Normally, Rep Smith's virulently anti-choice position would keep him from even being nominated. However, this week the House passed both the Lily Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. These acts are meant to ensure there is no gender discrimination is people's paychecks, and to extend the statue of limitations for discovering and filing a gender discrimination claim.
Democrats overwhelmingly voted for the both bills and Republicans voted overwhelmingly against the two bills. Rep. Smith was in fact the only Republican to vote for both bills.
For being willing to buck his party and take a stand against workplace discrimination, we are pleased to award this week's Backbencher of the week to Rep. Chris Smith(R-NJ). Congratulations.