Smith is the representative for New Jersey’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 1981. Smith is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 70 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.
Christopher “Chris” Smith sits on the following committees:
Smith was the primary sponsor of 64 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1082 (117th): Sami’s Law
- H.R. 7829 (117th): United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2022
- H.R. 221 (116th): Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act
- H.R. 8438 (116th): Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020
- H.R. 3289 (116th): Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
- H.R. 1058 (116th): Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019
- H.R. 2200 (115th): Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018
Does 64 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:
International Affairs (40%) Health (21%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Taxation (6%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Smith recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 1688: To provide an emergency cost-of-living increase for social security beneficiaries, and for other …
- H.R. 1519: To provide justice for victims of foreign state misrepresentation to the World Health …
- H.Res. 175: Recognizing the rise of cardiovascular disease as the world’s leading cause of preventable …
- H.R. 1154: Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act of 2023
- H.R. 1103: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Certification Act
- H.R. 1056: To require the Comptroller General to conduct a study to assess certain environmental …
- H.R. 956: No Drilling in the North Atlantic Act of 2023
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1981 to Mar 2023, Smith missed 515 of 24,648 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with 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
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills