NAME: Jason Smith
AGE: 32. Born June 16, 1980, in St. Louis.
HOME: Salem, Mo.
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural economics, University of Missouri; law degree from Oklahoma City University.
EXPERIENCE: Missouri House of Representatives, January 2006 to present; elected Missouri House speaker pro tem by colleagues in January 2013.
QUOTE: "The fiscal responsibility in Washington, D.C., is what's destroying our country, and we've got to take control of it and get it back."
-- Associated Press