Chris (Chris) H. Smith (R-USH04)
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Capitol: 202.225.3765
FAX: 202.225.7768
District: 609.585.7878
District FAX: 609.286.2630
Room 2373 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3004

Residence: Robbinsville, NJ
Elected: 1980    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Marie Hahn   DOB: 3/4/1953
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
ChairmanCongressional Uganda Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Poland
Co-ChairCongressional Children's Study Working Group
Co-ChairLyme Disease Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
Co-ChairCongressional Spina Bifida Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Hong Kong Caucus
ChairmanGlobal Internet Freedom Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Victims of Communism Caucus
Co-ChairAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Pediatric and Adult Hydrocephalus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
Co-Vice ChairTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Co-ChairCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Illegal Guns
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Vietnam
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberDelaware River Basin Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Cuba Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
Co-ChairJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Co-ChairJoint Congressional-Executive Commission on China
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus Religious Minorities in the Middle East
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Colombia
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Romania Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Panama Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Scouting Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Israel Allies Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prayer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Counties Representing
Mercer / Monmouth / Ocean


Elected in 1980, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton, N.J.) is currently in his 19th two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents of the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey. In the 115th Congress, Mr. Smith, 63, serves as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and is Chairman of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. He is Co-Chairman and the highest-ranking House member of both the bipartisan House/Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), and the bipartisan House/Senate/White House Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He also served as "Special Representative" on Human Trafficking for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Veterans Committee (two terms) and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Operations and the Subcommittee on Africa.

Congressman Smith has long chaired a number of bipartisan congressional caucuses (working groups) including the Pro-life (34 years), Autism (18 years, co-founder), Alzheimer's (16 years, co-founder), Lyme Disease (12 years, co-founder), Spina Bifida (12 years), Human Trafficking (12 years, co-founder), Refugees (12 years), and Combating Anti-Semitism caucuses, and serves on caucuses on Bosnia, Uganda and Vietnam.

According to the independent watchdog organization Govtrack, as of October 2016 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, Rep. Smith has authored 42 laws. In 2016, Congressman Smith's International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advance Notification of Traveling Sex Offender, (House of Representatives 515 or HR 515, now Public Law (PL) 114-119), was passed by both houses of Congress and enacted into law to protect children in the U.S. and around the world from convicted pedophiles who travel in or out of the United States unbeknownst to law enforcement officials. The law capped an eight-year effort to finally enact international notification legislation that draws on current federal and Megan's Laws in all 50 states that require public notice when a sex offender moves into a U.S. neighborhood. Mr. Smith is the author of the $265 million Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR 2820), which was signed into law as PL 114-104 on Dec. 18, 2015 and authorizes funding of $265 million for cord blood and stem cell research and treatment over five years. He wrote the first Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 (HR 2520, now PL 109-129) which established a nationwide program for ethical research and treatment using umbilical cord blood and bone marrow cells. That landmark law was reauthorized in September 2010 for another five years.

In 2014, Smith saw over five years of work come to fruition in the House and Senate passage and enactment of his groundbreaking the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (now PL 113-150) to help bring American children unlawfully taken out of the U.S. to foreign countries back home. Named after a Monmouth County father and son who had been kept illegally separated by a non-custodial parent. Final passage of HR 3212 was July 25, 2014.

Also in 2014, Smith saw his legislation, HR 4631, the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research and Education (CARES) Act (now PL 113-157) pass the House on June 24 2014 and the Senate on Aug. 1, 2014 and enacted into law. The bill funds $1.3 billion over five years for research into the causes of autism. In October 2011, Smith's bill, HR 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2011, was signed into law (PL PL112-32), a follow-up to his Autism Statistics, Surveillance, Research, and Epidemiology Act (ASSURE) of 2000 (HR 274).

Mr. Smith is also the author of more than a dozen enacted veterans laws to help those men and women who served in uniform, including the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act (PL 107-95) (HR 2716), the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 (PL 108-183), the Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2004 (PL 108-422) (HR 2297), the Veterans Survivor Benefits Improvements Act (PL 107-14) (801) and other veterans laws.

He is the author of America's three landmark anti-human trafficking laws including The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, (PL 106-386) a comprehensive law designed to prevent modern-day slavery, protect victims, and enhance civil and criminal penalties against traffickers, as well as more than a dozen veterans health, education and homeless benefits laws, and laws to boost embassy security, promote democracy, religious freedom and health care.

A lifelong New Jerseyan, Congressman Smith graduated from Trenton State College, (now The College of New Jersey) with a degree in business administration. Prior to being elected to Congress, he helped run a small business--his family's wholesale sporting goods corporation. He is also the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee.

The Congressman is married to his wife of 39 years, Marie, and they have four grown children.

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