Jason Smith

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

Congressman Jason Smith Talks with the Next Generation of Leaders

2017/10/20

SUCCESS, MO – Congressman Jason Smith stopped in Texas County on Wednesday, October 18, to talk with Success School students. Smith was greeted by a warm welcome and took questions from the students.

 

In addition to being asked about what it was like to be a Member of Congress, one student asked the Congressman why he would care about visiting such a small school.

 

“I grew up going to a school just like this, and I want all of you to know that you are just as important as the kids who go to bigger schools,” said Congressman Smith. “I am proof that you can grow up to be whoever you want to be.”

 

When asked to give the students advice, Smith shared his three H’s to live by, “Be hungry for what you want, be humble and be honest.”

 

Smith also discussed the importance of local control of schools.

 

“Missouri educators are the best people to make curriculum decisions for Missouri students. We don’t need the federal government stepping in at every turn,” said Congressman Smith. 

 

The stop at Success R-VII was one of many the Congressman planned for his week at home in Missouri. Smith visited a total of 15 counties before returning to Washington to continue his work fighting for a fairer, flatter tax code for Missourians, stopping regulations from government bureaucrats and reducing the overall size and scope of the federal government.

 

“It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area,” said Congressman Smith. “Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the folks of southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.”

 

Before leaving, the 3rd graders gave Congressman Smith pictures they colored of the Missouri State Flag.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith Meets with Rolla Regional Economic Commission

2017/10/20

ROLLA, MO – Today, Congressman Jason Smith was in Phelps County to meet with the Rolla Regional Economic Commission at their monthly public meeting. During the hour-long conversation, Smith and attendees discussed tax reform, healthcare and the national debt.

 

“It is ridiculous that Americans are spending more than 250 billion dollars a year just to figure out how much money they owe the IRS,” said Congressman Smith. “I have talked with thousands of people across southeast and south central Missouri, and within the last year, whether these people are farmers, stay at home moms or small business owners, I have heard more and more about the need for tax reform.”

 

Smith is the only member of the Missouri Congressional Delegation on the Ways and Means Committee, which is the committee in charge of rewriting the U.S. Tax Code. Smith reflected on his conversations with President Trump and discussed the President’s recent trip to Springfield to talk tax reform with Missourians. 

 

“President Trump and I have a great relationship. We are both tired of business as usual in Washington, and are working day in and day out to make sure we deliver on real tax cuts that helps families and puts money back in Missourians’ pockets,” said Congressman Smith. 

 

Smith was also asked about the potential for Obamacare to be repealed and replaced.

 

“The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the repeal and replace legislation President Trump asked for and sent it to the Senate months ago,” said Congressman Smith. “In fact, just last week, President Trump got tired of waiting on the Senate and took action himself to advance healthcare policies that I've pushed for and that have already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

 

President Trump’s action builds on Smith’s efforts to create more choice and more competition, end unconstitutional bailouts for insurance companies, allow folks to buy insurance across state lines and band together with other hardworking Missourians to bring down the cost of care for their families.

 

Finally, Smith discussed out of control spending in Washington and what he’s doing to address the nation’s debt.

 

“We passed a budget with the biggest cuts to mandatory spending in 20 years,” said Congressman Smith. “One way we were able to do this is by implementing work requirements for welfare that returns dignity to a hard day’s work while ensuring that the most vulnerable among us continue to have their needs met.”

 

The stop in Rolla is one of many the Congressman had planned for his week at home in Missouri. Smith plans to visit a total of 15 counties before returning to Washington to continue his work fighting for a fairer, flatter tax code for Missourians, repealing and replacing Obamacare, stopping expensive regulations authored by government bureaucrats and reducing the overall size and scope of the federal government.

 

“It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area,” said Congressman Smith. “Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the folks of southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.”

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith Works to Keep Iron County Medical Center Doors Open

2017/10/20

PILOT KNOB, MO – Congressman Jason Smith stopped in Iron County on Tuesday, October 17, to meet with the Iron County Medical Center. Smith saw updates to the 15-bed facility and met with hospital leadership.

 

After hearing details of the hospitals financial needs, Smith recently met with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to evaluate and discuss what steps could be taken to help the hospital remain open. 

 

“Critical access hospitals like the one we have in Iron County provide medical care to people who would otherwise be forced to travel long distances to find the immediate help they need,” said Congressman Smith. “Through our work with CMS and USDA, we were able to help the hospital revise their agreements with both agencies and provide the necessary relief to help the hospital get on a path to long term financial viability,” continued Smith. “I am glad I was able to help them get their costs down and keep their doors open to the folks in southeast and south central Missouri who rely on Iron County Medical Center for care.”

 

Smith opposes additional federal regulations of critical access hospitals that require physicians to oversee everything from bandaging to prescription administration, care that other qualified medical professionals are more than capable of providing.

 

“Whether it’s putting on a Band-Aid or giving a shot, the federal government wants doctors to directly supervise and document every move their team of healthcare providers make,” said Congressman Smith. “The bottom line is these doctors should be free to care for their patients, not spend all of their time and resources complying with government mandates.”

  

The stop in Iron County was one of many the Congressman planned for his week at home in Missouri. Smith visited a total of 15 counties before returning to Washington to continue fighting for a full repeal of Obamacare, creating a fairer, flatter tax code for Missourians, and reducing the overall size and scope of the federal government.

 

“It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area,” said Congressman Smith. “Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the folks of southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.”

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Stalled in the Senate

2017/10/20

It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area. This week, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to more than half of the counties in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, and have met with everyone from parents, teachers and students, to doctors, farmers, local small business owners and community leaders. During my travels this week, the folks I visited with consistently told me they were frustrated with Washington. “Why is Congress failing to act on President Trump’s agenda?” The truth is, I join you in your frustration.
 
As a matter of fact, since January, the House of Representatives has passed 362 bills which is almost 100 more than the average under the last four Presidential Administrations. We have passed legislation that will reduce regulations, bring back healthcare choice and competition, cut spending, increase local control and ensure America’s energy-independence. Plus, let’s not forget that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Obamacare repeal and replace legislation President Trump asked for and sent it to the Senate months ago. We are delivering for our President and the American people. But the Senate has yet to do the same.
 
Obstructionists in the Senate need to realize that our President isn’t going to put up with business as usual in Washington – he expects results. Sadly, Senate Obstructionists aren’t just left-wing liberals. They are “Republicans” who have never supported our President and find it more politically beneficial to obstruct than to deliver results for the American people.
 
Because of the Senate slow-down, President Trump has only had the chance to sign 64 bills into law. He is ready to take action on much, much more. Of the 362 bills we have passed, 286 are now stuck in the Senate. President Trump is also struggling with a Senate slow-down on confirming people who have been nominated to serve in his Administration. At the same time during Obama’s first year in office, the Senate had confirmed 359 of his nominees. Unfortunately for President Trump, the Senate has only acted to confirm 172 of his nominees. I agree with President Trump – the Senate should change the rules and allow a simple majority to get things done.
 
In fact, just last week, President Trump got tired of waiting on the Senate and took action to advance healthcare policies I've pushed for and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. His Presidential actions are creating more choices and more competition - ending unconstitutional bailouts for insurance companies, allowing folks to buy insurance across state lines and band together with other hardworking Missourians to bring down the cost of care for their families.
 
This week, President Trump met with several Senators and urged them to come together for a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to fix the U.S. Tax Code and give Americans a long overdue pay raise saying, “We're going to restore America’s competitive edge, rebuild America’s middle class, and renew the promise of the American Dream.”
 
It’s time for the Senate to do their job. We have got to get legislation moving again in Washington and deliver real results for folks back home. Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the people in southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.

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U.S. Rep. Smith’s Proposal to Stop “Sue & Settle” Adopted by the EPA

2017/10/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced they will enact the position outlined in Congressman Jason Smith’s taxpayer protection legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in September. The policy would prevent radical liberal groups from taking Missourians’ tax dollars and imposing burdensome government regulations.
 
“There was a massive loophole called ‘sue and settle’ that has been hurting Missourians for years, and I’m glad the EPA has joined me in stopping this harmful practice,” said Congressman Smith.
 
The wasteful “sue and settle” process occurs when a federal agency accepts a lawsuit from an outside advocacy organization and then, rather than defend itself, the agency settles the lawsuit out of court in a closed-door agreement.
 
“Sue and settle” agreements usually involve the U.S. taxpayer paying attorney fees for the radical organization. Between 2009 and 2012, these lawsuits resulted in more than 100 new regulations and tens of millions of tax dollars spent on compliance costs.
 
Under the Obama Administration, there were almost twice as many settlements as there were during both President Bush and President Clinton’s Administrations combined.
 
In his announcement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, “The days of regulation through litigation are over. We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.”
 
Like Smith’s legislation, the EPA’s directive removes the incentive for outside groups to sue the federal government by barring the federal government from paying the attorney’s fees in any environmental law case arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, or the Endangered Species Act.
 
Congressman Smith has a track record of success in fighting against the sue and settle practice. In March, Smith introduced the Stop Taxpayer Funded Settlements Act with seven cosponsors. This legislation was attached to the Interior Appropriations Bill and approved by a bipartisan majority. The bill passed on September 14, 2017.
 
“It’s wrong for Washington to leave the ‘sue and settle’ loophole open and waste Missourians hard-earned money paying attorney fees for radical environmentalist groups and other radical, left wing organizations,” said Congressman Smith. “I’m proud that my legislation to fix this problem was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and that the EPA is following suit with closing this harmful loophole.”

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The Power of Prayer

2017/10/13

Whenever I am working in Washington, my fellow Republicans and I open our weekly meetings with prayer before declaring our allegiance to the American Flag. This time of reflection sets our intentions and reminds us that we are truly “one nation under God.” Opening with prayer is a long-held practice in our great nation. In fact, Benjamin Franklin began the Constitutional Convention by reminding his fellow founders to bow their heads in prayer.
 
In 1776, when crafting the United States Constitution, our founding fathers declared that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But 241 years later, California Atheist, Dan Barker, tried to challenge our freedom of religion and stop prayer from happening in the U.S. House of Representatives. Barker sued the United States House of Representatives Chaplin, Patrick Conroy, for allowing prayer in the halls of Congress saying that it “violated his constitutional rights.” Fortunately, the court ruled on the side of Chaplin Conroy, prayer and American’s freedom of religion.
 
Growing up as a preacher’s kid, prayer has always been an essential part of my everyday life. We started and ended our days thanking the Lord, and my parents taught me how to seek Him in times of trouble and times of joy. Being raised with these values and faith has made me the person I am today and has helped me through many tough times.
 
Earlier this summer, my dear friend Steve Scalise was shot by an attacker who was targeting Republicans as they practiced for a charity baseball game. After several surgeries and months of rehabilitation, Steve returned to work a couple of weeks ago, and we heard him talk about the power of prayer from the floor of the People’s House. Steve said, “I saw real miracles happen on that ball field… There’s a lot of reasons why I shouldn’t be here, but I am. I think it’s through direct miracles from God.”
 
Freedom to express your religion and your beliefs is one of the core values on which our country was founded. Last week, President Trump reversed Obama’s mandate that forced religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor and Christian-owned businesses like Hobby Lobby to pay for something that their religion fundamentally does not believe in – birth control. Forcing people who have sincerely held religious and moral objections to cover the cost of contraceptive drugs was a blatant violation of our First Amendment rights.
 
On Friday, President Trump said, “America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened and sustained by the power of prayer.” We live in a world where I think we could all use a little more prayer in our lives. I take time each day to pray for my family, my friends, our country, our first responders, our brave men and women in uniform fighting to keep us safe, and for all of you. I feel blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to express our beliefs – a country where our founding fathers knew the importance of prayer and where today’s leaders are committed to upholding those values.

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Protecting the Unborn’s Right to Life

2017/10/06

Forty-four years have passed since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, and as a result more than 59 million innocent lives have tragically been lost. To put that into perspective, that would be like aborting every baby born in the United States since 2002. Every representative, every physician and every American must be reminded that at the center of our Pro-Life struggle is the protection of innocent lives.
 
Life is precious. Just this week, we were reminded of the fragility of life yet again, when a crazed individual murdered 59 people and injured hundreds more in Las Vegas.  
 
I believe that life for everyone begins at conception, and we must do everything we can to protect those unborn. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives, with my support, advanced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  This bill was inspired by a little boy named Micah. Micah was born prematurely at just 20 weeks. He is now a thriving, healthy five-year-old. Micah is living proof that children born as young as 20 weeks have the potential to grow up and live completely normal lives. "Micah's Law" will close the loophole in current law which allows these children to be aborted.
 
At 20 weeks, babies can feel pain, respond to voices and even hear music. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act ensures that any healthcare provider who breaks this law and preforms an abortion after 20 weeks will be punished, and allows them to be fined and imprisoned.
 
This bill is a step in the right direction to save innocent lives. In addition to supporting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, I have voted repeatedly and consistently to defund planned parenthood and make sure that no taxpayer funds are used for abortions.
 
Instead, I have supported pregnancy resource centers like Birthright in Cape Girardeau who protect innocent lives and provide critical resources to mothers and families. I have spent time with them, and I can tell you first hand that they are putting taxpayer dollars to good use and using them to protect unborn babies’ right to life.
 
I have never wavered from my firm belief that life is precious and must be protected. I share this belief with President Trump and am proud to work along-side him to advance some of the pro-life goals he has outlined. Our President is committed to lead in the fight for life and advancing policies that make America a place where unborn children and their mothers are treated with compassion and justice. He has proved this commitment when he nominated Justice in Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and by signaling his support for "Micah’s Law." I am proud to stand with the millions across the country who want to protect the unborn’s right to life and will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to recognize the value of life at all stages.

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Family Focused Tax Reform

2017/09/29

On Wednesday, President Trump stood before a huge crowd of people in Indianapolis, Indiana and laid out the details on how he planned to reduce the tax burden on American businesses, families, farmers and workers - giving Americans one of the largest pay increases a president has ever proposed. At that same time 592 miles away ‎in Washington, Members of the House of Representatives were gathered at the National Defense University to discuss the specific rate reductions and simplifications to the tax code, making it possible to simultaneously increase take home pay for workers, while also allowing all Americans to file their taxes on a single post card sized piece of paper.
 
Later on Wednesday, I was also able to sit down with the President's daughter, Ivanka Trump, in my office to discuss how we could work together to change the tax code to reward working families, not punish them.
 
Beyond reducing rates, reigning in the IRS and simplifying over 70,000 pages of tax code jargon - tax reform ‎should change our code so that it no longer punishes the celebration of getting married and starting one’s family. Today, millions of Americans are forced to choose between getting up and going to work each day, or staying at home in order to care for an infant or child. It shouldn't be that way. A father or mother shouldn't have to pick between one of those two choices. Our tax code can be used to help and reward those who want to do both - who want to continue to go to work each day, but also start and grow their family.
 
Parents in southeast and south central Missouri wear more than one hat. That’s why our tax reform needs to not only help your small business or your farm, but also your family. You work daily to provide for your community and for your kids. Whether you drive a truck, teach school, milk cows, grow soybeans or run a business that hires local folks, we are writing a tax code that will help create more Missouri jobs and bring more money home to your family.
 
Things like the child tax credit, with the right modifications, can be used to help middle class working families. Starting one’s family shouldn't also force them into a decision between groceries or day care, between work or staying at home. It should be a joyous celebration of life, not an additional stress because of an antiquated tax code.  By updating our tax code to reflect the fact that more and more families are ‎desiring to send both parents into the workforce, we can better ensure that starting a family isn't also a catalyst for a new mother or father to leave the workforce.
 
When you’re not overwhelmed by a complicated and expensive tax code, it gives you more time with your family and more money to pay for things like Halloween costumes and football practice. Missouri families deserve not only a pay raise, but also enough financial flexibility to make a family budget that allows to save for bigger things like a family vacation, kids going to college and even retirement.
 
Ivanka and I agree, working two jobs and raising a family at the same time should be rewarded, not punished. Our tax code shouldn’t make people choose between going to work every day so you can keep the lights on or staying home with your kids because you can’t afford childcare. Together we are fighting for a fairer, flatter tax code that will reward the joys of starting a family while at the same time give all Americans a well-deserved pay raise.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith Speaks to Texas County Farm Bureau

2017/09/22

HOUSTON, MO – Congressman Jason Smith spoke to the Texas County Farm Bureau this week where they discussed his focus on farms, plans for tax reform and his work with President Trump and Vice President Pence.

 

Smith spent the entire month of August visiting locally owned farms and agribusinesses across southeast and south central Missouri, many of whom were concerned about burdensome regulations and our country’s complicated tax code.

 

“Within the last year, I have had the honor of working with the Trump Administration to repeal more than $36 billion dollars’ worth of Obama-era regulations,” said Congressman Smith. “One of our biggest successes was rescinding the Waters of the United States regulation, which sought to federally regulate every drop of water on Missouri farmers’ land.”

 

Smith also talked about his work on tax reform.

 

“As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I am fighting for a fairer, flatter tax code that will allow families to run their small businesses without being taxed left and right by bureaucrats in Washington,” said Congressman Smith. 

 

“President Trump and Vice President Pence are ready to see this happen. In fact, I had dinner with the Vice President just last week, and we talked about tax reform that makes America competitive again and gives hard working families across Missouri and the U.S. a long overdue pay raise,” said Congressman Smith.

 

Small businesses create approximately half of all jobs in the United States; however, their tax rates are as high as 44.6%. Due to the complexities of the tax code, American businesses spend more than $147 billion dollars each year just to file their tax returns. 

 

“Instead of shops on Main Street spending what they make on hiring more employees and investing in expanding their business, they are forced to give their money to the government,” said Congressman Smith. “We need a tax code that rewards people for working hard, not one that punishes them.”

 

American taxpayers spend over 6 billion hours and $262 billion dollars a year to make sure they are in compliance with the U.S. tax code. 

 

“Not only are small businesses spending outrageous amounts of their time and money to figure out our tax code, but average Americans who are working hard every day and trying to raise a family have to spend money to figure it out too,” said Congressman Smith.

 

Smith is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, the only committee in Congress with primary jurisdiction over federal tax measures. On August 30, 2017, Smith joined President Trump in Springfield for his speech on tax reform. 

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Defending America’s Interests

2017/09/22

This week, President Trump addressed the United Nations in a way our last President never did – he put America First.
 
When President Trump delivered his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, he stood strong in front of a group that was used to former President Obama apologizing for America’s strength and power. Under the Obama Administration, American taxpayer dollars were wasted on funding the ineffective and scandal plagued United Nations – an organization that has done less and less to protect democratic nations like America who believe in the rule of law.
 
From President Obama calling ISIS the “J.V. squad” to Hillary Clinton saying “what does it even matter” when being asked about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, liberals have been putting America last for far too long. During his time as President, Barack Obama even called America “arrogant” to France and Europe and apologized to the Muslim world for America’s “mistakes” saying that “we have not been perfect.”
 
The era of pacifying other nations and not standing up for our allies is over. President Trump made no apologies when speaking this week and reaffirmed our position as the world's foremost leader for freedom and prosperity.
 
“America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world," said President Trump. He reminded those listening that America has consistently risen to the call when oppressive regimes and leaders have threatened the security and human rights of those around the globe.  
 
In his speech to the U.N., President Trump said, “The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies.  But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.  As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.”
 
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that he has listened to many speeches at the United Nations, but none were bolder or more courageous than President Trump’s.
 
Between North Korea launching missiles over Japan and Iranian leaders who have ignored the terms of Obama’s nuclear “deal,” these rogue nations have something in common: they are not concerned with protecting their own citizens. Instead, they oppress and abuse their people, putting them at risk while threatening the safety and security of the world.
 
These nations got a strong warning from President Trump. He promised Kim Jong-un that if he and his regime continue their nuclear aggressions, they are choosing a path that will result in the complete destruction of North Korea. Trump also called the Obama Administration’s Iranian Nuclear Deal an “embarrassment” and put Iran on notice, saying that the deal was “one of the worst and most one-sided” – a sign that he’s prepared to make major changes and put America First.
 
In the last year, we have gone from President Obama, who allowed the U.N. to condemn Israel, to President Trump, whose speech actually sparked change. Shortly after his speech, President Trump issued an order punishing any company or person who does business with North Korea. Additionally, the U.N. passed sanctions on North Korea that will reduce the amount of oil they can import, stop their income by banning their textile exports and sanction other North Korean government entities. President Trump also announced that Chinese banks are breaking ties with North Korea, cutting them off and drying up their access to cash. I have also voted to pass legislation that gives our President even more authority to impose sanctions on people who violate U.N. resolutions and conduct business with rogue nations.
 
President Trump is urging all sovereign nations to follow his lead. It is time for everyone to take responsibility and take action to cut off rouge nations until they can stop their nuclear aggressions and stop threatening the world. Our President is putting America First, encouraging other world leaders to do the same for their countries, and asking everyone to come together to create security, prosperity and peace for themselves and the world.

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Ways and Means

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 114th Congress, Jason serves on the Ways and Means 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.

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.


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