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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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David Adam Smith, a Democrat, has represented the Ninth Congressional District of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Smith voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

He voted against President Bush's plan to "surge" U.S. troop levels in Iraq in early 2007, saying "After the meeting I considered the President’s argument and reviewed the available information, including the Iraq Study Group Report. In the end, even though I gave the President’s argument due consideration, I don’t find it persuasive. A troop surge is not the answer in Iraq." [1]

In 2007, Smith introduced a bill with Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) that would require a new vote on the mission in Iraq. In support of his bill, Smith said, "We must alter our Iraq mission to one acceptable to the American people, but in order to do that, we need military planners to begin planning the redeployment of our forces. Our bill would allow us to set a new mission, force the Defense Department to craft a plan to redeploy our troops, and require the President engage in vigorous diplomacy to help settle the Iraq crisis." [2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Positions on energy and the environment

Smith supports cleaner and better energy options, voting yes on the Clean Energy Act of 2007. [3]

Main article: CLEAN Energy Act of 2007

He was supported 100% by the Campaign for America's Future and was endorsed by the Sierra Club in 2006 [4]

Support for veterans

Smith has voted to support benefits to veterans and the building of medical facilities for veterans. [5] He supported the views of the Disabled American Veterans 100% of the time in 2004-2006, and received a grade of A- from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. [6]

Detainee treatment

He voted against the Military Commissions Act in 2006, which allowed the president to define and enforce all "non-grave" breaches of the Geneva Convention. [7]

Main article: Military Commissions Act of 2006


Smith is pro-choice and has been supported 100% of the time by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice. [8] He has voted to keep abortion legal and to prevent complex procedures from being required to get an abortion. [9]

Minimum wage

Smith has supported a raise in minimum wage and more support for low-income families and workers. He is supported by the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union as well as other interest groups supporting workers rights. [10]

In a recent speech after voting yes to raise the federal minimum wage, Smith said, "Millions of American families have had to get by on $5.15 an hour for the past decade. While I’m pleased that Washington state remains a national leader on this issue, it was important for the rest of the country to support workers with a higher federal minimum wage." [11]



Smith was born June 15, 1965, in Tacoma, Washington and raised in the Sea-Tac area. His father, who worked for United Airlines and was active in the Machinists' Union, died when Smith was 17.

Smith graduated from Fordham University in 1987 and completed a law degree at the University of Washington in 1990.

He married Sara Smith in 1993 and they have two kids, Kendall, born in 2000, and Jack, born in 2003.

Congressional Career

Smith served in the Washington state Senate from 1991 to 1996. He was just twenty-five years old at the time of his election, defeating an incumbent Republican to become the youngest State Senator in the country. He won his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 by defeating another incumbent Republican, religious conservative Randy Tate.

Smith won his fifth term in the election held on November 2, 2004. His "straight talk", "get the job done" communication style is credited as one reason for his success, gives him a relatively safe seat and positive future consideration for other state offices should he choose to pursue them.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Steven Charles Cofchin to face Smith in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [12] Smith retained his seat, winning 66.17% of the vote. [[13]]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Northrop Grumman$ 28,200
Boeing Co$ 21,250
Microsoft Corp$ 20,000
Puget Equico$ 15,099
United Parcel Service$ 15,000
Saltchuk Resources$ 11,500
Concur Technologies$ 11,200
AT&T Inc$ 11,000
Lockheed Martin$ 10,250
Abbott Laboratories$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Adam Smith
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Kent Drinking Driver Task Force
  • Co-Chair, New Democrat Coalition

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Highline Citizens for Schools
  • Board of Directors, Judson Park Nursing Home
  • Kent-Merrimar High School Site-Board Council
  • National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
  • Sentar Kiwanis Club
  • Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Adam Smith. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2402 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-8901 Fax: 202-225-5893
    Webform email
District offices
  • 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, Suite 106, Tacoma, WA 98402
    Ph: 253-896-3775 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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  • Adam Smith for Congress, PO Box 23626, Federal Way, WA 98093
    Ph: 253-572-6125 Fax: (none entered)

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Smith for Congress campaign website

Adam Smith for Congress
PO Box 23626
Federal Way, WA 98093

Fax: 253-572-6123

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