag
S ssit
TH ththin
UH uhcup

Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.


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