Current Position: US Representative for MO District 8 since 2013
Jason Thomas Smith (born June 16, 1980) is an American businessman and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 8th congressional district, serving since 2013. The district comprises 30 counties, covering just under 20,000 square miles of southeastern and southern Missouri.
Before being elected to Congress, Smith served four full terms and one partial term in the Missouri House of Representatives, serving as the Majority Whip during the 96th Missouri General Assembly and as Speaker Pro Tem during the 97th Missouri General Assembly.
Ozark Radio News, – September 6, 2021
TEXAS COUNTY, MO – On Tuesday, August 31st, Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO) visited the WPH Ranch in Mountain View. He toured the farm, Airbnb cabin and event hall and spent time discussing the current challenges that cattlemen are facing.
“Nearly six decades and still going strong! WPH Ranch has been providing Missourians with everything from horses to beef and even cabins to rent for nature lovers. That’s why it’s important for the policies coming from Washington to empower ranchers like WPH so that they can continue their legacy for generations to come.
“Like so many of our small businesses, Monty and Georgia Williamson are concerned about the Biden administration’s plans to create a second death tax and make it difficult to pass their farm on to the next generation. I’m proud to sponsor legislation that will repeal the death tax in its entirety, and will keep fighting Washington overreach on behalf of family farms,” said Rep. Jason Smith.
Source: Government page
Jason Smith is a seventh-generation Missourian, a citizen-legislator, and a champion for the rights and values of rural Missourians.
Jason was raised in Salem, Missouri, where he still owns the same family farm that was started by his great grandfather. He attended Salem High School, where he was an active member of FFA. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jason earned degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. After receiving degrees from both programs in three years, he attended law school at Oklahoma City University before returning home to serve his community. Back home in Missouri Jason began running the family farm and practicing law. It was during this time that he recognized the harm that the overbearing government was inflicting on Missourians and our economy. This inspired Jason to run for office himself so he could begin to undo the damage.
Jason was elected to the Missouri General Assembly in a special election in 2005.
In the General Assembly, Jason fought to shrink the size of state government, eliminate burdensome rules and regulations, increase government transparency, protect property rights, require drug testing for welfare recipients, and defend Missouri agriculture. Thanks to his efforts, Jason’s colleagues selected him to serve in leadership: first as the Majority Whip and then as Speaker Pro Tem—one of the youngest in state history.
During a special election in June of 2013, Jason was elected to represent Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He was re-elected in November 2014.
As a member of the 115th Congress, Jason serves on the Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee. In Washington Jason has made a name for himself as a strong defender of rural Missouri and all of rural America. Jason is committed to fighting intrusive government regulations, increasing markets for farmers and ranchers, and protecting his constituents’ rural way of life. For the 115th Congress Smith was elected by his peers to serve as Conference Secretary. Jason will use this role as a platform to be a strong advocate for holding government and Washington accountable to the folks of Missouri.
Jason has earned 100% ratings from the American Conservative Union and the Chamber of Commerce; he is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, pro-life and supports traditional values.
Jason attends Grace Community Church in Salem.