Chris Smith (New Jersey politician)

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Chris Smith (New Jersey politician)

American politician from New Jersey, member of the Republican Party , member of the 112th United States Congressadd

Category: Politics

Born in 1953.

Countries: United States (31%), China (23%), Vatican (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Donald Trump, United Nations, United States Senate

Linked to: Democratic Party, Republican Party, United States House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Steering and Policy Committee of the United States House of Representatives




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Chris Smith (New Jersey politician) was born in 1953 add something


In 1978, Smith, at 25 years old and working in a sporting goods store owned by his family, ran for Congress as a Republican. add something


Originally a Democrat, he switched parties and became a Republican in 1978. add something


But he won in 1980, when Mr. Thompson was convicted of bribery and conspiracy in the Abscam scandal and later served two years in prison. add something


In 1980, he ran again for a rematch. add something


In 1982, Smith faced a difficult race for re-election. add something


In 2000 he had the signal success of pushing to passage a bill combating sex trafficking around the world, including a provision opposed by the Clinton administration requiring yearly reports on each nation's record; Clinton signed it anyway. add something


In January 2001, Smith became chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee and there pushed for policies opposed by the Republican leadership—which resulted in his losing the chairmanship in January 2005, two years short of the normal six-year term. add something


In September 2001, the anthrax letters sent to New York and Washington, D.C. passed through the post office sorting facility in Hamilton Township, just east of Trenton, New Jersey . add something


In 2003 he successfully sponsored a law providing $81 million for centers in the U.S. and abroad to counsel victims of torture. add something


In 2003, a second Smith trafficking law—the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act—took effect and further strengthened his original law. add something


In early 2003, Smith called for making veterans benefits an entitlement—mandatory spending that would not have to go through Appropriations. add something


It was only the second rule defeated during Hastert's first four years as speaker, and Hastert called Smith into his office to scold him in January 2003. add something


In 2003, he voted for the Republican budget resolution that included a $1.8 billion increase in veterans spending, but in July 2003, appropriators did not include the money; Smith opposed that but disappointed Democrats by not voting against the vote sending the measure to the floor. add something


In July 2003, after a provision for $50 million for the United Nations Population Fund passed by one vote in committee, he led the fight against it and it was defeated on the floor 216–211. add something


In 2005, Smith was appointed chairman of the House International Relations Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Subcommittee. add something


Smith did not expect a challenge for the chair when Congress convened in 2005. add something


The station, which designs and builds aircraft carrier catapults and arresting gear, was slated to remain open when the Pentagon released its base closing recommendations in May 2005, though it was to lose 186 jobs. add something


Gay accepted an offer to replace him, and appeared an episode that first aired on October 12, 2006. add something


He was endorsed by the Brady Campaign in 2006 and 2008. add something


Since 2006, Smith has introduced versions of the Global Online Freedom Act to Congress, which is intended to prevent repressive governments from using Internet and information technologies purchased from US companies against their citizens. add something


In January 2006, President George W. Bush signed Smith’s third trafficking law—the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2005, which strengthens the nation’s current trafficking law, authorizes new funds for investigation and prosecution of domestic trafficking within the United States and to helps the young women and children who are most often the victims of human trafficking operations. add something


In July 2006, Smith voted to uphold President Bush's veto of legislation that promoted embryonic stem cell research and called for increased investment for cord blood and bone marrow stem cell research. add something


In 2008 he received a 28 from American Conservative Union. add something


In 2008, the Brady Campaign endorsed five Republicans for Congress. add something


Smith faced a challenge from Democrat Joshua M. Zeitz in 2008, who raised far more money than any of Smith's previous opponents. add something


He spoke at the annual March for Life rally in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2009, and 2010. add something


Smith has expressed support for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, an amendment to America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. add something


In 2011, he introduced HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill contained an exception for "forcible rape," which opponents criticized as potentially excluding drug-facilitated rape, date rape, and other forms of rape. add something


In May 2012, while holedup in the United States Embassy in Beijing, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng telephoned Smith to seek his advice. add something


In February 2013, Smith voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. The extension nonetheless passed in the House of Representatives by a large margin add something


On May 9, 2014, Smith introduced the bill Autism CARES Act of 2014, a bill that would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize research, surveillance, and education activities related to autism spectrum disorders conducted by various agencies within the United States Department of Health and Human Services add something


In February 2015, Smith stated, "I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and do not construe homosexual rights as human rights add something


On September 6, 2016 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ://chrissmith add something


Chris Smith has been silent on the 2017 U.S. president's ban on refugees add something


In August 2017, Smith was nominated by President Donald Trump to become a representative to the United Nations General Assembly add something


He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 5, 2017 add something


In 2018, Smith said that children would be better off in orphanages than getting adopted by LGBT families add something


The bill passed the House and Senate in December 2018 and was signed by President Donald Trump on January 8, 2019 add something


As of March 2019, Smith is the only Republican co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act add something


On May 9, 2019, Smith was one of only three Republicans who voted for HR 986, a measure supported by all voting House Democrats intended to maintain protections of those with pre-existing medical conditions to have continued access to affordable medical insurance under the existing provisions of the Affordable Care Act add something