Lamar Smith says he’ll retire

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of San Antonio, who was first elected to represent the 21st Congressional District in 1987, is retiring. PHOTO BY RYAN J. REILLY/FLICKR

District 21

Another long-serving, high-ranking Congressional Republican has announced he won’t seek re-election.

Multiple news sources were reporting Thursday afternoon that U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of San Antonio, who was first elected to represent the 21st Congressional District in 1987, is retiring.

The Texas Tribune reported it had obtained an email written by Smith that said in part, “For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else … 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 was first elected in 1987 to represent the district that stretches from Austin to San Antonio and encompasses much of the Hill Country. He is the current chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The retirement was also reported by The Hill, which noted he won reelection in 2016 with 57 percent of the vote.

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