Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Dec 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) joined Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas) in introducing H.R. 4197, the State Refugee Security Act of 2015, a companion bill to Senator Ted Cruz’s legislation (S. 2363).

Dec 10, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC - U.S. Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) today introduced legislation that would temporarily halt the refugee resettlement program by cutting off funding for any resettlement activity. 

Dec 8, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after voting for the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.  

Dec 3, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C.Today the Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing to examine H.R. 4084, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act.

Dec 3, 2015 Press Release

“Our nation is presented with serious economic and security threats emanating from our refugee resettlement programs.  Congress cannot, and must not, issue a blank check to [the office of Refugee Resettlement], especially at a time when the Administration is actively in defiance of federal law.”

Dec 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement after voting to support two Senate-passed measures that block job-killing EPA regulations: the Congressional Disapproval of the EPA’s CO2 Rule for Existing Power Plants (S.J. Res.

Nov 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin (R-Texas) today praised a private space company’s successful test of a reusable rocket at a test facility in West Texas.

Nov 19, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act, with an almost veto-proof majority.

In The News

Jul 19, 2011 In The News

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, two out of three Americans believe our country is on the wrong track and nearly six in 10 say that the economy has not even started to recover. Under President Obama, 20 million Americans are out of work, underemployed, or given up looking for a job.


Jul 5, 2011 In The News

NEW BRAUNFELS ” New Braunfelsers ” young, old and in-between ” took time to give thanks and honor their country Monday morning by celebrating its 235th birthday with a parade and ceremony on Main Plaza.


The festive flair trumped the warm, humid weather, as hundreds lined the parades short route, which began at 9:15 a.m. and reflected the spirit of the Fourth.


Jul 4, 2011 In The News

Residents of the 21st congressional district and nearly all of Texas continue to face a severe drought, which is bringing about ever-tightening water restrictions. Overall, this drought has already been rated as the 3rd harshest in Texas history ” October through May proved to be the driest period in modern recorded history.

Jun 16, 2011 In The News

The importance of patent reform
By: Rep. Lamar Smith and Sen. Patrick Leahy

Jun 13, 2011 In The News

E-Verify works; let's use it

The voluntary program allows employers to electronically verify the work eligibility status of new employees, whose Social Security and alien ID numbers are checked against U.S. records. A photo-matching tool also deters fraud.


By Chairman Lamar Smith and Representative Elton Gallegly

May 4, 2011 In The News

(WASHINGTON) “ Congressman Lamar Smith today was named Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.


Apr 23, 2011 In The News
By Gary Martin/
Updated 12:01 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2011

Delays, layovers and connecting flights: The San Antonio congressional delegation is demanding some respect in the skies above the nation's capital.

Apr 8, 2011 In The News
Congressman Lamar Smith discusses the budget debate, domestic energy production, and military commissions for 9/11 co-conspirators with Joe Pags of WOAI.
Mar 3, 2011 In The News
Lamar Smith: Immigration's taskmaster
By George F. Will

During Lamar Smith's first 18 years in Congress, the view from his office was of a parking lot. Now, in his 13th term, he looks out upon the Capitol dome. Seniority confers perquisites.