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Lamar Smith currently serves the 21th Congressional district of Texas

Lamar Seeligson Smith, a Republican, has represented the Twenty-First Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives since 1986. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Smith voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

OPEN Government Act

On March 5, 2007, Smith introduced the OPEN Government Act of 2007, a bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, in the House. It was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Main article: OPEN Government Act of 2007

Cape Cod Residence

Lamar Smith purportedly spends most of his time on Cape Cod. His house on the Cape, close to the Kennedy Family compound at Hyannisport, is valued at somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000, according to his Financial Disclosure Statement for the Calendar Year 2005[1], easily more than his residence in his own district, valued at $190,000, according to the Bexar County Appraisal District [2].

Views on Immigration

In September of 2005, a fax intended for Karl Rove was intercepted in which Lamar Smith stated:

"Immigration needs to be considered in the context of: (1). Media Bias, (2). Animosity toward the president and (3) the feelings of the Republican base."

Smith is a member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims as well as the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity. No issues regarding the legislative jurisdiction of these committees were mentioned in the memo.

Smith also suggests that "Liberals can easily and accurately be painted as opposing enforcement." [3]

Orphan works copyright legislation

On May 22, 2006, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), then ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, introduced the Orphan Works Act of 2006 (H.R. 5439). [2] The bill would “limit the remedies available in a copyright infringement action if the infringer proves that: (1) the infringer performed and documented a reasonably diligent search in good faith to locate the copyright owner before using the work, but was unable to locate the owner; and (2) the infringing use of the work provided attribution to the author and owner of the copyright, if known.” [3]

The bill received no cosponsors, was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and never received a vote on the floor. [4]

On September 12, 2006, Smith introduced the Copyright Modernization Act of 2006, (H.R. 6052) which would “amend title 17, United States Code, to provide for licensing of digital delivery of musical works and to provide for limitation of remedies in cases in which the copyright owner cannot be located, and for other purposes.” [5]

The bill included the orphan works provisions originally introduced in the Orphan Works Act of 2006, and also included other measures regarding intellectual property rights.[6][7] Like his other bill, Smith's measure attracted no cosponsors, was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and never received a vote on the floor. [8]

Main article: orphan works legislation

DC voting rights

When the District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007 passsed the House on April 19, 2007, with a vote of 241-177, Rep. Smith filed a motion to recommit to require an expedited judicial review for the legislation, which many Republican members said is unconstitutional. The motion, however, failed.

Main article: District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007

Bio

Background

Smith was born November 19, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from T.M.I., The Episcopal School of Texas and Yale University. Smith was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican in 1980. He served as Bexar County, Texas commissioner from 1982 to 1985. Smith is a follower of Christian Science.

Congressional Career

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986.

Positions and Views

A conservative, Smith has advocated ways to reduce illegal immigration and has opposed proposals by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to offer legal status to some categories of immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated John Courage, and the Libertarian Party nominated James Arthur Strohm to face Smith in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Smith retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00001811&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Lamar Smith
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Assistant Whip
  • Congressional Grace Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
  • House G.O.P. Economic Task Force

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Lamar Smith. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
2184 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4236
Fax: 202-225-8628
Web Email
Website

District Office - Austin:
13333-A Highway 71 West, Room 100
Austin, TX 78738
Phone: 512-402-9743
Fax: 512-402-9867

District Office - San Antonio:
Guaranty Bank Building
1100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 640
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-821-5024
Fax: 210-821-5947

Campaign Office:
Post Office Box 6155
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-826-1085

Articles and resources

Articles

Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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House Committee on the Judiciary
Caucuses:
Congressional Grace Caucus, Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on the Judiciary, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Courts the Internet and Intellectual Property, House Committee on Science and Technology
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 1986
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1987
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Bexar County Commissioners Court, Texas House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 13333-A Highway 71 West, Room 100 Austin, TX 78738
Phone: 512-402-9743 / Fax: 512-402-9867
2. Guaranty Bank Building 1100 Northeast Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-821-5024 / Fax: 210-821-5947




Campaign Contact:

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Campaign Offices:

1. Post Office Box 6155 San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-826-1085 / Fax:



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Date of Birth: November 19, 1947








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