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  On the trail: 15 facts about Jason Smith, 8th District GOP standard-bearer
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News DateMonday, February 18, 2013 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWhen Republicans picked House Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith to be the GOP nominee in the U.S. 8th congressional district special election, the most common reaction was surprise at the Salem native’s age.

One prime example came from Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post’s popular blog The Fix. The 36-year-old reporter tweeted after Smith captured the GOP nomination that “the next congressman from Missouri's 8th district is four years younger than me.”

Smith – who, of course, must win a June 4 special election actually to become the 8th District’s congressman – is young even by congressional standards. But he’s hardly a novice in Missouri politics, having first won elective office in 2005.

In the House, Smith methodically climbed the leadership ladder – eventually winning election this year as the second-highest GOP member of the Missouri House. And even though his selection won plaudits from some Democrats, he hasn’t been shy about going on the attack.
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