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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Smith's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H6TX21012 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Lamar S. Smith Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>  
 
Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Smith's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H6TX21012 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Lamar S. Smith Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>  
  
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===2012===
 
===2012===

Revision as of 21:04, 6 November 2013

Lamar Smith
Lamar Smith.jpg
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
Cost per vote$9.12 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,914,791
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, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 21st congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1986.

Smith most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Candace Duval (D) and John-Henry Liberty (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Smith began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served from 1981 to 1982. He then served as County Commissioner for Bexar County, Texas, from 1982 to 1985.

Smith is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Smith is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

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.[2]

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:[3]

2011-2012

Smith was a member of the following House committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Smith's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[16]

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. [17]

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.[18] 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.[19]

Campaign themes

2012

Smith's campaign website listed the following issues:[20]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 21st congressional district elections, 2014

Smith is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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

Smith won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 21st District. He defeated Richard Morgan and Richard Mack in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Candace Duval (D) and John-Henry Liberty (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[21][22]

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"


U.S. House, Texas District 21 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Smith Incumbent 76.6% 52,404
Richard Mack 14.8% 10,111
Richard Morgan 8.6% 5,868
Total Votes 68,383

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $7,914,791 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[36]

Lamar Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 21) Won $1,727,471
2010 US House (Texas, District 21) Won $1,312,958
2008 US House (Texas, District 21) Won $1,242,140
2006 US House (Texas, District 21) Won $1,332,470
2004 US House (Texas, District 21) Won $973,780
2002 US House (Texas, District 21) Won $789,337
2000 US House (Texas, District 21) Won $536,635
Grand Total Raised $7,914,791

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[37]

Lamar S. Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$876,558.68$209,014.91$(138,041.06)$947,532.53
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$947,532.53$193,896.91$(146,980.59)$994,448.85
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$994,448.85$140,058.82$(124,530.81)$1,009,976.86
Year-End[41]January 31, 2014$1,009,976$155,512$(121,251)$1,044,238
Pre-Primary[42]February 20, 2014$1,044,238$105,925$(251,212)$898,951
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$898,951$193,720$(219,416)$873,256
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$873,256$172,885$(165,169)$880,972
Running totals
$1,171,012.64$(1,166,600.46)

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.[45] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $9.12 per vote received in 2012.

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.[47]

U.S. House, Texas District 21, 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

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Smith is a "moderate Republican leader" as of June 2013.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Smith most often votes with:

Smith least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Smith missed 498 of 16,291 roll call votes from January 1987 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[50]

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.[51]

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, 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.[52]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

Voting with party

2013

Smith voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 52nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]

Personal

Smith and his wife, Beth, have two children.[57]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SMITH, Lamar Seeligson, (1947 - )"
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  5. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Ralph M. Hall, Chairman "Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  18. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  19. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  20. Campaign website, Issues
  21. Republican candidate list
  22. Unofficial Republican primary results
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
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  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Lamar S. Smith," Accessed March 25, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Lamar S. Smith Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Lamar Smith April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Lamar Smith July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Lamar Smith October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Lamar Smith Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Lamar Smith Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Lamar Smith April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Lamar Smith July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
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  46. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
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  50. GovTrack, "Lamar Smith," Accessed April 2, 2013
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  53. OpenSecrets.org, "Lamar Smith (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
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  57. Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Loeffler
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 21
1987-Present
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County Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas
1982-1985
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Texas House of Representatives
1981-1982
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