Lamar Smith

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Smith: EPA Failing to Comply with Congressional Investigation

2015/08/25

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency failed to provide documents and communication the Committee requested by August 24th concerning the agency’s involvement in the Gold King Mine spill.   

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Smith: EPA Must Answer for Animas River Spill

2015/08/21

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today announced a Committee request for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to testify at an upcoming hearing on the agency’s role in the Animas River spill.

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Smith Statement on EPA Methane Rule

2015/08/18

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans for new regulations restricting methane emissions. The proposed rule would impose costly new restrictions on oil and natural gas, despite industry efforts that have already drastically reduced emissions in recent years.

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Smith’s Soldier Bill to Become Law

2015/08/06

A bill introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to rename a stretch of highway after a Medal of Honor recipient  passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent and now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law. The bill will rename part of I-10 in Kendall County in honor of PFC Milton A. Lee who died in combat in Vietnam on April 26, 1968, at the age of 19. Lee was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House in 1970 for ‘conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.’ He is buried at Ft.

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Smith Demands Answers on Iran Deal

2015/08/04

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today joined colleagues in submitting a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear agreement under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. In addition to the resolution, Smith also joined Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and 91 colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama demanding the text of side deals with Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) be delivered to Congress.

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Smith Statement on EPA Power Plant Regulation

2015/08/03

Washington D.C. – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the president announced the EPA’s final rule to regulate emissions from U.S. power plants. The final rule goes a step further than drafts issued in 2013 and last summer, mandating power plants cut an average of 32 percent of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The rule is estimated to cost Americans $8.4 billion annually, making it one of the most costly rules of all time.

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Smith, Brownley: Clarify Current Law on Dyslexia Resources

2015/07/31

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), along with 26 other members of Congress, today sent a bi-partisan letter to the U.S. Department of Education requesting the Department communicate with states and school districts regarding dyslexia resources that are currently available.

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Smith Votes to Keep Promises to Veterans

2015/07/30

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) this week voted for several bills to improve care for veterans and hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable.

Rep. Lamar Smith recently joined Honor Flight San Antonio de Valero at a welcome home ceremony for World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans.

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Smith Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ensure NSF Research Advances ‘National Interest’

2015/07/29

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today introduced the Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accountable to the taxpayers about how their hard-earned dollars are spent.  The bill requires that each NSF public announcement of a grant award be accompanied by a non-technical explanation of the project’s scientific m

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Smith: Hand American People the REINS

2015/07/29

Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) this week joined House Republicans in voting to rein in out-of-control federal regulations that burden small businesses and job creators.  The House of Representatives passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 427) for the third straight congressional session.

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Smith Discusses Toxic EPA Spill on Varney & Co

2015-08-12 19:27:05


Smith Speaks Out Against Iran Deal

2015-07-24 17:57:32


Smith Speaks in Support of Bill to Hold Sanctuary Cities Accountable

2015-07-23 19:10:50


Rep. Smith at Judiciary Hearing on Sanctuary Cities: “These victims are innocent Americans”

2015-07-23 17:38:56


Smith: Obama administration releasing criminal illegal immigrants by “tens of thousands”

2015-07-16 20:12:28


Smith ‘Appalled’ DHS Head Can’t Say Whether Sanctuary Cities Violate Federal Law

2015-07-14 19:15:43


Chairman Smith Questions EPA Administrator on Previously Requested Documents

2015-07-10 20:08:12


Smith Amendment Combats EPA Obstruction with Budget Cuts

2015-07-07 22:33:34


Smith Speaks Out Against Sanctuary Cities

2015-07-07 18:30:26


Smith Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare

2015-06-25 15:11:09


Chairman Smith Speaks on Devastating Impacts of Obama Administration’s Extreme Power Regulations

2015-06-24 15:16:41


Smith Bill Renames Stretch of Highway in Memory of Vietnam-era Veteran

2015-06-15 21:09:03


Opening Remarks from Rep. Smith and Chairman Miller

2015-06-05 15:29:19


Smith Advocates for Weather Forecasting Improvements

2015-06-02 22:05:55


Smith Discusses Devastation from Texas Flooding

2015-05-27 17:45:04


Smith Questions Experts at Hearing on President’s UN Climate Pledge

2015-04-15 19:54:41


Smith Statement at Hearing on President’s UN Climate Pledge

2015-04-15 19:11:23


Smith to ICE Director: Why Did the Administration Endanger the Lives of Innocent Americans?

2015-04-14 17:22:43


E-Verify: An Easy Way for Employers to Ensure Hires are Legal

2015-02-27 19:39:31


Chairman Smith Speaks in Favor of FY15 NASA Authorization Bill

2015-02-10 22:09:29


Contact Information

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.


Serving With

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TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

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John Ratcliffe

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Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

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Pete Olson

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Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

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