Adam Smith, U.S. Representative for Washington

Adam Smith

U.S. Representative for Washington

David Adam Smith was born in June 1965 in Washington, D.C.  He grew up in SeaTac, Washington. He attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, transferring to Fordham University where he earned a BA in political science. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington, working his way through college by loading trucks for United Parcel Service. He entered the private practice of law.

He served two years as a prosecutor for the City of Seattle and worked temporarily as a pro tem judge. He was a member of the Washington State Senate for six years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He assumed office in January 1997.

Smith is married to Sara Bickle-Eldridge and they have two children. He is Episcopalian.

In the News…

Representative Adam Smith of Washington, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, warned that any notion of building a military force to rival China’s should be replaced with a strategy based on deterrence and dialogue in order to avoid a cold war.

“I’m worried as we look at our sort of war planning,” he said. “It runs the distinct risk of creating conflict where it doesn’t need to be. … We need to be really careful about stumbling into a cold war with China.”

He called for a deterrence approach that stresses alliances, partnerships, diplomacy, and direct dialogue with China to prevent an armed conflict that experts have warned about for decades.

He added, “President Biden doesn’t have any illusions about how bad China is, but we have to work with them as a major factor in the world. We need to embrace containment and deterrence. Be clear-eyed about China. All right. But understand that there are alternatives to dealing with that threat to all-out conflict.”

Contact this Leader…

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The Honorable Adam Smith
Representative for Washington
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


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