Linda Smith

Congressman + Politician
Born Jul 26, 1950

Linda Smith is a member of the Republican Party who represented Washington's from 1995 to 1999 in the United States House of Representatives. After leaving politics, Linda Smith founded Shared Hope International, a nonprofit organization to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. Since its creation, Smith has worked around the world and within the United States on behalf of those who have been victimized through sex trafficking.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on July 16, 1950.


1966 15 Years Old Smith grew up in a working class home. Her father abandoned the family and her mother remarried a mechanic (who went on to have a long career with the railroad), and in 1966 moved the family to Vancouver, Washington. … Read More
1968 17 Years Old In 1968, she married Vern Smith, a young locomotive engineer, shortly before the age of 18, and they raised two children. … Read More


1983 32 Years Old Smith began her political career in a special election in 1983 when she defeated a Democratic Party incumbent to win a seat in the Washington House of Representatives.
1987 36 Years Old In 1987, she moved up to the state Senate, giving Republicans control of that chamber, and remained there until her supporters began a September 1994 write-in campaign to elect her to Washington's 3rd congressional district. … Read More


1996 45 Years Old She narrowly won reelection in 1996, defeating Democrat Brian Baird by only 113 votes.
1997 46 Years Old Smith was known for her staunch anti-abortion stance and her maverick tendencies, such as opposing the Balanced Budget Amendment, supporting campaign finance reform, and most notably of all, being one of 9 House Republicans to vote against confirming House Speaker Newt Gingrich in early 1997. … Read More
1998 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Giving up her House seat in 1998, Smith ran for Washington's U.S. Senate seat. … Read More


2001 50 Years Old To build momentum in the international anti-trafficking movement, Smith also founded the War Against Trafficking Alliance (WATA) in January 2001. … Read More
2006 56 Years Old …  At the Helsinki Commission Hearing in 2006, Smith testified about the Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in America. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old After over a decade of undercover investigations, extensive research and conducting thousands of survivor interviews, Smith herself was “shocked” by what was revealed. In 2009, Smith released a book titled Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children, which explores the traumas endured by young girls who are forced into the commercial sex industry.
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