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Adrian Smith


Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) has served Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. He ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won 78% of the district vote in his very red state.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Smith served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1999–2007. He was also a long-serving member on the Gering City Council, his hometown in Nebraska.

In 2017, Smith attracted national headlines when he declined to answer a straightforward question about whether or not Americans have a right to a basic amount of food. During an interview, an NPR reporter asked, “Is every American entitled to eat?” Smith demurred and replied, “I think that we know that, given the necessity of nutrition, there could be a number of ways that we could address that.”

After the 2020 presidential election, Smith adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures. Beyond a single interview with the Omaha World Herald several months after the insurrection, he has refused to explain his views on the 2020 election. 

January 6, 2021

  • Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Smith joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election. In an interview with the Omaha World Herald, he said, “A mob of people does not impact how I vote.”
  • Smith voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol, and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. In a prepared statement, he said that a “snap impeachment… without a complete investigation sets a dangerous precedent. This vote may feel politically expedient to Democrats, but this is not the correct way to address the violence nor will it bring our country together.”
  • Smith also voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the assault that disrupted the certification process shortly after it began.

The Big Lie

  • On Dec. 10, 2020, Smith signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. 

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