Smith was the representative for Washington’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 1995 to 1998.
Smith is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.
Smith was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
Does 1 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 sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (35%) Commerce (13%) Law (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Water Resources Development (7%) Taxation (7%)
Some of Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4548 (105th): To make a technical correction to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic ...
- H.R. 4220 (105th): Veterans Benefits Restoration Act of 1998
- H.R. 3987 (105th): Deer and Elk Protection Act
- H.R. 3861 (105th): Home Owners Military Equity Act of 1998
- H.R. 3543 (105th): To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit a ...
- H.R. 3299 (105th): Family Genetic Privacy and Protection Act
- H.R. 3019 (105th): Anti-Money Laundering and Paycheck Accountability Act
From Jan 1995 to Dec 1998, Smith missed 91 of 2,527 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills