Lamar Smith

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Smith Briefed on Ebola Response at Fort Sam Houston

2014/10/24

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today after being briefed on Ebola response team efforts at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston: Congressman Smith:  “Fort Sam has the resources, expertise, and desire to help train the Ebola response team. I appreciate Major General Simeon Trombitas and Brigadier General Barbara Holcomb for giving me this timely briefing. Although we hope this team’s services will never be needed, it is clear that they will be trained and prepared to deploy anywhere needed by next week.” Read More

Rep. Smith Called ‘Most Effective’

2014/10/22

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Smith Named Most Effective Lawmaker

2014/10/20

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) was recently identified as the most effective lawmaker in the 112th Congress, according to a study conducted by political scientists at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.    Researchers assigned lawmakers “Legislative Effectiveness Scores” using an equation to measure the member’s ability to push bills “through the legislative process and into law.” According to the scores, Smith rated as the highest lawmaker out of 449 congressional representatives that were scored in the 112th Congress. The study weighed factors such as legislators’ seniority, the number of bills authored that became law, and the relative substance and weight of bills authored. The results were recently unveiled in a website, www.thelawmakers.org, and accompanying book, “Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers.” Read More

Smith Statement on Ebola Response Training at Fort Sam Houston

2014/10/19

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today following the announcement that the Pentagon will train an Ebola response team at Fort Sam Houston in Smith’s congressional district in San Antonio.   Congressman Smith: "Given its reputation as a premier Army medical training facility, I can think of no better place to assemble this team than Fort Sam Houston. I also hope that this administration will finally place a travel ban on African countries most affected by the Ebola virus. This is truly a case where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Fort Sam Houston has been called the “Home of Army Medicine” and is one of the largest military medical training facilities in the world. A recent Washington Post- ABC News poll showed that 91 percent of Americans support stricter screening of people entering the United States who have been in African countries affected by the outbreak, and 67 percent support completely restricting entry to people traveling from those countries. Smith has repeatedly called for a travel ban to be put in place after a Liberian man was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas in early October.    Read More

Smith Says Texas Succeeds Where Federal Government Failed on Ebola

2014/10/17

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today in response to an announcement that the Texas Department of State Health Services is enacting its own travel ban on health workers who have treated Ebola patients. The decision comes as the Obama administration continues to refuse to enforce a flight ban on travelers coming from countries most affected by the Ebola virus. Smith has been calling for increased scrutiny on travel since early October when the first U.S. case of Ebola was confirmed in Dallas. Congressman Smith: “In the wake of this administration’s failures, I welcome today’s decision by the Texas Department of State Health Services to enact its own travel ban on health workers who have treated Ebola patients. Once more, the state of Texas has succeeded where the federal government failed. I believe this is truly a case where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is time for the president to take common-sense measures, and past time to institute a travel ban on those coming from the countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. We should also immediately cease issuing the hundreds of visas that are being given out daily at our embassies in these three countries. “It is appropriate to allow our military forces to take the lead transporting personnel in and out of the West African countries as they assist in battling this deadly virus. The White House has given many empty excuses for not issuing a travel ban. By refusing to institute a ban on grounds that some might try to violate it, the president is admitting defeat from the start. We cannot abdicate our responsibility to protect the American public simply because the task appears difficult. “We will continue to keep all those working to fight this deadly virus in our thoughts and prayers. Our first priority must continue to be the safety and well-being of the American public.” A recent Washington Post- ABC News poll showed that 91 percent of Americans support stricter screening of people entering the United States who have been in African countries affected by the outbreak, and 67 percent support completely restricting entry to people traveling from those countries. On Thursday, Smith joined fellow Texas Republicans in a letter to President Obama formally asking that a travel ban be put in place for those traveling from West African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak. Smith first called for officials to “review our policies for travel to and from the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak” after a Liberian man was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas in early October. Read More

Smith Supports Travel Ban to Stop Spread of Ebola

2014/10/16

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today joined fellow Texas Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama asking that he put a travel ban in place for those traveling from West African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak. In part, the letter reads: “Second guessing will not protect Texans and other Americans who are worried about the spread of Ebola in the United States. Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act gives you the authority to deny entry into the United States of any class of aliens whose entry 'would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.' We strongly urge you to use that authority to put in place a travel ban for individuals traveling from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. As you know, these countries have been struggling to contain the Ebola outbreak. According to the World Health Organization, the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and deadliest in recorded history and has killed more than 4,000 people. It is time to take proactive precautions to prevent additional Ebola cases from arriving on our shores. “Northeastern University Professor Alessandro Vespignani has developed a computer model that calculates the risk of Ebola being spread through air travel. According to his analysis, the United States is one of the top 16 countries at risk of Ebola from passengers arriving on commercial air flights. Professor Vespignani’s analysis went on to conclude that if we restrict air travel we reduce that risk by at least 50 percent. … “Implementing travel restrictions is the most effective way to prevent the continued spread of Ebola in this country. We strongly urge you to immediately use your authority to implement a travel ban and protect Americans from this deadly disease.” Smith previously called for officials to “review our policies for travel to and from the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak” after a Liberian man was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas earlier this month. Read More

Smith Statement on U.S. Ebola Case

2014/10/02

Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today released the following statement regarding the case of Ebola recently confirmed in Texas. “I’m glad to know that local, state, and federal officials are working to treat the patient and those he has come in contact with since re-entering the U.S. While we have compassion for those struggling with this terrible disease, our first priority must be the safety and well-being of Texans and the American public. That is why I believe it’s appropriate for us to review our policies for travel to and from the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.” ### Read More

Smith: Enforcing the Law is Not Optional

2014/10/01

San Antonio - Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement in response to an announcement that the U.S. Health and Human Services Department will spend $9 million of taxpayer funds to provide legal representation for immigrants who illegally entered the United States during the border surge this year. Congressman Smith: “The Obama Administration has again ignored our federal immigration laws, which prohibit federal funding of legal representation to illegal immigrants before Immigration Courts.  “Enforcing the law is not optional. If the President worked as hard to enforce our immigration laws as he does to consistently undermine them, he would not need to use millions in tax dollars from hard-working Americans to address the surge of illegal immigrants into Texas. “The American people agree. A recent Rasmussen survey found that seventy-one percent of voters believe illegal newcomers should not be eligible for government services and benefits.” ### Read More

Smith to Host Public Forum in Fredericksburg

2014/09/30

Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today announced he will host a public forum on Thursday, October 2nd, to provide a congressional update for Gillespie County residents on federal issues, including: terror threats and strikes against the Islamic State, border security, veterans issues, and government regulations. All members of the public are invited to participate. WHAT: Public Forum Hosted by Representative Lamar Smith WHEN: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 1-2 PM WHERE: Central Texas Electric Co-op, 386 Friendship Lane, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-0553 Read More

Smith to Host Public Forum in Kerrville

2014/09/30

Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today announced he will host a public forum on Thursday, October 2nd, to provide a congressional update for Kerr County residents on federal issues, including: terror threats and strikes against the Islamic State, border security, veterans issues, and government regulations. All members of the public are invited to participate. WHAT: Public Forum Hosted by Representative Lamar Smith WHEN: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 10-11 AM WHERE: Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028 Read More

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2409 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4236
Fax 202-225-8628
lamarsmith.house.gov

Lamar Smith represents the 21st Congressional District of Texas.

He serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The Committee oversees agency budgets of $39 billion, where the primary focus is on research and development.

Congressman Smith continues to serve on both the Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. He is a former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Ethics Committee.

In the last Congress, Congressman Smith was named Policymaker of the Year by POLITICO for his work on patent reform legislation.

A fifth generation Texan and native of San Antonio, Congressman Smith graduated from Yale University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. He and his wife, Beth, have an adult daughter and son.

The 21st Congressional District includes parts of Bexar, Travis, Comal and Hays Counties and all of Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr and Real Counties. The district’s population is about 700,000.  Congressman Smith maintains district offices in San Antonio, Austin and Kerrville.


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John Culberson

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