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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001811&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Lamar Smith 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001811&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Lamar Smith 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
  
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001811&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'', "Lamar Smith 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001811&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'', "Lamar Smith 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011]</ref>
  
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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$4,450,054
ReligionChristian Science
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lamar Seeligson Smith (b. November 19, 1947, in San Antonio, TX) 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 running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Matt McCall and Michael J. Smith in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014. He will face Ryan Shields (L) and Antonio Diaz (G) in the general election on November 4, 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]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent 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

NDAA

Yea3.png 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]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Smith voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Smith voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Smith voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Smith voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Smith voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Smith voted against HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png 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.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png 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.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png 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.[26]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[27] Smith joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[28][29]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png 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.[30]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Lamar Smith's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Smith is a Hard-Core Conservative. Smith received a score of 12 percent on social issues and 96 percent on economic issues.[31]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31]

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. [33]

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.[34] 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.[35]

Campaign themes

2014

Smith's campaign website lists the following issues:[36]

  • 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."
  • Healthcare
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 running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Matt McCall and Michael J. Smith to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. He will face Ryan Shields (L) and Antonio Diaz (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Texas District 21 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Smith Incumbent 60.4% 40,441
Matt McCall 33.9% 22,681
Michael Smith 5.7% 3,796
Total Votes 66,918
Source: Texas Secretary of State

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.[37][38]

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.[52]

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.[53]

Lamar S. Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[54]April 15, 2013$876,558.68$209,014.91$(138,041.06)$947,532.53
July Quarterly[55]July 15, 2013$947,532.53$193,896.91$(146,980.59)$994,448.85
October Quarterly[56]October 15, 2013$994,448.85$140,058.82$(124,530.81)$1,009,976.86
Year-End[57]January 31, 2014$1,009,976$155,512$(121,251)$1,044,238
Pre-Primary[58]February 20, 2014$1,044,238$105,925$(251,212)$898,951
April Quarterly[59]April 15, 2014$898,951$193,720$(219,416)$873,256
July Quarterly[60]July 15, 2014$873,256$172,885$(165,169)$880,972
October Quarterly[61]October 15, 2014$880,972$185,611$(103,505)$963,079
Running totals
$1,356,623.64$(1,270,105.46)

2012

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.[62] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[63]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $9.12 per vote received in 2012.


2010

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.[64]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Smith's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,450,109 and $6,450,000. That averages to $4,450,054, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Smith ranked as the 79th most wealthy representative in 2012.[65] Between 2004 and 2012, Smith's calculated net worth[66] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[67]

Lamar Smith Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$4,999,435
2012$4,450,054
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-11%
Average annual growth:-1%[68]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[69]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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 "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014. In June 2013, Smith was rated as a "moderate Republican leader."[70]

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.[71]

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 516 of 17,274 roll call votes from January 1987 to July 2014. This amounts to 3 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[72]

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 ranked 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.[73]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Smith ranked 80th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[74]

2012

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.[75]

2011

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.[76]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Smith voted with the Republican Party 96.7 percent of the time, which ranked 11th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[77]

2013

Smith voted with the Republican Party 98.2 percent of the time, which ranked 52nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[78]

Personal

Smith and his wife, Beth, have two children.[79]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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  66. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  67. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  68. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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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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