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Chris Smith's Biography

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 4, Republican

Contact Information


Post Office Box 3184
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-581-0787
Phone: 732-677-3400

112 Village Center Drive
Second Floor
Freehold, NJ 07728

4573 South Broad Street
Hamilton, NJ 08620

405 Route 539 (Pinehurst Road)
Plumsted, NJ 08514

2373 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Christopher 'Chris' H. Smith




Wife: Marie; 4 Children

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Rahway, NJ

Home City:

Hamilton, NJ


Roman Catholic

BA, Business Administration, The College of New Jersey, 1975

Attended, Worcester College, 1974

Representative, United States House of Representatives, New Jersey, District 4, 1980-present

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, New Jersey, District 4, 2018, 2020

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 1978

Member, 9/11 Health Caucus, present

Co-Chair/Founder, Alzheimer's Caucus, present

Member, Animal Welfare Caucus, present

Founder/Co-Chair, Autism Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Bosnia, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Combating Anti-Semitism, present

Member, Congressional Caucus on Refugees, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, present

Member, Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine, present

Member, Congressional Coastal Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Guard and Reserve Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Poland Caucus, present

Founder/Co-Chair, Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Hong Kong Caucus, present

Member, House Air Force Caucus, present

Member, House Army Caucus, present

Member, House Oceans Caucus, present

Member, Military Veterans Caucus, present

Member, Rail Passenger Caucus, present

Member, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, present

Former Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Uganda

Former Co-Chair, Spina Bifida Caucus

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Africa, United States House of Representatives

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Operations, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Chair, Veterans Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life Committee

Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Congressional Committee for Irish Affairs, present

Co-Chair, Bicameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease, present

Member, Congressional Coalition on Adoption, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, present

Member, Delaware River Basin Task Force, present

Special Representative, Human Trafficking, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, present

Dean, New Jersey Congressional Delegation, present

Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, present

Co-Chair, Coalition on Autism Research and Education

Ranking Member, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)

Ranking Member/Former Chair, Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)

Former Republican Congressional Delegate, United Nations

Chair, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 2011-2012

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Legislator of the Year, 2015, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Boat People SOS Vietnamese Human Rights Award
Humanitarian Impact Award in Healthcare, 2015, Healey International Relief Foundation
Citizen Power Award, 2015, Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China
Leadership Award, 2015, Center for Jewish Life
Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Honorary Trenton Firefighters Award, 2014
The Coptic Solidarity 2014 Leadership Award
Defender Award, 2012, China Aid Association
Easter Seals Advocacy Award, 2012
Congressional Leadership Award, 2012, Refugees International
Spirit of Enterprise, 2012, United States Chamber of Commerce
Public Service Award, 2012, National PACE Association (NPA)
United States Humane Champion Award, 2012, The Humane Society
Defender of Children, 2012
Leadership Award, 2011, Flax Trust-America
Distinguished Community Health Advocate, 2011, National Association of Community Health Centers
Global Forum Leadership Award, 2011, The American Jewish Committee
Man of Distinction Award, 2011, Monmouth County Jewish Federation
Appreciation Award and Honorary Firefighter's Helmet, 2011
Wilberforce Leadership Award, 2010, Students for Life of America
Award of Gratitude, Falun Dafa Practitioners in New Jersey
Legislator of the Year, 2010, National Association of Private and Special Education Centers
Award of Recognition, Allergy & Asthma Network
Joey Damiano Community Hero Award, 2009, The Arc Mercer
United States Legislative Leader Award, 2009, Humane Society
Humanity Award, 2009, Profile World Congress
Award Recognizing Dedication and Support to Lyme Patients, Lyme Disease Association
Max Cleland Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009, Veterans & Military Families for Progress
Award of Thanks, 2009, Autism Speaks
Distinguished Community Health Superhero, 2009, National Association of Community Health Centers
Award of Appreciation, 2009, Keep Infants with Down Syndrome
Award of Appreciation, Township of Howell
Public Policy Award, 2008, The Marshall Legacy Institute
The Good Samaritan Award, Advocates International
The Presidents Award, American Association of Blood Banks
Innocents at Risk Award, Leadership in Fight to Stop Human Trafficking
The Central and East European Coalition Award
Spirit of St. Francis Award, 2008, Saint Francis Medical Center
National Breast Cancer Coalition's Certificate of Excellence, 2007
Legislator of the Year, 2007, Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey
Award of Appreciation, 2007, New Jersey's Homeless Individuals and Families
Spirit of Enterprise Award, 2007, United States Chamber of Commerce
American Ireland Fund's Distinguished Leadership Award, 2007
Commander's Cross of Merit, Republic of Hungary
Humane Champion Award, 2007, Humane Society of United States
President's Award, 2007, Life Issues Institute
True Blue Award, 2007, Family Research Council
American Jewish Committee's Soviet Jewry Liberty Award
Leon H. Sullivan Award, 2007
Circle of Honor Award, 2007, Alzheimer's Association
Human Rights Award, 2007, Korean American Voters' Council
President's Award, 2007, New Jersey Water Association
Srebrenica 1995 Award, 2007
Saint Thomas More Award, 2007, Trenton Diocese
Respect Life Award, 2007, Knights of Columbus
Special Recognition Award, 2007, Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora (SEED)
Commodore John Barry Award, 2007, Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of the Jersey Shore
Chairman's Leadership Award, 2006, Alzheimer's Association of America's
Paul O'Dwyer Award, 2006, Irish American Unity Conference
Congressional Hero Award, Autism Society of America
Legislator of the Year, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Legislator of the Year, New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vitae Caring Award, 2005
Pony Express Federal Leadership Award, New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies
Sean MacBride Human Rights Award, Ancient Order of Hibernians
Legislator of the Year, National Mental Health Association
Public Service Award, Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce
Legislator of the Year, Jewish War Veterans
New Jersey Broadcasters Association 2002 Award
Silver Helmet Award, AmVETS
Proudly Pro-Life Award, 1996, National Right to Life Committee Educational Trust Fund
Leader of the Year, New Jersey State Postal Workers
Public Service Award, American Legion Distinguished
Humanitarian of the Year Award, Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
Legislator of the Year, Order of the Purple Heart
Distinguished Community Health Defender Award, National Association of Community Health Centers
Legislator of the Year Award, 2003, Vietnam Veterans of America
Alexander Boloni Farkas Award, American Hungarian Federation
Retired Enlisted Association Award of Excellence
Tri State Region Spirit of Life Award, Spina Bifida Association
Irish American Unity Conference Patrick Finucane Award
New Jersey Primary Care Association Community Health Super Hero
Award of Merit, Military Coalition
Congressional Champion, Spina Bifida Association of America
John C. Reiss Respect Life Award, 1990, Diocese of Trenton's Bishop
Captain Frank Taylor Evans Outstanding Achievement Award, Friends of Navy Lakehurst
National Association of State Approving Agencies Award
Friend for Life Award, Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home
New Jersey State Hibernian Humanitarian Award, 2001
National Association for Homeless Veterans Legislative Leadership Award
Values Action Team Award, 2003
Distinguished Service Award, Trenton Vets Center
Outstanding Service Award, Boy Scouts of America Jersey Shore Council
Pro Vita Award, 1998, Diocese of Metuchen's Diocesan
County Veterans Services Officers Award
George "Buck" Gillispie Award, Blinded American Veterans Foundation
Ivan Veit Award, Immigration and Refugee Services of America
Spirit of Enterprise Award, United States Chamber of Commerce
William Wilberforce Award
Department Commanders' Appreciation Award, American Legion
Man of the Year, Scleroderma Foundation
Sierra Club Clean Air Champion
Distinguished Service Award, National Association of State Veterans Homes
Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Outstanding Service Award, Disabled American Veterans
New Jersey Catholic War Veterans Patriot Award
Irishman of the Year, Ocean County Emerald Society
Friend of Adoption Award, National Committee of Adoption
Cancer Advocacy Award, Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3523 Award
Courage in the Marketplace Award, 2001
American Ambulance Association Legislative Recognition Award
Peace Corps Leader for Peace Award
Eagle of Freedom Award, American Security Council
Defender of Life Award, 2001, Pro-Life Union of Southeast Pennsylvania
Legislator of the Year, International Chiropractors Association
Anchor House Child Advocate Award
Share the Vision Award, Lyme Research Foundation
Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community Award
Religious Alliance Against Pornography Award
Inspiration Award from the Year United Catholic Music Video Association, 2001
Deborah Heart Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
Citizen of the Year, Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
Friend of the National Parks Award, National Park Conservation Association
Courage to Lead Award, International Chiropractors Association
Distinguished Service Award, New Jersey State Council of the Knights of Columbus
NJARSVRD Award, Senior Citizen Volunteer Retirement Programs
L. Mendel Rivers Award, 2002, Non-Commissioned Officers Association
Man of the Year Award, B'Nai Brith Judean Unit 1351
Citizens for a Sound Economy Jefferson Award
Christian Coalition Friend of the Family Award

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