Smith Sworn in as Mo-8 Rep.
June 6, 2013

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday swore in the newest member of the House, Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), whose presence gives the House a full 435 members. Smith won a special election on Tuesday to fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of Rep. Jo Anne Emerson (R-Mo.). Emerson appeared with Smith on the floor, and hugged him after immediately after he was sworn in. “I truly look forward to working with every member of this body,” Smith said in brief remarks to his new colleagues. “There’s 435 of us, my goal is… to get to know each and every one of you and help move the country forward one step at a time.” He was welcomed by Reps. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who noted that Smith is a fourth-generation farmer and was one of the youngest speaker pro-temps in the history of the Missouri House. Source: THE HILL
Tip ‘O cap: Axiom Morning News

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Jason Smith Cruises to Easy Win in Mo-8 Special Election
June 4, 2013

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Congressman-elect Jason Smith

Missouri House Pro tem Jason Smith won an easy victory Tuesday in a special election in southeast Missouri for the Mo-8 seat to Congress.
Smith had been expected to win in a heavily Republican district.
“I don’t come from a family of a lot, but we’ve learned a lot of lessons,” Smith said, according to PoliticMO. “This is too good – a country boy from Dent County is going to Washington.”
The 32-year old Republican’s landslide makes him the overwhelming favorite for a full term on his own in 2014.
Some members of the Missouri GOP were watching the point spread in the race closely for signs of vulnerability by Smith.
A tight race in the special election could trigger a Republican primary next summer when the seat is up for election again in the 2014 mid term elections.
Smith replaces long-time southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. After easily winning another term in 2012, Emerson suddenly announced she was leaving Congress to become a a lobbyist shortly after Congress convened in January.
Jo Ann Emerson was elected to Congress after the death of her husband, former Representative Bill Emerson, who also held the southeast Missouri seat to Washington for years.
Smith was nominated by Mo-8 Republicans leaders over a crowded field of more experienced southeast Missouri politicians including current Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.
Smith will be a more conservative Member of Congress than Emerson, who was in the GOP’s moderate wing.
Smith is a hawk on the federal budget and had the backing in the special election from conservatives like Sarah Palin and former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who won the 2012 Missouri presidential primary.
Smith told PoliticMO he would fly to Washington on Wednesday to be sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner.
8th District
100.0% Reporting
J. Smith GOP 67.3% 42,145
S. Hodges Dem 27.5% 17,203
D. Enyart CST 3.6% 2,265
B. Slantz Lib 1.5% 968

Mo-8 Special Election for Congress Today
June 4, 2013

Steve Hodges

Steve Hodges

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Voters in southeast Missouri pick a new Member of Congress today.
The special Mo-8 election pits heavily favored Republican St. Rep. Jason Smith against another state representative, Democrat Steve Hodges and two third-party candidates.
Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney carried Mo-8 with nearly 2/3 of the votes in the presidential election.
The Mo-8 district is a large one. It covers southeast Missouri and ranges from Jefferson County near St. Louis over to south central Missouri.
The winner replaces former Republican Representative Jo Ann Emerson who resigned suddenly late last year, after winning re-election. Emerson has taken a job as a lobbyist.
The 32-year old Smith would b e one of the youngest Members of Congress, if he’s elected. He is considered more conservative than Emerson, who held the seat for years.
Both candidates were nominated by party leaders earlier this spring, rather than winning conventional primary battles. The GOP field was crowded with several candidates with backgrounds in Missouri politics, including Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, also from southeast Missouri.
If Smith wins, as expected, MO-8 Republicans will look at his victory margin to see if he is strong enough to withstand a primary challenge next summer ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections. So GOP insiders will keep a close eye on the point spread.
Other candidates on the ballot today include Constitution Party candidate Doug Enyart, Libertarian Bill Slantz — and two write-in candidates — Thomas Brown and Dr. Robert George, according to the Southeast Missourian newspaper.
Polls are open until 7pm.

Mr. Smith to Washington? Smith Files for Mo-8
February 11, 2013

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

The new Republican nominee for the Mo-8 Congressional seat, State Representative Jason Smith, officially filed for Congress today.
Smith won a 6-round GOP Committee election for the nominaton Saturday.
“Now more than ever, Missourians need effective representatives who will stand up against the out-of-control federal government,”, said Smith in a news release.
“It is humbling to know that I may be their voice in Washington,” said Smith. “Since December, I have put more than 10,000 miles on my car as I’ve campaigned throughout southern Missouri. It is with that same intensity that I will work over the next four months to take our conservative message to every corner of the 8th District.”
Former Congresswoman jo Ann Emerson resigned from the seat to take a job as a l;obbyist.
Southeast missouri Democrats will select thier nominee at a committee meeting this coming Saturday.
Smith is a heavy favororite to win. The Mo-8 is a traditonally Republican district.

Jason Smith Wins MO-8 GOP Nod for Congress
February 9, 2013

20130209-134013.jpg32 year old State Representative Jason Smith has been nominated by Missouri 8th District (Mo-8)Republicans to be their next Congressman.
Smith outlasted nine other candidates during multiple-round ballot by GOP Mo-8 Committee members during a meeting in Van Buren, Missouri that lasted more than three hours.
“This is a lot for a country boy from Denton County,” Tweeted PoliticMo’s Eli Yokey.
Smith secured the needed 50 votes after five rounds of balloting. Among the people he defeated; Lt. governor Peter Kinder and former Missouri GOP Executive Director Lloyd Smith.
There was a 6th ceremonial unanimous vote for Smith.
Smith was once the Chief of Staff for former Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. He was considered the early front runner
Emerson announced her intention to resign shortly after being re-elected last November. She took a job as lobbyist.
During his brief campaign speech to the GOP Committee people, Smith promised to bring fresh,new, conservative ideas to Congress if he is elected.
Smith becomes the heavy favorite now to follow Emerson to Congress in this very Republican district covering southeast Missouri..
Smith has enjoyed a dramatic rise in Missouri politics. He was first elected to the Missouri House in. Special election in 2005.
He is currently the Speaker Pro Tem of the House
In less than 10 years after entering state politics, Smith could be on the verge of becoming a US Congressman. He could have the Mo-8 seat for years, perhaps decades, if he chooses.
The Special election to select Emerson’s replacement is set for June 2.