Adrian M. Smith


Adrian M. Smith

Infobox_Congressman
name =Adrian Smith


date of birth= birth date and age|1970|12|19
place of birth= Scottsbluff, Nebraska
occupation= realtor, marketing specialist
alma_mater= University of Nebraska
residence= Gering, Nebraska
state = Nebraska
district = 3rd
term_start=January 4, 2007
preceded = Tom Osborne
succeeded = Incumbent
party = Republican
spouse = none
religion= Evangelical Christian

Adrian M. Smith (born December 19, 1970) is an American politician from the state of Nebraska. A member of the Republican Party, he represents Nebraska's 3rd district in the United States House of Representatives. He had formerly served as a state senator in the unicameral Nebraska Legislature.

Personal life

Smith was born in Gering, Nebraska, which is also where he currently lives. 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. [ cite web | title=Biographical Directory of United States Congress | work=SMITH, Adrian | url=http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=s001172| accessdate=August 1 | accessyear=2007 ] While a student in 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 has also worked in the private sector. He has been a realtor as well as a marketing specialist for the housing industry.

tate legislature

He was elected to the Nebraska legislature in 1998, representing the 48th legislative district, and reelected in 2002. He sat on the Natural Resources and Building Maintenance committees and was the vice chairperson of the Transportation and Telecommunications committee. [ cite web | title=Nebraska Unicameral Legislature | work=Sen. Adrian M. Smith |url=http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/senators/district48.htm| accessdate=March 15 | accessyear=2006 ] Smith served as Vice Chair of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and as Chairman of the Four State Legislative Conference in 2001.

Since Nebraska voters passed Initiative Measure 415 in 2001 limiting state senators to two terms after 2001, he was unable to run for reelection. [ cite web | title=National Conference of State Legislatures | work=Term Limits in Nebraska: A Timeline
url=http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legman/about/nebterm.htm| accessdate=March 20 | accessyear=2006
]

2006 Congressional campaign

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 Democrat Scott 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, an economic 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. [cite news
last = O'Hanlon
first = Kevin
coauthors =
title = Moul gives Fortenberry run in fundraising
work =
pages =
language =
publisher = Lincoln Journal Star
date=2006-10-16
url = http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2006/10/16/local/doc4533ab73adf39747239555.txt
accessdate = 2006-11-02
]

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 convert|65000|sqmi|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 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. [cite news
last = Walton
first = Don
coauthors =
title = GOP eye on 3rd District House race
publisher = Lincoln Journal Star
date=2006-10-27
url = http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2006/10/27/local/doc4542996be466f643696597.txt
accessdate = 2006-11-10
] [cite news
last = Levinson
first = Nathan
coauthors =
title = Neb. Roundup: Bush Visit Points to GOP Vulnerability
publisher = New York Times
date = 2006-11-03
url = http://www.nytimes.com/cq/2006/11/03/cq_1779.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1163170696-2DroFhNJip/i+w2pjk16LA
accessdate = 2006-11-10
]

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. [cite news
last = Thompson
first = Jake
coauthors = Robynn Tysver
title = Bush rallies GOP faithful in Grand Island
publisher = Omaha World-Herald
date = 2006-11-05
url = http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1673&u_sid=2274916
accessdate = 2006-11-10
]

In the end, Smith won by 10 percentage points, taking 55 percent of the vote to Kleeb's 45 percent. [cite news
last = Hendee
first = David
coauthors = Paul Hammel
title = Another Smith going to Washington
publisher = Omaha World-Herald
date = 2006-11-09
url = http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1673&u_sid=2277031
accessdate = 2006-11-10
] 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 Governor Dave Heineman, who won many of the counties in the district by margins of 80 percent or more of the vote in his own election bid.

In Congress

Smith currently sits on the Agriculture, Science and Technology, Natural Resources, and Budget committees. His predecessors, Virginia Smith, Bill Barrett and Osborne, were also members of the House Agriculture Committee during their tenures in Congress.

He was one of the most conservative members of the Nebraska legislature, and has been no less conservative while in the House. Not long after being sworn in, he joined the Republican Study Committee.

ee also

*Nebraska Legislature
*Gering, Nebraska

References

External links

* [http://adriansmith.house.gov/ Congressman Adrian Smith] official U.S. House website
* [http://www.joinadrian.com Adrian Smith for U.S. Congress] official campaign website
* [http://nethirddistrict.blogspot.com Smith Watch — Nebraska's 3rd District] — blog critical of Smith and his voting record


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