Lamar Smith


Lamar Smith

Texas - 21st District - R


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Lamar Seeligson Smith is a Representative from Texas. Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1947, he earned his B.A from Yale University in 1969 and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1975. He was a journalist, private practice lawyer, a member of the Texas state house of representatives from 1981-1982, and the Bexar County, Texas commissioner from1982-1985. He was elected as a Republican to the 100th and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1987-present).

He served as the chair of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (106th Congress), chair of the Committee on the Judiciary (112th Congress), chair of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (113th, 114th, 115th Congresses).

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  • Establishes a Directorate for Technology and Innovation in the National Science Foundation (NSF) and establishes various programs and activities. The goals of the directorate shall be, among other things, the strengthening of U.S. leadership in critical technologies through basic research...

  • Reauthorizes through FY2026 or establishes a variety of programs for water infrastructure. Specifically, it supports programs to provide safe drinking water or treat wastewater, such as sewer overflows or stormwater. For example, the bill reauthorizes and revises the clean water...

  • Provides appropriations to federal agencies for the remainder of FY2022, provides supplemental appropriations for activities to support Ukraine, and modifies or establishes various programs that address a wide range of policy areas. The bill includes the 12 regular appropriations...

  • Updates policies and procedures related to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and benefits for veterans who have been exposed to toxic substances. Specifically, the bill extends the eligibility period for VA hospital care, medical services, and nursing home...

  • Authorizes the appropriation of $377 million over the 2021-2026 period for the Fisheries Disaster Assistance program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Congress provided $300 million for that program in 2021, which is the most recent...

  • Authorizes appropriations for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Under that program, the Department of Justice awards grants to state and local governments to provide treatment for mental health and substance use disorders for people who come into...



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