Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Jun 9, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) joined his Texas colleagues in Congress by sending a letter to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Travis and 11 other Texas counties in light of the recent severe weather and flo

Jun 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-5) sent a letter to House appropriators urging them to prioritize support for K-12 computer science education.

May 25, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today it was announced authorization has been given to begin construction on a new federal courthouse in San Antonio for the Western District of Texas.

May 25, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith today announced that he has received the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry.

May 24, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and a bipartisan group of Texas members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of the City of Austin’s application for the

May 20, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and a bipartisan group of Texas members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald requesting answers and action on

May 19, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today sent a letter to the Library of Congress on their misguided decision to eliminate the terms “illegal aliens” and “alien” from subject heading and search classifications.

May 18, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after voting in support of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, which passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 277-147.

May 13, 2016 Floor Statements

Mr. Speaker, a new report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reveals that last year the Obama administration released 20,000 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes into our communities.  Together, they had committed 64,000 crimes, including kidnapping, homicide, drunken driving, and sexual assault.

May 12, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) released the following statement after a U.S. District Court sided with congressional Republicans who have challenged the implementation of Obamacare.

In The News

Jan 8, 2017 In The News

COLLEGE STATION- Morrigan Land, a 2013 graduate of New Braunfels High School recently began a spring 2017 internship in Washington, D.C. 

Morrigan will spend the spring as an integral part of the Office of Congressman Lamar Smith.

Dec 21, 2016 In The News

SAN ANTONIO – After years of public pressure, the Department of Veterans Affairs is releasing ratings for each of its medical centers around the country.

Mar 15, 2016 In The News

How can the federal government secure the border when it can’t even keep convicted murderers behind bars?

Mar 10, 2016 In The News

Last week, Astronaut Scott Kelly returned from an almost one-year mission to test the effects of space travel on the human body. Kelly's experiment directly contributes to our understanding of the challenges NASA must overcome to send astronauts to deep-space destinations like Mars. And one of our best opportunities to go there is right around the corner.

Mar 9, 2016 In The News

Congress should be wary of reducing federal prison sentences. Unfortunately, much of the discussion on sentencing laws has focused on the criminals. What about the victims of their crimes? What about the dangers of putting these offenders back out on the streets where many prey again on law-abiding citizens?

Mar 3, 2016 In The News

Remember the university professor who wanted the government to use the RICO law created to prosecute mobsters as a tool against global-warming dissenters? Well, taxpayers may be the ones calling for an investigation after examining the nonprofit venture that George Mason University Professor Jagadish Shukla has been running with generous government funding.

Feb 25, 2016 In The News

I recently took a group of members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus to our Southern border. I founded this group in 2014 so that Members of Congress could join forces in pursuing “border security first” solutions to our illegal immigration problems. In McAllen, Texas, we received an updated briefing on the challenges that our border patrol agents and states like Texas face.

Feb 6, 2016 In The News

Members of the Border Security Caucus bashed the Obama administration on Friday for dismantling immigration policies.