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Lamar Smith
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U.S. House, Texas, District 21
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Loeffler (R)
Leadership
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
2011-Present
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas
1982-1985
Texas House of Representatives
1981-1982
Education
High schoolTexas Military Institute
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 19, 1947
Place of birthSan Antonio, Texas
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$4,201,560
ReligionChristian Science
Websites
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]

Biography

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]

Career

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

2013-2014

Smith serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

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

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

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

Presidential preference

2012

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

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

Earmarks

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

2012

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."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]

Elections

2012

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.[13][14]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Smith won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Lainey Melnick (D) and James Arthur Strohm (Libertarian).[15]

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

2012

Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Smith won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith's campaign committee raised a total of $1,727,472 and spent $1,705,681.[16]

2010

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.[17]

U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 2010 - Lamar Smith Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,312,958
Total Spent $1,248,308
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
AT&T Inc$12,000
First Atlantic Capital$12,000
Ernst & Young$11,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$93,625
TV/Movies/Music$90,850
Lawyers/Law Firms$54,400
Oil & Gas$52,150
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$48,000

Analysis

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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 2011 was estimated between $2,337,120 to $6,066,000. That averages to $4,201,560, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 7.03% from 2010.[19]

2010

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]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Smith tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 127th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Smith was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 85th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[22]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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.[23]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Lamar + Smith + Texas + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Personal

Smith and his wife, Beth, have two children.[24]

External links

References

  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. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  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. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. Republican candidate list
  14. Unofficial Republican primary results
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. Open Secrets "Lamar Smith 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Lamar Smith 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Lamar Smith," Accessed September 17, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org "Lamar Smith (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Lamar Smith (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  24. Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Loeffler
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 21
1987-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas
1982-1985
Succeeded by
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Texas House of Representatives
1981-1982
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