Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that in order to ensure he doesn’t miss the birth of his second child in mid-June, he will remain in Washington state through the month of June and return to D.C. in July for votes.

“Being 2,500 miles away when you’re expecting a child gives you a 50-50 chance of making it back in time for the birth,” Smith said.  “Those odds aren’t good enough – I can’t miss the birth of my child.  The baby could come at any time and I need to be there for my wife, my daughter and the new baby.”

Smith and Sara, his wife, have a daughter, Kendall, born in August of 2000.  They are expecting the birth of their second child, a son, in mid-June.