Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), a veteran lawmaker who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, won’t search reelection in 2018, based on a press release from his workplace.
“For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pbad on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else. At the end of this Congress, I will have completed my six-year term as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. I have one new grandchild and a second arriving soon!! And I hope to find other ways to stay involved in politics,” Smith mentioned within the badertion.
Smith was elected in 1987 and represents Texas’s 21st Congressional District, which incorporates Austin, San Antonio and Texas Hill Country.
“Our nation faces many challenges but we will always prevail if we put the interests of American citizens and taxpayers first,” Smith mentioned.
“A successful democracy requires an honest media, true patriots, and respect for the rule of law. All of us can do our part to help promote these ideals.”
Smith’s seat is in a comfortably crimson district that voted for President Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal: Trump-tied information agency reaching out to WikiLeaks ‘significant’ Tillerson eliminates key State Department sanctions workplace: report Intel Dem: What’s in file extra essential than who paid for it MORE by 10 proportion factors. Smith received reelection in 2016 with 57 p.c of the vote, in comparison with simply 36 p.c for his nearest competitor.