|U.S. House, Texas, District 21|
|January 3, 1987-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||27|
|Chair of the House Judiciary Committee|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 4, 1986|
|Next general||November 6, 2010|
|County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas|
|Texas House of Representatives|
|High school||Texas Military Institute|
|J.D.||Southern Methodist University|
|Birthday||November 19, 1947|
|Place of birth||San Antonio, Texas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Smith won re-election on November 6, 2012.
- 1987-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 21st congressional district
- 1982-1985: County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas
- 1981-1982: Texas House of Representatives
Having earned his J.D., Smith went into private practice. He also managed a family ranch and worked as a journalist.
Smith is a member of the following House committees:
- House Judiciary Committee Chair
- Homeland Security Committee
- Science, Space, and Technology Committee
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
- Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
House Judiciary Committee
Lamar Smith has been the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee since 2007.
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. 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.
Smith's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- Excerpt: "As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Smith takes very seriously his obligation to uphold and defend the Constitution. "
- Excerpt: "Congressman Smith supports low taxes because he believes that Americans, not the federal government, know best how to spend their money."
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.
|Lamar Smith (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$1,325,933.66||$211,053.18||$(162,006.48)||$1,374,980.36|
|Pre-Primary||May 17, 2012||$1,374,980.36||$120,448.65||$(168,843.44)||$1,326,585.57|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 2010 - Lamar Smith Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$34,093|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$34,093|
|Top contributors to Lamar Smith's campaign committee|
|Barger Broadcast Investments||$14,400|
|CC Media Holdings||$13,450|
|First Atlantic Capital||$12,000|
|Ernst & Young||$11,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$52,150|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Smith has voted with the Republican Party 94.7% of the time, which ranked 44 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.
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Smith and his wife, Beth, have two children.
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- Media coverage:
- Gov Track "Smith" Accessed May 22, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SMITH, Lamar Seeligson, (1947 - )"
- Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Ralph M. Hall, Chairman "Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation"
- "Government Printing Office" 110th Congress Materials(See Page II)
- The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- Republican candidate list
- Unofficial Republican primary results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Federal Election Commission "Lamar Smith's Summary Report," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Lamar Smith April Quarterly," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Lamar Smith Pre-Primary," Accessed July 17, 2012
- Open Secrets "Lamar Smith 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Lamar Smith," Accessed September 17, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Lamar Smith (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
- Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 29, 2011
|U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 21
| Succeeded by|
|County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas
| Succeeded by|
|Texas House of Representatives
| Succeeded by|