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Lamar Smith
Lamar Smith.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 21
In office
January 3, 1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 28
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 6, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas
Texas House of Representatives
High schoolTexas Military Institute
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Date of birthNovember 19, 1947
Place of birthSan Antonio, Texas
ReligionChristian Science
Office website
Campaign website
Lamar Seeligson Smith (b. November 19, 1947) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Smith represents Texas' 21st congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1986. He ran for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Smith is a "moderate Republican leader".[1]

Smith won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


Smith was born in San Antonio, Texas. He earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1969, and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1975.[3]


Having earned his J.D., Smith went into private practice. He also managed a family ranch and worked as a journalist.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Smith was appointed chair of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the 113th Congress.[4]


Smith is a member of the following House committees:[5]


House Judiciary Committee

Lamar Smith has been the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee since 2007.[7]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lamar Smith endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]


A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[9] According to the report, Smith helped secure $950,000 toward road improvements near the San Antonio Fort Sam Houston military base. The earmark will improve three traffic-clogged local intersections near the base, including one a few blocks from Smith's home.[10]

Campaign themes


Smith's campaign website listed the following issues:[11]

  • Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "Congressman Smith knows that the government doesn’t create jobs, American ingenuity and entrepreneurs do. But the unprecedented growth of government in Washington is casting a chilling shadow on the American economy."
  • Cutting Spending
Excerpt: "President Obama came into office promising to cut the deficit in half, to reduce taxes, and to not expand the size of the government. Instead, the deficit has doubled, with no reversal in the spending spree in sight."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "The American people have had enough of the government trying to take over health care and Congressman Smith stands with the American people. We’ve all had enough of the 2,000-page bills, the trillion-dollar price tags, the backdoor deals, the cuts to Medicare, the higher premiums, and the trampling of the doctor-patient relationship."
  • Constitution
Excerpt: "As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Smith takes very seriously his obligation to uphold and defend the Constitution. "
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Congressman Smith supports low taxes because he believes that Americans, not the federal government, know best how to spend their money."



See also: Texas' 21st congressional district elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 21st District. He defeated Richard Morgan and Richard Mack in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Candace Duval (D) and John-Henry Liberty (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[12][13]

U.S. House, Texas District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Smith Incumbent 60.5% 187,015
     Democratic Candace E. Duval 35.4% 109,326
     Libertarian John-Henry Liberty 4.1% 12,524
Total Votes 308,865
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Smith won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Lainey Melnick (D) and James Arthur Strohm (Libertarian).[14]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 21, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Smith Incumbent 68.9% 162,924
     Democratic Lainey Melnick 27.9% 65,927
     Libertarian James Arthur Strohm 3.3% 7,694
Total Votes 236,545

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[15]

Lamar Smith (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 13, 2012$1,325,933.66$211,053.18$(162,006.48)$1,374,980.36
Pre-Primary[17]May 17, 2012$1,374,980.36$120,448.65$(168,843.44)$1,326,585.57
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Smith won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Smith's campaign committee raised a total of $1,312,958 and spent $1,248,308.[18]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Smith paid his congressional staff a total of $907,391 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Smith's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,086,120 to $5,765,000. That averages to $3,925,560 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[20]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Smith voted with the Republican Party 94.7% of the time, which ranked 44 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[21]

Recent news

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Smith and his wife, Beth, have two children.[22]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Smith" Accessed May 22, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SMITH, Lamar Seeligson, (1947 - )"
  4. Politico, "House committee chairs all men," November 28, 2012
  5. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  6. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Ralph M. Hall, Chairman "Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation"
  7. "Government Printing Office" 110th Congress Materials(See Page II)
  8. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  9. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  10. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  11. Campaign website, Issues
  12. Republican candidate list
  13. Unofficial Republican primary results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. Federal Election Commission "Lamar Smith's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Lamar Smith April Quarterly," Accessed July 17, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Lamar Smith Pre-Primary," Accessed July 17, 2012
  18. Open Secrets "Lamar Smith 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  19. LegiStorm, "Lamar Smith," Accessed September 17, 2012
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Lamar Smith (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  22. Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Loeffler
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Texas House of Representatives
Succeeded by