Lamar Smith, Representative for Texas's 21st Congressional District - GovTrack.us

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Smith has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Smith is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Lamar Smith sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Smith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (24%)Crime and Law Enforcement (20%)Law (16%)Commerce (16%)Government Operations and Politics (8%)Taxation (6%)Education (6%)Environmental Protection (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 1987 to Feb 2016, Smith missed 537 of 18,176 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 4 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
1987 Jan-Mar3912.6%48th
1987 Apr-Jun18710.5%7th
1987 Jul-Sep9500.0%0th
1987 Oct-Dec167169.6%73rd
1988 Feb-Mar4900.0%0th
1988 Apr-Jun16131.9%40th
1988 Jul-Sep15221.3%20th
1988 Oct-Oct8955.6%57th
1989 Jan-Mar1417.1%50th
1989 Apr-Jun10532.9%43rd
1989 Jul-Sep12843.1%62nd
1989 Oct-Nov1211411.6%89th
1990 Jan-Mar6011.7%34th
1990 Apr-Jun15032.0%39th
1990 Jul-Sep183105.5%71st
1990 Oct-Oct14385.6%63rd
1991 Jan-Mar6169.8%95th
1991 Apr-Jun139117.9%84th
1991 Jul-Sep8111.2%14th
1991 Oct-Nov16242.5%57th
1992 Jan-Mar661319.7%95th
1992 Apr-Jun18521.1%18th
1992 Jul-Sep196126.1%70th
1992 Oct-Oct4100.0%0th
1993 Jan-Mar12743.1%55th
1993 Apr-Jun19073.7%49th
1993 Jul-Sep16410.6%26th
1993 Oct-Nov13421.5%48th
1994 Jan-Mar9577.4%80th
1994 Apr-Jun21941.8%39th
1994 Jul-Sep14242.8%47th
1994 Oct-Nov5100.0%0th
1995 Jan-Mar27993.2%77th
1995 Apr-Jun18963.2%63rd
1995 Jul-Sep232104.3%85th
1995 Oct-Dec18521.1%30th
1996 Jan-Mar110109.1%88th
1996 Apr-Jun182105.5%83rd
1996 Jul-Sep16321.2%36th
1997 Jan-Mar7179.9%91st
1997 Apr-Jun17463.4%66th
1997 Jul-Sep23241.7%45th
1997 Oct-Nov16321.2%35th
1998 Jan-Mar8944.5%66th
1998 Apr-Jun18500.0%0th
1998 Jul-Sep19931.5%41st
1998 Oct-Dec7422.7%59th
1999 Jan-Mar7722.6%54th
1999 Apr-Jun184147.6%84th
1999 Jul-Sep20442.0%59th
1999 Oct-Nov146106.8%81st
2000 Jan-Mar9522.1%34th
2000 Apr-Jun27710.4%13th
2000 Jul-Sep13010.8%30th
2000 Oct-Dec10155.0%35th
2001 Jan-Mar7500.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun1351611.9%95th
2001 Jul-Sep14964.0%75th
2001 Oct-Dec15321.3%36th
2002 Jan-Mar7911.3%34th
2002 Apr-Jun203136.4%81st
2002 Jul-Sep14175.0%70th
2002 Oct-Nov6123.3%58th
2003 Jan-Mar9466.4%83rd
2003 Apr-Jun23941.7%46th
2003 Jul-Sep19352.6%64th
2003 Oct-Dec15153.3%51st
2004 Jan-Mar10400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun22183.6%60th
2004 Jul-Sep16100.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec5811.7%43rd
2005 Jan-Mar9000.0%0th
2005 Apr-Jun272145.1%75th
2005 Jul-Sep14600.0%0th
2005 Oct-Dec16342.5%47th
2006 Jan-Mar8111.2%39th
2006 Apr-Jun276124.3%77th
2006 Jul-Sep15910.6%29th
2006 Nov-Dec27622.2%90th
2007 Jan-Mar21373.3%71st
2007 Apr-Jun39361.5%47th
2007 Jul-Sep317113.5%71st
2007 Oct-Dec26341.5%28th
2008 Jan-Mar14932.0%32nd
2008 Apr-Jun32110.3%10th
2008 Jul-Sep205136.3%79th
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17442.3%51st
2009 Apr-Jun303247.9%91st
2009 Jul-Sep26831.1%33rd
2009 Oct-Dec24641.6%33rd
2010 Jan-Mar19552.6%46th
2010 Apr-Jun21983.7%62nd
2010 Jul-Sep15110.7%22nd
2010 Nov-Dec9922.0%34th
2011 Jan-Mar21231.4%56th
2011 Apr-Jun28193.2%78th
2011 Jul-Sep24731.2%46th
2011 Oct-Dec20800.0%0th
2012 Jan-Mar15110.7%23rd
2012 Apr-Jun29900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep15232.0%57th
2012 Nov-Dec5147.8%78th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8922.2%57th
2013 Apr-Jun21520.9%37th
2013 Jul-Sep20000.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec13710.7%29th
2014 Jan-Mar14821.4%39th
2014 Apr-Jun219125.5%77th
2014 Jul-Sep14753.4%76th
2014 Nov-Dec4900.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar14400.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun24420.8%42nd
2015 Jul-Sep13932.2%63rd
2015 Oct-Dec17784.5%85th
2016 Jan-Feb6311.6%44th

Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lamar_smith/400381