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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Nebraska's 3rd district
January 3, 2007
|Member of the Nebraska Legislature|
from the 48th district
January 1999 - January 2007
Adrian Michael Smith
December 19, 1970
Scottsbluff, Nebraska, U.S.
Andrea McDaniel (m. 2014)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BA)
Adrian Michael Smith (born December 19, 1970) is the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in the Nebraska Legislature.
Smith was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and at a young age his family moved to a rural neighborhood south of Gering, Nebraska. After graduating from Gering High School in 1989, Smith attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln midway through his second year of college, graduating in 1993. While a student at Nebraska, he interned in the Nebraska Governor's Office and, later, served as a legislative page in the Nebraska Unicameral. He returned home to Gering after college, and, in 1994, he began serving as a member of the Gering City Council. Smith continues to live in Gering, Nebraska.
Smith has also worked in the private sector. He has been a realtor as well as a marketing specialist for the housing industry.
In 1998, Smith defeated incumbent State Legislator Joyce Hillman 55%-45%. In 2002, he won re-election to a second term unopposed. Since Nebraska voters passed Initiative Measure 415 in 2001, he was term-limited.
He sat on the Natural Resources and Building Maintenance committees and was the vice chairperson of the Transportation and Telecommunications committee. Smith served as Vice Chair of the Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee and as Chairman of the Four State Legislative Conference in 2001.
Approximately one-third of the funding of his campaign came from members of the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative group that supports tax cuts, limited government, school choice, and advocates eliminating all agricultural subsidies and the elimination of the US Department of Agriculture.
For a time, Smith was presumed to be a prohibitive favorite in this overwhelmingly Republican district. The 3rd is one of the most Republican districts in the nation; presidential and statewide candidates routinely win it with 70 percent or more of the vote. The 3rd is extremely difficult to campaign in and has few unifying influences. It covers nearly 65,000 square miles (170,000 km2), two time zones, and 68.5 of Nebraska's 93 counties (one of which, Cherry County, is larger than the entire state of Connecticut). However, Kleeb raised more money than any other Democrat had raised in the district in decades. Overall, the race was the most expensive in the district since it assumed its current configuration in 1963.
President George W. Bush also made an appearance in the district two days before the election to campaign for Smith--a sign that the national party was very concerned about its chances in what had long been presumed to be a very safe Republican seat. 
In the end, Smith won by 10 percentage points, taking 55 percent of the vote to Kleeb's 45 percent.  This was the closest a Democrat had come to winning the district in 16 years; in 1990, Republican Bill Barrett only defeated fellow Unicameral member Sandra Scofield by 4,400 votes. It was also only the third time a Democrat had come reasonably close to winning this district in its current configuration; besides Barrett's narrow win in 1990, Virginia D. Smith only won her first term by 737 votes in 1974.
Besides Bush's visit two days before the election, Smith likely rode the coattails of Governor Dave Heineman, who won many of the counties in the district with 80 percent or more of the vote in his bid for a full term.
He won the Republican primary with 68% of the vote. He won re-election to a fifth term, defeating Democrat Mark Sullivan for the second time 75%-25%.
He was unopposed in the Republican primary and won with 100% of the vote. He was unopposed in the general election and won re-election to a sixth term with 100% of the vote.
He won the Republican primary with 66% of the vote. He won re-election to a seventh term, defeating Democrat Paul Theobald 77%-23%.