Smith is the representative for Washington’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 7, 1997. Smith is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 57 years old.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Smith.
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 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 from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 17, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Adam Smith sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Armed Services Ranking Member
Smith was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3680 (117th): Promoting Affordable Housing Near Transit Act
- H.R. 335 (117th): To provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular …
- H.R. 6395 (116th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021
- H.R. 6628 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4301 Northeast 4th Street in Renton, Washington, as the “James Marshall ‘Jimi’ Hendrix Post Office …
- H.R. 4401 (111th): To amend the Act of August 9, 1955, to modify a provision relating to leases involving certain Indian tribes.
- H.R. 2115 (107th): To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of …
Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Smith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (28%) Labor and Employment (21%) Health (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Immigration (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%) Families (5%) Environmental Protection (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Smith recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 1423: To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant …
- H.R. 1049: Protecting Airport Communities from Particle Emissions Act
- H.R. 1048: Aviation Noise and Emissions Mitigation Act
- H.R. 1047: Aviation-Impacted Communities Act
- H.Con.Res. 121 (117th): Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction …
- H.Res. 1512 (117th): Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to …
- H.Res. 1501 (117th): Expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption …
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1997 to Mar 2023, Smith missed 1,139 of 16,803 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||5||0||0.0%||0th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills