Lamar S. Smith

Lamar S. Smith REPRepublican

American politician

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Lamar S. SmithREPRepublican American politician
76
Years of Age
34
Years of Experience
TXResidence (state)

Lamar Seeligson Smith (born November 19, 1947) is an American politician and lobbyist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 21st congressional district for 16 terms, a district including most of the wealthier sections of San Antonio and Austin, as well as some of the Texas Hill Country. He is a member of the Republican Party. He sponsored the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act (PCIP). He also co-sponsored the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act.As the head of the House Science Committee, Smith has been criticized for his denial of, and promotion of conspiracy theories about, climate change and for receiving funding from oil and gas companies. He is a former contributor to Breitbart News, a website known for publishing dubious claims about climate change.In November 2017, Smith announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, and not seek re-election in 2018. In 2021, Smith registered as a lobbyist for the surveillance firm HawkEye 360 on behalf of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. In 2022, he officially registered as a foreign agent.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$563,771
Total Raised
$583,601
Total Spent
$562,627
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Oil & Gas$68,450
44%
Lawyers/Law Firms$30,075
41%
Retired$28,400
34%
Construction Services$23,800
33%
Health Professionals$23,050
33%
TV/Movies/Music$22,550
30%
Defense Aerospace$21,000
30%
Insurance$20,900
28%
Real Estate$19,265
27%
Beer, Wine & Liquor$18,800
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education7 - 7 of 5
Southern Methodist University
Juris Doctor
1975
TMI — The Episcopal School of Texas
1965
Yale University
Bachelor of Arts
1969
Ezra Stiles College
Dedman School of Law
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1986 - 2019
Representative
Texas State House of Representatives
1981 - 1982
Business
Christian Science Monitor
1970 - 1972
Management Intern
Small Business Administration
1969 - 1970
Attorney
Law Firm of Maebius and Duncan, San Antonio
Partner
Lamar Seeligson Ranch
Other Experience1 - 17 of 17
Commissioner's Court
Bexar County
1983 - 1985
Chair
Republican Party, Bexar County
1978 - 1982
Former Chair
Ethics Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Budget Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Chair
Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Chair
Science, Space, and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Homeland Security Committee, United States House of Representatives
Member
Economic Task Force, House Grand Old Party
Member
Homeland Security Committee
Member
House Republican Steering Committee
Member
Tea Party Caucus
Member
Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
Member
Congressional Grace Caucus