Lamar Smith

Lamar Smith


Smith Applauds Passage of Regulatory Relief Legislation


Washington, DC –  Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Regulatory Accountability Act” to provide relief to hardworking Americans by putting strong checks and balances on regulations from the executive branch.  

Federal regulations impose a nearly $2 trillion burden on Americans, which equates to roughly $15,000 per household. Costs and time spent on regulatory compliance weigh heavy on small businesses. Regulations created under the Obama administration were responsible for over 194 million hours spent on paperwork. These excessive mandates discourage innovators from starting new businesses and investing in existing ones.

The Regulatory Accountability Act includes six separate bills that have previously passed the house to reduce the costs imposed by regulations, require more transparency and time for public comment, evaluate less costly alternatives, and account for the impact regulations have on small businesses.

Congressman Smith wrote the original Regulatory Accountability Act in 2011 as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Smith: “When regulators create new rules, the often fail to analyze the full effects. This bill helps reduce the impact of heavy handed regulations on Americans and frees up time and resources for job creation. I look forward to working with President-Elect Trump and the Senate to continue to rein in regulations that hamper our economic growth.”

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Smith Supports Israel by Rejecting UN Resolution


Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith voted in support of H. Res. 11, which rejects the recent anti-Israel United Nations resolution. The House adopted the opposition measure by a vote of 342 to 80. The UN resolution condemned some Israeli settlements and called for immediate halt to further development. The Obama administration had the opportunity to veto the dangerous and counterproductive resolution in December but did not.

Rep. Smith: “It is regrettable that the Obama Administration abstained from vetoing the anti-Israel United Nations Security Council Resolution last month. This inaction significantly undermines the peace process. It fails to hold the Palestinian Authority accountable while simultaneously condemning Israel.

“I am happy to support this effort and am encouraged that the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 11. We must reaffirm our steadfast support of Israel, one of our oldest and strongest allies. And continue to support direct, bilateral peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.”


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Rep. Smith and House Vote to Adopt Rules for 115th Congress


Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith voted to pass H.Res. 5 to adopt the rules for the 115th Congress. The Rules Package did not include any changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).  The OCE’s independence and authority will remain unaltered. 

Rep. Smith: “Today marks the start to a new year full of opportunity. The rules we voted on today will govern all members of Congress as we take the votes this year that move us toward a safer, stronger and more prosperous nation. We should be held to the highest ethical standard as we represent the American people in Congress.”


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Smith Statement on Appointment of Rick Perry to Secretary of Energy


WASHINGTON – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today after President-elect Donald J. Trump announced former Texas Governor Rick Perry will lead the Department of Energy.

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “Rick Perry is an excellent choice to lead our nation’s Energy Department. He is a champion of energy development. As a former governor of Texas, Rick Perry has in-depth experience running a state with an economy that ranks 11th in the world.  Texas is an ‘all of the above’ energy state and is the largest producer of oil and gas in the country as well as the largest producer of wind energy.  The Science Committee that I chair has jurisdiction over the Energy Department’s research and development budget of $10 billion. I look forward to working with the former governor and the Trump administration to develop less costly energy for the American people and to advance the Department’s core scientific missions.”


Statement is also viewable on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee website here.

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Rep. Smith Votes for a Strong National Defense, Pay Raise for Troops


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) released the following statement after the House passed the conference report to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Article 1 Section VIII of the Constitution states the Congress is charged with providing for the common defense of the United States. Each year an updated bill is voted on to authorize what’s needed for a national defense best suited to protect and defend our country.

Rep. Smith: “Today the House took action on a bill that allows for the highest pay raise for our troops in six years.

"While serving our country, service members need the ability to train for and execute their missions without being limited by an arbitrary lack of resources. In addition to increasing personnel, this bill provides the means to improve readiness and maintenance so troops can do their jobs safely and effectively.

"We also voted to strengthen military health care – ensuring no TRICARE increases for those currently serving and requiring full disclosure for any changes for those that join the military in the future.

"The bill keeps Guantanamo Bay open and prohibits transferring Guantanamo detainees to American soil. It also improves our ability to fight ISIS through counterterrorism and prioritizes strong cybersecurity defense.”


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Smith Statement on FBI’s Reopening of Clinton Email Investigation


WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, today released the following statement following the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) announcement that it has reopened its investigation of the use of an insecure, private email server to conduct official business by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “A smoking gun has long been evident in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and the decision to reopen the investigation is a step in the right direction to determine who pulled the trigger.  On September 28 at a Congressional hearing, I called on FBI Director Comey to reopen the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server because of the many unanswered questions that remained after its initial inquiry closed.  Today’s news that the FBI has discovered new information that has led it to determine that its investigation is incomplete and requires additional review by FBI investigators is a welcome and overdue development. 

“Throughout the investigation of the security of former Secretary Clinton’s private server, the committee’s inquiries have been met with resistance and obstruction by companies and organizations associated with former Secretary Clinton.  Given this reasoning, I recently announced that the committee intends to hold her private server company, Platte River Networks, in contempt of Congress.

“The American people deserve a transparent government and the assurance that our nation’s security will not be jeopardized. I look forward to continuing the committee’s investigation into the security of former Secretary Clinton’s private email server.”


On Oct. 20, Smith announced plans to hold the company that set up and maintained former Secretary Clinton’s private server, Platte River Networks, in contempt of Congress. 

At a Sept. 28 House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Smith urged FBI Director James Comey to reopen the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

On Sept. 20, Rep. Smith issued a subpoena to FBI Director Comey for documents and information related to the security of Clinton’s private email account and server. The Committee requested these documents in a Sept. 9 letter. Director Comey has failed to produce any documents pursuant to the previous request.

On Aug. 22, Smith issued subpoenas to the three companies who maintain former Secretary Clinton’s private server with the support of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, after the companies failed to comply with the Science Committee’s voluntary request for documents and interviews.

Smith’s subpoenas built on July 12 bicameral efforts to request information and earlier investigations initiated separately by Chairman Smith and Chairman Johnson.

The Science Committee has jurisdiction over the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which sets standards pursuant to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA). The materials subpoenaed by the Science Committee center exactly around the Committee’s jurisdiction over cybersecurity standards in FISMA.

Release also viewable at​ 

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Rep. Smith Presented “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”


WASHINGTON – This week Congressman Smith was recognized by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for having a strong voting record on lowering taxes and limiting government. Rep. Smith is one of the few members on Capitol Hill whose votes during the past legislative session are worthy of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for 2015.

Rep. Smith said of the award: “Americans deserve a fairer, simpler tax system and our economy needs tax relief. The best way to refuel the economy and keep Texas competitive and growing is to reduce taxes. I will continue to support policies that reduce the tax burden on Americans and reign in the government’s spending.”

NTU has recognized Representatives and Senators since 1979 whose voting record deems them a “Taxpayers’ Friend.” Only 14 Senate and 43 House Members won the award for 2015.

Every roll call vote in Congress affecting fiscal policy is analyzed by NTU and the “Taxpayer Score” is based on how each Member of Congress has stood up for controlling federal spending, taxes, debt and regulations. In 2015, NTU’s scorecard looked at 141 Senate and 267 House votes.

Pete Sepp, President of NTU commented, “Winning the Taxpayers’ Friend Award is no easy feat. It takes a daily commitment to cast principled votes that put the Americans who pay government’s bills first. Congressman Smith has proven he has what it takes to help make Washington work for taxpayers again.”

“Rep. Smith’s pro- taxpayer A rating was one of the best on all of Capitol Hill. Through his consistent voting record, Smith showed his colleagues the way to lower deficits, less burdensome taxes, and a stronger economy. If every Member of Congress had voted as conscientiously as the Congressman did last year, taxpayers could have looked forward to a much more prosperous future,” Sepp concluded.


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Smith Calls for FBI to Reopen Clinton Investigation


WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, today urged FBI Director James Comey to reopen the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

At today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing titled Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rep. Smith questioned Director Comey and described several recent developments that would justify a reopening of the investigation, including:

  • Reports that an employee at a company that managed former Secretary Clinton’s private email server said on the forum, “ . . . I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived emails….” This same employee called a new retention policy designed to delete emails after 60 days a “Hillary cover-up operation.”
  • A former Clinton Foundation employee who also managed the Clinton server destroyed devices used by Clinton by smashing them with a hammer.
  • Two employees involved in maintaining the Clinton server recently pleading the Fifth Amendment to Congress to avoid self-incrimination.

Rep. Smith also urged Director Comey to ensure that the FBI complied with the Science Committee’s recent subpoena of documents related to the server.

Video of Chairman Smith Calls on Director Comey to Reopen FBI Investigation into Clinton Email Server

Click HERE to watch Rep. Smith’s exchange with Director Comey.


On Sept. 20, Rep. Smith issued a subpoena to FBI Director Comey for documents and information related to the security of Clinton’s private email account and server. The Committee requested these documents in a Sept. 9 letter. Director Comey has failed to produce any documents pursuant to the previous request.

The Science Committee has jurisdiction over the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which sets standards for the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014. The materials subpoenaed by the Science Committee center exactly around the Committee’s jurisdiction over cybersecurity standards in the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014.

### - contact Kristina Baum for more information

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Smith: The President’s Ransom Put Americans Abroad at Risk


WASHINGTON – On Thursday evening, Congressman Lamar Smith voted in support of Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (H.R. 5931) of which he is a cosponsor.

Congressman Smith: “Earlier this year, the Obama administration made an undisclosed $400 million cash payment to Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. President Obama again bypassed Congress and secretly financed our enemies, who might well use the funds for terrorist activity.”

H.R. 5931 prohibits the United States Government from making any cash payments to the Government of Iran until the President certifies Iran is not a primary money laundering concern or a state sponsor of terrorism. The bill states that the policy of the United States Government is not to pay ransom or release prisoners for the purpose of securing the release of United States citizens taken hostage abroad.


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Smith: President’s immigration policies put Americans at risk


WASHINGTON – Rep. Lamar Smith, member and former chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following statement today at the hearing “Oversight of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” Agency director Sarah Saldaña testified at the hearing.

Rep. Smith: President's immigration policies put Americans at risk
Statement Video

As delivered:

I am going to use my question time to make a statement because after eight years of asking Obama Administration officials why they refuse to enforce our immigration laws, I am confident that the Committee still won’t receive satisfactory answers today. 

The president’s immigration policies continue to put innocent Americans at risk.  The administration has ignored laws, failed to enforce laws, undermined laws, and unconstitutionally changed immigration laws.

Among these dangerous policies is the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, which requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to release criminal immigrants into our neighborhoods where inevitably they commit additional crimes. 

Over the last three years, ICE has released 86,000 criminal immigrants into our communities.  They had been convicted of over 230,000 crimes, which include homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, driving under the influence, and other serious crimes. 

Over 30 percent will be arrested again for killing or injuring more innocent Americans.  The administration’s intentional release of criminal immigrants amounts to the largest jailbreak in American history.  And every day Americans across the country are paying a steep price.

Last year ICE deported a total of 235,000 illegal immigrants, the lowest number in ten years.  This was only 2 percent of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.  Of these, only about 70,000 were interior removals. 

Under the current administration, ICE has started counting turnbacks at the border as traditional interior removals in an attempt to pad their deportation numbers.  Previous presidents did not count turnbacks as deportations.  But then no president has done so little to enforce immigration laws. 

Investigation of immigrants who overstay their visas has disappeared.  At least 40 percent of the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the country entered legally and overstayed their visas.   

Yet ICE only deported 2,456 visa overstayers in 2015.  That is less than one-tenth of one percent of the total number of visa overstayers.

In addition, the administration has done nothing to hold any of the three hundred sanctuary cities accountable.  These local governments violate federal law when they refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in the apprehension and deportation of illegal immigrants. 

Congress mandated the cooperation of local officials in an immigration enforcement bill in 1996.  I know, I wrote the law. 

Tragically, the number of sanctuary cities has exploded under the Obama Administration.  During testimony at our last oversight hearing, Director Saldana couldn’t name a single instance in which ICE tried to prevent a jurisdiction from becoming a sanctuary for criminal immigrants.  The lawlessness of these sanctuary jurisdictions has had disastrous consequences. 

Last year Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a five times deported career felon, shot and killed Kathryn Steinle.  Lopez-Sanchez was set free to prey on innocent Americans, like Ms. Steinle, because of San Francisco’s sanctuary law. 

Unfortunately, similar tragedies have occurred across the country as a result of these laws.  So add these casualties to the current list of Americans who have become victims because of President Obama’s immigration policies.

These facts and figures demonstrate that enforcement of our immigration laws runs contrary to the Obama Administration’s amnesty agenda.  Until the immigration policies of this administration are overturned, illegal immigrants will continue to victimize innocent Americans.


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Rep. Smith: Has the Media Learned Any Lessons?

2016-11-15 18:15:52

Rep Smith and Sheriff Pamerleau discuss Oct. 19 Community Safety Event

2016-10-18 14:10:08

Rep. Smith: President's immigration policies put Americans at risk

2016-09-22 16:01:16

Smith: IRS conduct "abuse of office," "attack on freedom of speech"

2016-09-22 14:18:07

Media Fairness Caucus (MFC): Floor Speech - The Media Shows Their Bias

2016-09-13 21:11:58

Media Fairness Caucus (MFC): Poll - Americans Believe the Media is Biased

2016-09-13 21:05:29

Rep. Smith Speaks on FBI's notes from interviewing Hillary Clinton

2016-09-13 19:28:02

Media Fairness Caucus (MFC): Is Facebook Suppressing Conservative Views?

2016-07-15 21:01:49

Media Fairness Caucus (MFC): Networks' Coverage of Orlando Attack Biased

2016-07-15 20:40:23

Smith: Ginsburg Showed Bad Judgement

2016-07-15 20:33:11

Rep. Smith Questions FBI Director Comey at Homeland Security Hearing

2016-07-14 21:38:02

Administration's Immigration Policies Hurt Americans

2016-07-06 19:45:24

Smith Questions Feds on Immigrant Visa Overstays

2016-06-15 20:11:50

Rep. Smith's Memorial Day Message

2016-06-01 16:43:00

Media Fairness Caucus (MFC): Media Fails to Cover Court's Obamacare Decision

2016-05-17 18:56:00

Media Fairness Caucus (MFC): Rep. Smith on Facebook's Censoring of Conservative Media

2016-05-11 21:38:09

Rep. Smith Questions Witness on EPAs Predetermined Efforts to Block the Pebble Mine

2016-04-29 19:46:41

Rep. Smith Statement at Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on Criminal Aliens

2016-04-20 12:59:33

Smith Speaks on House Resolution to 'Reinforce the Rule of Law'

2016-03-17 15:58:57

Last Man on the Moon Gene Cernan Praises Chairman Smith's Support of U.S. Space Leadership

2016-02-24 16:07:03

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Washington, DC 20515
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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 Ratcliffe


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Joe Barton


John Culberson


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Michael McCaul


Michael Conaway


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Randy Weber


Bill Flores


Randy Neugebauer


Pete Olson


Will Hurd


Kenny Marchant


Roger Williams


Michael Burgess


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