Adam (Adam) Smith (D-USH09)
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Room 2264 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4709

Residence: Bellevue, WA
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Sara Bickle-Eldridge   DOB: 6/15/1965
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Armed Services
Co-ChairUSO Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairCommercial Space Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance
FC MemberCongressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberAmerican Engagement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baseball Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
FC MemberOlder Americans Caucus
FC MemberHouse Central Africa Caucus
FC MemberAfrican Great Lakes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wireless Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Youth Drug Prevention Caucus
FC MemberTuberculosis Elimination Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Correctional Officers Caucus
FC MemberHouse Special Operations Forces (SOF) Caucus
FC MemberNorthwest Energy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Service Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
FC MemberDutch Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Waterways Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
FC MemberCongressional Georgia Caucus
FC MemberGoods Movement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Men's Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Aluminum Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Quality Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the European Union
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Tourette Syndrome
FC MemberCongressional Shellfish Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hearing Health Caucus
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Korea Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Neuroscience Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cyber Security Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus


Adam Smith was born on June 15, 1965, in Washington, D.C. Adam was raised in SeaTac, Washington where his father, Ben, worked as a ramp serviceman at SeaTac Airport and was active in the local Machinists' Union. His mother, Leila, stayed at home, raising Adam and his two brothers. Adam attended Bow Lake Elementary, Chinook Middle School, and Tyee High School, graduating from Tyee in 1983.

After a year at Western Washington University, Adam transferred to Fordham University, where he worked his way through college loading trucks for United Parcel Service and graduated in 1987 with a degree in Political Science. Following his graduation, Adam attended the University Of Washington School Of Law, and earned his law degree in 1990. He later worked in both private and public practice, first as a lawyer at Cromwell, Mendoza and Belur in 1992, and then as a prosecutor for the City of Seattle from 1993-1995. As a prosecutor, Adam focused on drunk driving and domestic violence cases, and in 1996, went on to work as a judge pro tempore.

During his final year at UW, Adam decided to run for the State Senate in the 33rd Legislative District, where he grew up. He campaigned door to door, eventually doorbelling the entire district twice and defeating the 16 year incumbent in the 1990 election. When he took office in January 1991, Adam was 25 years old and the youngest State Senator in the country. While in the State Senate, Adam served on the Education and Law and Justice Committees, and served as Chair of the Law and Justice Committee from 1993-1997. Despite the strong Republican tide in 1994, Adam was re-elected to the State Senate in 1994 and his victory helped the Democrats retain control of the State Senate by one seat. During his time in the State Senate, Adam developed a reputation for having a thoughtful and common sense approach to governance.

As our economy recovers from the Great Recession, it is clear that middle and working-class families no longer have access to the same opportunities that they did just a decade ago. A central driver of this "squeezing out" effect is income inequality, which is now as high as it's been since the 1930s. Adam's top priority is to encourage broad-based economic opportunity by ensuring all Americans have access to a high-quality education and job-training opportunities, building a stronger transportation infrastructure, reforming our tax code, and supporting social programs that provide a bridge for struggling families to get back to work. These efforts are necessary to restore the American Dream with a pathway to a middle class life for American families.

Adam also understands the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform. He has been a strong voice in Congress advocating for the House of Representatives to pass legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship. For too long our immigration system has been broken and it continues to rip families apart. Adam has also been leader in advocating for new legislation and policy changes to reform deportation and detention policies. Now in his 11th term, Adam serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is a strong advocate for our military personnel and their families. Adam is also committed to providing our military personnel with the best equipment available to carry out their current and future missions while ensuring that the Pentagon spends taxpayer dollars in the most efficient and effective manner. This includes carefully examining our current policies and working to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse. Having served on the on the House Armed Services Committee since 1997, Adam formerly chaired the subcommittee on Air and Land Forces (ALF), which has jurisdiction over all Army and nearly all Air Force acquisition programs. Prior to serving as Chair of ALF, Adam chaired the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, which oversees the United States Special Operations Forces and counter-terrorism policy, among other critical areas. Adam has also previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Given his current and previous committee assignments and extensive travel, Adam has unique insights into today's foremost national security issues throughout the Middle East, including the war in Afghanistan, as well as Northern Africa and our larger efforts to stop the spread of violent extremist groups and their ideology around the globe. Understanding the need for a holistic approach to national security, Adam recognizes the importance of poverty reduction, access to education, sustainable global markets, diplomatic engagement, good governance and other measures to enable our pursuit of stable international partners. As such, he has been a long-time advocate of strengthening American diplomacy and development as well as defense.

Congressman Smith sees a clear need to reform our foreign assistance and improve these two pillars of national security that have been under-resourced and underutilized for too long. He has supported efforts to reform American foreign assistance, introduced legislation to address global poverty, and created the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) with Congressman Ander Crenshaw.

In 1993, Adam married Spokane native, Sara Bickle-Eldridge, a graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law. Their daughter, Kendall Charlotte, was born in July 2000, followed by their son, Jack Evers, in June 2003. The Smiths live in Bellevue, where their children attend Issaquah Middle School and Issaquah High School, and participate in local sports leagues and school clubs. Both Adam and Sara are involved in their community and their children's schools, with their highlights being Adam's stint as a recreational soccer coach and Sara's two terms as PTA President.

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