Lamar (Lamar) S. Smith (R-USH21)
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Capitol: 202.225.4236
FAX: 202.225.8628
District: 830.896.0154
District FAX: 830.896.0168
Room 2409 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4321

Residence: San Antonio, TX
Elected: 1986    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Elizabeth (Beth) Schaefer   DOB: 11/19/1947
Committee Assignments
ChairmanCongressional Media Fairness Caucus
ChairmanHouse Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Border Security Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Reclaim American Jobs Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Civil Justice Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Co-ChairSOS Group
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
FC MemberCongressional Flat Tax Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press
FC MemberCongressional Tennis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberConservative Opportunity Society
FC MemberCongressional Songwriters Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Oversight
FC MemberCongressional Nanotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Research and Technology
FC MemberCongressional Texas Maritime Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Environment
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Energy
FC MemberFriends of Scotland Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Space
FC MemberCongressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus
FC MemberDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
FC MemberHouse Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberHouse Republican New Media Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberZero Capital Gains Tax Caucus
FC MemberAnti-Value Added Tax Caucus (Anti-VAT Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberTea (Taxed Enough Already) Party Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberJoint Strike Fighter Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Immigration Reform Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Western Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prayer Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberRepublican Study Committee (RSC)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Counties Representing
Bandera / Bexar / Blanco / Comal / Gillespie / Hays / Kendall / Kerr / Real / Travis


Lamar Smith represents the 21st Congressional District of Texas.

He serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over NASA, the Department of Energy including its 17 national laboratories, 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 about $40 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, making him the only current member of Congress to have chaired three committees. He also founded the Border Security Caucus and Media Fairness Caucus. Representative Smith was ranked the most effective member of the House in the 112th Congress (2011-2012) in a study jointly conducted by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. According to the same study, he was ranked in the top 10 percent in effectiveness in the last eight Republican Congresses. He also has been 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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