U.S. Rep. District 21 - Republican
(This biography excerpted from candidate website)
A lifetime Texan, Congressman Lamar Smith represents the 21st District of Texas, which runs from north Bexar County to south Travis County and west into the Texas Hill Country. As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Smith works every day to defend the Constitution. He has introduced and supported legislation to foster job growth, rein in government spending, spur innovation, and secure our borders.
Congressman Smith also works for the interests of the district through his service on the Homeland Security and Science Committees. Recognized for his fairness and common sense judgment, Congressman Smith has earned the respect of the leaders of the House of Representatives and has previously served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee. His Texas Republican colleagues also chose him to serve as their representative on the Republican Steering Committee which determines committee assignments and chairmanships.
His constituents and many others have recognized him for his work on behalf of the district. National Journal named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. He has received the “Member of the Year” Award from the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, the “Spirit of Enterprise” Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Information Technology Industry Council, the “Cyber Champion” Award from the Business Software Alliance, and the “Defenders of Property Rights” Award from Defenders of Property Rights. Late last year he was named Policymaker of the Year by Politico.
Lamar Smith received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. Before serving in Congress, Smith served Central Texans as a state representative and a county commissioner. Before entering public service, he managed a family ranch and practiced law. Lamar and his wife, Beth, have two grown children.