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  Smith, Gordon
NameGordon Smith
Pendleton, Oregon , United States
Website [Link]
Born May 25, 1952 (68 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 17, 2015 05:08am
Tags Caucasian - Latter Day Saints (Mormon) -
InfoGordon Harold Smith

After being sworn in to the United States Senate on January 7, 1997, Gordon Smith has quickly earned a reputation as a statesman with an independent streak. Senate leaders have recognized Senator Smith's abilities and have continually asked him to serve in key leadership and committee positions. He has also become known for his ability to cross party lines in the interests of his constituents.

Smith serves on five major Senate committees: Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Energy and Natural Resources, Rules, Indian Affairs, and the powerful Finance Committee. He also serves on the Special Committee on Aging. In addition, he is a member of the Senate Western Water and Rural Health Caucuses as well as the High Tech Task Force. Smith is also co-chairman of the Senate Task Force on Medicare and Prescription Drugs and has been selected by leadership three times to be a Deputy Whip, a position that he currently holds.

Since coming to the Senate, Smith has focused on issues crucial to the future health and prosperity of Oregonians. Smith believes that every child deserves a quality education and has been a consistent supporter of programs that increase funds for students. He has also made solving Oregon's dropout problem one of his primary goals and has introduced legislation to create a pilot program that will hire guidance counselors to work with students at risk of dropping out. Senator Smith is also committed to improving access to healthcare. To accomplish this Smith has sponsored a number of initiatives that will increase flexibility for state programs like the Oregon Health Plan. He has also introduced a bill that will alleviate the nursing shortage by authorizing $40 million in grants for health care facilities to develop innovative nursing programs. Smith continues to push for federal funds that will help to meet the basic health care needs of the uninsured.

Senator Smith is also actively engaged in the many natural resource issues affecting the state and is recognized as an advocate for protecting Oregon's natural resources and the working families who depend on them for their livelihoods. Oregon has a long history of innovation in environmental policy that Smith continues to build upon. He has been working to strengthen and improve important policies such as the Oregon Forest Practices Act, the Beach Bill, the Oregon Plan for Salmon and the Oregon Resources Protections Act. He has also played a pivotal role in passing legislation that will protect Steens Mountain and Portland's Bull Run watershed for generations to come. Smith believes that Oregon's legacy of good stewardship and consensus-based decision making should be applied to many of the environmental issues under consideration by Congress.

Smith's foray into politics began in 1992, when he was elected to the Oregon State Senate. His colleagues recognized his leadership abilities by electing him Minority Leader, and then President of the State Senate during his first term in office. Upon his election to the United States Senate, Smith became the first U.S. Senator from eastern Oregon since 1938.

Born on May 25, 1952 in Pendleton, Oregon, Gordon Smith Graduated from Brigham Young University in 1976, and earned a law degree from Southwestern University in 1979. After working as an attorney in private practice, Smith assumed management of his family's frozen vegetable processing company, a position he held until his election to the U.S. Senate. Senator Smith and his wife Sharon have raised three children, Brittany, Garrett, and Morgan. They maintain homes in Pendleton and in Bethesda, Maryland.

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
08/18/2008-08/18/2008 Survey USA 38.00% ( 7.0) 56.00% ( 9.0) 6.00% ( 2.0)
05/16/2008-05/18/2008 Survey USA 45.00% ( 5.0) 47.00% ( 7.0) 8.00% ( 3.0)
04/11/2008-04/13/2008 Survey USA 50.00% ( 0.0) 40.00% ( 2.0) 11.00% ( 3.0)
03/14/2008-03/16/2008 Survey USA 50.00% ( 2.0) 42.00% ( 1.0) 8.00% ( 1.0)
02/15/2008-02/17/2008 Survey USA 48.00% ( 2.0) 43.00% ( 5.0) 9.00% ( 4.0)
12/13/2007-12/15/2007 Survey USA 50.00% ( 2.0) 38.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 3.0)
11/09/2007-11/11/2007 Survey USA 52.00% ( 3.0) 38.00% ( 4.0) 10.00% ( 1.0)
10/12/2007-10/14/2007 Survey USA 49.00% ( 1.0) 42.00% ( 0.0) 9.00% ( 1.0)
09/14/2007-09/16/2007 Survey USA 48.00% ( 2.0) 42.00% ( 2.0) 10.00% ( 1.0)
08/10/2007-08/12/2007 Survey USA 46.00% ( 2.0) 44.00% ( 1.0) 11.00% ( 2.0)

Title Purchase Contributor
Remembering Garrett : One Family's Battle with a Child's Depression  Purchase J.R. 

Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 20, 2007 04:00pm News Smith, Lieberman introduce domestic partners bill in Senate  Article Gerald Farinas 
Dec 18, 2007 10:00pm News Fire pours down on Sen. Smith for defense of Lott’s comments  Article The Sunset Provision 
Jul 24, 2007 11:00am News Sen. Smith doesn't support censure of Bush  Article The Sunset Provision 
May 07, 2007 01:00pm Blog Entry [Gordon] Smith Spills: GOP Sens Will Desert Bush by Sept. W/O Turnaround  Article WesternDem 
Mar 15, 2007 08:00pm News Second Republican suggests Gonzales should go  Article WesternDem 
Mar 06, 2007 11:20am News Smith defends Iraq views to GOP  Article The Sunset Provision 

Importance? 7.66670 Average

Mother Jessica Udall Smith 1918-2001
Grandfather Jesse Addison Udall 1893-1980
Great-Grandfather David King Udall 1851-1938
Grand Uncle John H. Udall 1889-1959
1st Cousin Once Removed Nicholas Udall 1913-2005
Grand Uncle Levi Stewart Udall 1891-1960
1st Cousin Once Removed Stewart L. Udall 1920-2010
2nd Cousin Tom Udall 1948-
1st Cousin Once Removed Morris K. "Mo" Udall 1922-1998
2nd Cousin Mark Udall 1950-
Brother Milan D. Smith Jr. 1942-

  11/04/2008 OR US Senate Lost 45.55% (-3.35%)
  05/20/2008 OR US Senate R Primary Won 85.93% (+71.86%)
  11/05/2002 OR US Senate Won 56.21% (+16.60%)
  05/21/2002 OR US Senate-R Primary Won 98.89% (+97.78%)
  11/05/1996 OR US Senate Won 49.82% (+3.90%)
  05/21/1996 OR US Senate R Primary Won 78.48% (+70.27%)
  01/30/1996 OR US Senate - Special Election Lost 46.26% (-1.52%)
  12/05/1995 OR US Senate - Special R Primary Won 63.01% (+37.88%)
  11/03/1992 OR State Senate 29 Won 58.31% (+16.61%)
  05/20/2014 OR US Senate - R Primary Lost 0.00% (-49.96%)
OR US President - R Primary - May 20, 2008 R John McCain
US President - R Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 R John McCain
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006 R Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 29, 2005 R John G. Roberts Jr.
OR State House 21 - Nov 05, 2002 R Billy Dalto
US Attorney General - Jan 20, 2001 R John Ashcroft
OR US Senate - Nov 03, 1998 R John Lim
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 I Sonia Sotomayor