Smith, a Republican, is the representative for Texas's 21st congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 6, 1987. Smith is next up for reelection in 2018.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Smith.
Smith is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Smith has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Lamar Smith sits on the following committees:
- Chair, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
House Committee on Homeland Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
- House Committee on the Judiciary
Smith was the primary sponsor of 40 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 6490 (114th): American Innovation and Competitiveness Act
- H.R. 3033 (114th): Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act
- H.R. 1020 (114th): STEM Education Act of 2015
- H.R. 2559 (114th): To designate the “PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway” in the State of Texas.
- H.R. 2604 (114th): Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015
- H.R. 3547 (113th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
- H.R. 3386 (113th): Accuracy for Adoptees Act
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Smith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3775: Immigration in the National Interest Act of 2017
- H.R. 3711: Legal Workforce Act
- H.R. 2809: American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017
- H.R. 1494: PACT Act
- H.R. 1430: HONEST Act
- H.Res. 122: Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology ...
- H.R. 720: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017
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H.Res. 660: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives to support the territorial integrity of Georgia.
Sep 8, 2016. Passed 410/6.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
Feb 27, 2015. Passed 357/60.
This bill was the vehicle for the passage of continuing appropriations. This bill started out as the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. It was passed by the House in this form. But on Feb 27, 2015 the Senate struck its text in whole ...
H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
H.R. 3246 (110th): Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007
Oct 4, 2007. Passed 264/154.
From Jan 1987 to Nov 2017, Smith missed 568 of 19,371 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills