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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Lamar Seeligson Smith, a Republican, has represented the Twenty-First Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives since 1986.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Smith voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

OPEN Government Act

On March 5, 2007, Smith introduced the OPEN Government Act of 2007, a bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, in the House. It was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Main article: OPEN Government Act of 2007

Cape Cod Residence

Lamar Smith purportedly spends most of his time on Cape Cod. His house on the Cape, close to the Kennedy Family compound at Hyannisport, is valued at somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000, according to his Financial Disclosure Statement for the Calendar Year 2005[1], easily more than his residence in his own district, valued at $190,000, according to the Bexar County Appraisal District [2].

Views on Immigration

In September of 2005, a fax intended for Karl Rove was intercepted in which Lamar Smith stated:

"Immigration needs to be considered in the context of: (1). Media Bias, (2). Animosity toward the president and (3) the feelings of the Republican base."

Smith is a member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims as well as the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity. No issues regarding the legislative jurisdiction of these committees were mentioned in the memo.

Smith also suggests that "Liberals can easily and accurately be painted as opposing enforcement." [3]

Orphan works copyright legislation

On May 22, 2006, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), then ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, introduced the Orphan Works Act of 2006 (H.R. 5439). [2] The bill would “limit the remedies available in a copyright infringement action if the infringer proves that: (1) the infringer performed and documented a reasonably diligent search in good faith to locate the copyright owner before using the work, but was unable to locate the owner; and (2) the infringing use of the work provided attribution to the author and owner of the copyright, if known.” [3]

The bill received no cosponsors, was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and never received a vote on the floor. [4]

On September 12, 2006, Smith introduced the Copyright Modernization Act of 2006, (H.R. 6052) which would “amend title 17, United States Code, to provide for licensing of digital delivery of musical works and to provide for limitation of remedies in cases in which the copyright owner cannot be located, and for other purposes.” [5]

The bill included the orphan works provisions originally introduced in the Orphan Works Act of 2006, and also included other measures regarding intellectual property rights.[6][7] Like his other bill, Smith's measure attracted no cosponsors, was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and never received a vote on the floor. [8]

Main article: orphan works legislation

DC voting rights

When the District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007 passsed the House on April 19, 2007, with a vote of 241-177, Rep. Smith filed a motion to recommit to require an expedited judicial review for the legislation, which many Republican members said is unconstitutional. The motion, however, failed.

Main article: District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007



Smith was born November 19, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from T.M.I., The Episcopal School of Texas and Yale University. Smith was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican in 1980. He served as Bexar County, Texas commissioner from 1982 to 1985. Smith is a follower of Christian Science.

Congressional Career

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986.

Positions and Views

A conservative, Smith has advocated ways to reduce illegal immigration and has opposed proposals by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to offer legal status to some categories of immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated John Courage, and the Libertarian Party nominated James Arthur Strohm to face Smith in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Smith retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Smithers Merchant Builders$ 17,800
iHeartMedia Inc$ 12,800
National Cattlemen's Beef Assn$ 12,000
Alliant Techsystems$ 11,409
Nustar Energy$ 11,200
Boeing Co$ 11,000
Barger Broadcast Investments$ 10,400
Frontier Truck Gear$ 10,400
Pioneer Drilling$ 10,400
American Institute of CPAs$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Lamar Smith
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Assistant Whip
  • Congressional Grace Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
  • House G.O.P. Economic Task Force

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More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Lamar Smith. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2409 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4236 Fax: 202-225-8628
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District offices
  • 13333-A Highway 71 West, Room 100 Austin, TX 78738
    Ph: 512-402-9743 Fax: (none entered)
  • Guaranty Bank Building 1100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio, TX 78209
    Ph: 210-821-5024 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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  • Post Office Box 6155 San Antonio, TX 78209
    Ph: 210-826-1085 Fax: (none entered)

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