Rep. Lamar Smith

Representative from Texas’s 21st District, Republican

Smith, a Republican, has been the representative for Texas's 21st congressional district since Jan 6, 1987 (next election in 2016) (map).

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Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Smith has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Smith is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Smith for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Lamar Smith sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Smith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (23%) Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) Commerce (17%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Law (9%) Education (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 1987 to Jul 2016, Smith missed 547 of 18,590 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 4 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: