Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Five Times

The House does not conduct verbal roll call votes like the Senate (it would take waaayyy too long), but if it did, imagine the traffic jam when the clerk got to "Smith" on the roster. And our handy guide will make sure you've listed the right guy as a co-sponsor of your bill. — "Mr. Smith of Washington." That would be Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee. Adrian Smith, left, talks it over with some astronauts. (CQ Roll Call File Photo) — "Mr. Smith of Nebraska." That's Adrian Smith, the realtor in his fifth term. Christopher H. Smith. (CQ Roll Call File Photo) — "Mr. Smith of New Jersey." Meet Christopher H. Smith, longtime anti-abortion crusader and foreign policy wonk. Back in the day, he got dumped from his position heading the Veterans' Affairs Committee for being too sympathetic to veterans' issues. Jason Smith. His first name is pretty common, too. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) — "Mr. Smith of Missouri." That would be Jason Smith, the young 'un of the group who represents southeast Missouri. Lamar Smith. As a former journalist, he might know how to get through a scrum. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) — "Mr. Smith of Texas." Lamar Smith, that is. The chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, he's also a recovering journalist who used to report for the Christian Science Monitor. This same name game only plays out in the Senate now with Sens. Jack Reed and Harry Reid, with the sonorous sounding going out "Mr. Reed of Rhode Island. Mr. Reid of Nevada." It was only last year we had not just the Reed/Reid palaver but the Udalls, too. "Mr. Udall of Colorado. Mr. Udall of New Mexico." But that's all gone with Mark Udall's loss last year to now-Sen. Cory Gardner. The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.
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