Congressman Lamar Seeligson Smith is currently serving as the Representative of the 21st District of Texas to the US House of Representatives. A Republican, he has held this position since January 1987 when preceding Congressman Tom Loeffler went into retirement. For the last 12 elections he has consecutively been reelected into office, taking a large percentage of the votes in every instance. In fact, his lowest winning percentage was in the 2006 elections where he got 60% of the public’s votes.
He is also the current Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
His previous positions include Chairman of the Ethics Committee and a spot on the US Congress Budget Committee. He also founded two congressional organizations, namely the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus and the Media Fairness Caucus.
Congressman Smith is slated to run for his 13th reelection this year 2012. Despite the wide criticism he received from being the author and chief sponsor of the controversial SOPA bill (Stop Online Piracy Act), he remains confident of the support and trust of his constituents in the 21st District of Texas.
It is also because of his work on SOPA and patent reform legislation that he was named Policymaker of the Year 2011 by POLITICO.
Congressman Smith is married to Elizabeth Lynn Schaefer. They have a daughter named Nell Seeligson, now 35 years old. Smith’s 39-year old son, Tobin Wells, is from his previous marriage. Smith graduated from T.M.I. Episcopal School of Texas in 1965. He then proceeded to attend Yale University in 1969 and Southern Methodist University Law School in 1975. Before he became a statesman he worked as an intern in the Small Business Administration in Washington, DC; a writer for the Christian Science Monitor; and as a practicing lawyer for Maebius and Duncan, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.