Congressman Smith Awarded for “Empowering Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders”
Congressman Smith speaks at the 2017 Statesmanship Dinner.
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) received the 2017 Statesmanship Award for “Empowering Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders” by the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC).
This award is bipartisan and given each year to Democrat and Republican current or former Members of Congress to recognize their distinguished Congressional service and commitment to improving the lives of others.
“As Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and Representative from the great state of Texas, Congressman Smith knows the value of educating the next generation to be leaders in a technology driven global market, said Cliff Stearns, President of the FMC and former Member of Congress. “Rep. Smith distinguishes himself as an inventive policymaker and we wholeheartedly share his dedication to promoting a bipartisan approach to the technological issues facing our world today and educating young leaders in the process.”
Congressman Smith said, “I thank my colleagues and former Members of Congress for this great honor. Only by working together have we been able to pass landmark Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) legislation.
“Unfortunately, America lags behind many other nations when it comes to STEM education. That’s why we’ve worked to expand the definition of STEM, encourage students to study these subjects and train more teachers. All our bills on the Committee have been designed to help young people get good jobs, contribute to the economy, and help the United States compete globally.”
Every year for nearly two decades, the Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner hosted by the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) has recognized outstanding individuals and organizations who exemplify courage, commitment and passion for furthering democracy, and who have demonstrated a life-long dedication to service.