Elected in 1980, Congressman Chris Smith is currently in his 22nd two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents of the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey. Congressman Smith serves as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of its Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Chairman of the bipartisan House/Senate/White House Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and as “Special Representative” on Human Trafficking for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Previously, he served as Co-Chair and highest-ranking House member of the bipartisan House/Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) serving as chairman five times, and served as Chairman of the Veterans Committee (two terms), the Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Operations, and the Subcommittee on Africa.
According to the independent watchdog organization Govtrack, Smith ranks first among all 435 Members of the House in the number of laws authored. According to the official Congress.gov website run by the Library of Congress, Rep. Smith has authored 49 laws.