Lamar Smith Leaving Congress

Lamar Smith

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the controversial chairman of the House Science Committee, has announced that he will not seek election to another two-year term next year.

“At the end of this Congress, I will have completed my six-year term as chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee,” he wrote in an email to supporters. “I have one new grandchild and a second arriving soon! And I hope to find other ways to stay involved in politics.

“With over a year remaining in my term, there is still much to do. There is legislation to enact, dozens of hearings to hold and hundreds of votes to cast,” Smith added.

Smith, who has represented Texas’ 21st District since 1987, has been a leader in the GOP fight against efforts to address global warming, which the majority of Republicans in Congress do not believe is a serious threat. His committee also oversees NASA and other science agencies.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Are these Republicans leaving to create a 3rd party?

  • therealdmt

    A great loss for all of Science

  • ajp

    Good riddance

  • ajp

    I wonder what he means by ‘ find other ways to stay involved in politics’. Hmmm…. could it possibly be lob…er…advi$ing?

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    they’re probably hoping for a Third something ….

  • ThomasLMatula

    That would put Rep. Frank Lucas in line to take his place, although Dana Rohrabacher also has a good chance at it.

    Having Rep. Lucas as chair could work out well for NASA since Rep. Bridenstine and him have a good working relationship from both representing Oklahoma in the House of Representatives. They have identical views on most issues.

  • Panice

    What comes to mind is a third helping.

  • Tom Billings

    If he really wants to affect things in the Republican Party, he’d more likely go into getting people to ‘primary’ RINOS. It’s becoming an effective way to get the attention of congress members who otherwise are too progressive, inside and outside Texas. It also leaves more time for those grandchildren.

  • duheagle

    The Cephalapod People of Europa are losing their best advocate in Congress.

  • windbourne

    i wish that real republicans would leave the GOP. As it is, there are few left.
    and plenty of Republicans were ousted as RINOS.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    American politics is climbing down from the lessons learned in the 20th Cen from watching the Europeans descend into very dysfunctional politics. Post WWII American politicians were essentially wonks and listened to wonks. Foreign trade was a fantasy, and nobody was ready to fight another world war especially a nuclear world war. The US has unlearned some very important concepts such as balance of forces, economy of force, and we can’t wrap our mind around the concept that we play internationalist economics with a bunch of nationalists. We can’t moderate our stances, and esp the Republicans are now climbing over each other to show who is a member of ‘the real true truth of conservatism.’. If someone from the 1960’s saw the Republican party today, they’d say the John Burchers have taken over.

  • duheagle

    One also wonders what your hypothetical time traveler – Hubert Humphrey, say – would make of today’s Democratic Party.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Wimpy communists.