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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)


Biography
District: 21st District
Political Highlights: Texas House, 1981-82; Bexar County Commissioners Court, 1983-85; U.S. House, 1987-present
Born: Nov. 19, 1947; San Antonio, Texas
Residence: San Antonio
Religion: Christian Scientist
Family: Wife, Beth Schafer; two children
Education: Yale U., B.A. 1969; Southern Methodist U., J.D. 1975
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1986 (14th term)
Committee Assignments: Homeland Security; Judiciary (Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet; Immigration & Border Security); Science, Space & Technology

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2012generalLamar Smith (R) 187,01560.5
Candace Duval (D) 109,32635.4
John-Henry Liberty (LIBERT) 12,5244.1
2010generalLamar Smith (R) 162,92468.9
Lainey Melnick (D) 65,92727.9
James Strohm (LIBERT) 7,6943.3
2008generalLamar Smith (R) 243,47180.0
James Stohm (LIBERT) 60,87920.0
2006generalLamar Smith (R) 122,48660.1
John Courage (D) 49,95724.5
Gene Kelly (D) 18,3559.0
Tommy Calvert (I) 5,2802.6
James Strohm (LIBERT) 4,0762.0
James Peterson (I) 2,1891.1
Mark Rossano (I) 1,4390.7
2004generalLamar Smith (R) 209,77461.5
Rhett Smith (D) 121,12935.5
Jason Pratt (LIBERT) 10,2163.0
2002generalLamar Smith (R) 161,83672.9
John Courage (D) 56,20625.3
DG Roberts (LIBERT) 4,0511.8
2000generalLamar Smith (R) 251,04975.9
Jim Green (D) 73,32622.2
C. Steinbrecher (LIBERT) 6,5032.0
1998generalLamar Smith (R) 165,04791.4
Jeffrey Blunt (LIBERT) 15,5618.6
1996generalLamar Smith (R) 205,83076.4
Gordon Wharton (D) 60,33822.4
Randy Rutenbeck (NL) 3,1391.2
1994generalLamar Smith (R) 165,59590.0
Kerry Lowry (I) 18,48010.0
1992generalLamar Smith (R) 190,97972.2
James Gaddy (D) 62,82723.7
William Grisham (LIBERT) 10,8474.1
1990generalLamar Smith (R) 144,57075.0
Kirby Roberts (D) 48,58525.0
1988generalLamar Smith (R) 203,98993.0
1986generalLamar Smith (R) 100,34661.0
Pete Snelson (D) 63,77939.0
Roll Call Vitals

2014 Race Rating

(District: TX-21)
 
Safe Republican


See Also:

(Full Race Ratings Map)

23rd

on the House Seniority List

Fellow Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R) is 10th.

3rd

Texas is 3rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

12,353

Twitter Followers (@LamarSmithTX21)

84th

Rep. Lamar Smith has the 84th most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.


Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.











Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.