Chris (Chris) Smith (R-04)

US Representative Chris Smith

Chris (Chris) Smith (R-04)
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Capitol: 202.225.3765
FAX: 202.225.7768
District: 609.585.7878
Room 2373 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3004
112 Village Center Drive
Freehold, NJ 07728
Residence:Robbinsville, NJ

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
Co-ChairVietnam Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Uganda Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Illegal Guns
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Poland
Co-ChairCongressional Children's Study Working Group
Co-ChairLyme Disease Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Refugee Caucus
Co-ChairFragile X Caucus
Co-ChairHydrocephalus Caucus
Co-ChairMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
Co-ChairTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights
Co-ChairAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
Co-ChairCongressional Spina Bifida Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Hong Kong Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Victims of Communism Caucus
ChairmanGlobal Internet Freedom Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Belarus Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Uyghur Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberDelaware River Basin Task Force
Co-ChairHungarian American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Israel Allies Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cuba Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Romania Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Colombia
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
MemberJoint Congressional-Executive Commission on China
FC MemberCongressional Scouting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Panama Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Caucus Religious Minorities in the Middle East
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberValues Action Team
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prayer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus


Elected in 1980, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton, N.J.) is currently in his 21st two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents of the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey. In 2019-2020's 116th Congress, Mr. Smith served as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and is Ranking Member of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee. He served as the Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Ranking Member of the bipartisan House/Senate/White House Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), serving as chairman twice, and also serves as "Special Representative" on Human Trafficking for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Previously, he served as Co-Chair and highest-ranking House member of the bipartisan House/Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) serving as chairman five times, and served as Chairman of the Veterans Committee (two terms), the Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Operations, and the Subcommittee on Africa. Committee and commission assignments in the 2021-2022's 117th Congress are yet to be finalized. Congressman Smith has long chaired a number of bipartisan congressional caucuses (working groups) including the Pro-life (37 years), Autism (21 years, co-founder), Alzheimer's (19 years, co-founder), Lyme Disease (15 years, co-founder), Spina Bifida (15 years), Human Trafficking (15 years, co-founder), Refugees (15 years), and Combating Anti-Semitism caucuses, and serves on caucuses on Bosnia, Uganda and Vietnam. According to the independent watchdog organization Govtrack, as of January1, 2021 Mr. Smith ranks second among all 435 Members of the House over the last two decades in the number of laws authored. According to the official website run by the Library of Congress, Rep. Smith has authored 47 laws. In 2019, his Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act (House of Representatives 2200 or HR 2200, now Public Law (PL) 115-425) was signed into law by the President in January 2019. The law authorized $430 million over four years for a comprehensive whole-of-government effort to fight sex and labor trafficking at home and abroad. Rep. Smith is the author of five of America's comprehensive anti-human trafficking laws, including the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA, PL 106-386), a groundbreaking law designed to prevent modern-day slavery, protect victims, and enhance civil and criminal penalties against traffickers. He is also the prime sponsor of the law that first reauthorized of the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Division B of his TVPA of 2000. In 2018, after two years of effort, Congressman Smith's Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act (PL 115-300) (HR 390), to ensure ISIS genocide victims in Iraq and Syria receive humanitarian relief and to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes, was enacted into law in December 2018. His bill, HR 6651, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Extension Act of 2018 (PL 115-305), a five-year extension of PEPFAR, was also signed into law that same day. In March of 2018, key provisions from Rep. Smith's Kevin and Avonte's Law (HR 4221) were signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, authorizing $10 million in funding over five years for the Missing Americans Alert Program which helps protect and locate children with Autism and elderly persons with Alzheimer's who wander. In February of 2018, a legislative provision from Rep. Smith's Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act, to give houses of worship fair access to disaster relief after a federal declaration, was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act. A lifelong New Jersey resident, Chris Smith was born in Rahway and grew up in Iselin. He lives in Hamilton with his wife Marie. He graduated the College of New Jersey with a degree in business administration and spent a semester abroad at Worcester College in England. Smith was Director of Institutional Sales at his family owned sporting goods company and served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1980    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Marie Hahn   DOB: 3/4/1953
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