Jason Smith

Jason Smith


Protecting Hardworking Taxpayers


Tax day has come and gone for most, but some taxpayers are still trying to get their returns straight. This year, there has been an astronomical uptick in identity theft used for fraudulent tax returns. When some law-abiding citizens filed their tax returns, they discovered a thief had already used their social security number to file a return. That leaves the taxpayer with months of frustrating calls and letters to the IRS to get it straight. This week I took action to prevent this abuse on hardworking taxpayers.

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Capitol Report: Repealing the Death Tax and Restoring the American Dream


This week, I voted to repeal the death tax and help put the American Dream back within reach for family farmers across southeast and southern Missouri. Since I was first elected to Congress, I have worked to get a vote on repealing the death tax for family farmers, including cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. Across our area, farmers worry that the death tax will keep them from passing the family farm down to their children. A full repeal of the death tax would alleviate this worry and encourage the kind of entrepreneurship America was built on.

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Congressman Smith Statement on Voting to Repeal the Death Tax and Restore the American Dream


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congressman Jason Smith (R-Salem, MO) issued the following statement on voting for the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, a bill he also co-sponsored:

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Capitol Report: A Taxing Experience


Tax Day—a day that many Americans dread—is quickly approaching us yet again. April 15 is the deadline for filing your taxes with the IRS, a process that is increasingly cumbersome and confusing. Today, America’s incredibly complex tax code is almost 4 million words long. It is no surprise that more than 60 percent of taxpayers pay for help when preparing their taxes. All told, American taxpayers will spend a total of 6.1 billion hours working on their tax returns. With a tax code so long and complex, it is hard to know if you have done it right.

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Congressman Smith Visits Gainesville High School Students


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Jason Smith visited Jack Harris’s eighth-grade social studies class at Gainesville High School. The visit included a question and answer session with students. 

“Ronald Reagan once said his fondest hope for young people is that they would love their country for her selflessness and idealism,” said Smith. “These conversations help make Congress personal and may even inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue public service.”

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Capitol Report: Rural Schools Deserve a Fair Shake


This week, I met with school superintendents and county commissioners in south-central Missouri to give an update on the Secure Rural Schools funding program. Twenty-one of the 30 counties in our congressional district receive this federal funding which benefits many rural schools in our area, but authorization for this program expired at the end of Fiscal Year 2013.

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Congressman Smith Visits Plato High School Students


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jason Smith visited a civics class at Plato High School and took questions from the students. The conversation covered everything from how to get involved in public service to Smith’s experience as one of the youngest members of the House of Representatives.

“When I talk to students, I want them to see that they can make a difference in their communities now,” said Congressman Smith. “They don’t have to wait until they are older to have a positive impact.”

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Capitol Report: Fighting for Rural Veterans


It is no secret that America has the finest fighting force this world has ever seen. When those brave military men and women return from service, it is our duty to provide them with the benefits they have earned and deserve. From long wait times to subpar care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has not provided the exceptional care that we expect for our heroes.  This is especially apparent for veterans in rural areas.  As an advocate for rural America, it has been my mission to improve the care of these veterans, and all veterans across this great nation.

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Congressman Jason Smith Announces Congressional Art Contest


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Smith announces the opening of the annual Eighth Congressional District Art Contest and encourages high school students in his congressional district to participate. Students may submit original paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media, computer-generated art and photographs. Congressman Smith and a panel of art experts will select a winning work of art to be displayed in the Capitol for one year.

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Capitol Report: Protecting Our Freedoms


It is no secret that more than six years into office President Obama continues to push a radical anti-gun agenda and attempt to bypass the law-making authority of Congress. We saw this recently in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) proposal to restrict the manufacture and sale of ammunition commonly used by sportsman and hunters. Many of you shared in my outrage for the proposed ban and together we made our voices heard. This week, the ATF dropped its proposed ban, tweeting “You spoke, we listened.”

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Contact Information

2230 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4404
Fax 202-22

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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 farmers and rural Missourians.

Jason was raised in Salem, Missouri where he still runs the same family farm that was started by his great grandfather. He attended Salem High School, where he was an active member of FFA, and the University of Missouri – Columbia to pursue a double major in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration.

After receiving degrees from both programs in three years, he attended law school in Oklahoma before returning home to serve his community. Back home in Dent County, he began running the family farm and practicing law. It was during this time that he recognized the harm that the over-bearing 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 House in a special election in 2005.

In the General Assembly, he has fought to shrink the size of state government, eliminate burdensome rules and regulations, increase government transparency, protect property rights, implement the castle doctrine, require drug testing for welfare recipients, and defend Missouri agriculture.

Thanks to his efforts, his colleagues selected him to serve in leadership: first at the Majority Whip and more recently 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. As a member of the 113th Congress, Jason serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Natural Resources Committee.

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 and, as the son of a pastor, he is proudly pro-life and supports traditional values.

Jason attends Grace Community Church in Salem where he volunteered as a Sunday school teacher for their church’s youth.

Serving With

Ann Wagner


Blaine Luetkemeyer


Vicky Hartzler


Sam Graves


Billy Long


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