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Rep. Smith to address BCRW


United States Congressional District 21 Representative Lamar Smith will be the special guest speaker at the November meeting of the Bandera County Republican Women. The meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, in the community room at 1856 Tavern on Highway 16 South.
Smith will discuss issues important to District 21, as well as take questions from participants. His address on the current political scene in Washington, D.C. will begin at approximately 6 pm with a social session at 5:30 pm.
Smith has represented Texas District 21 since 1987. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The committee oversees agency budgets of about $40 billion, with a primary focus on research and development.
Additionally, Smith continues to serve on both the Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. He is a former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Ethics Committee.
In a study jointly conducted by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, Smith was ranked the most effective member of the House in the 112th Congress (2011-2012). He was also named Policymaker of the Year by POLITICO for his work on patent reform legislation.
A fifth generation Texan and native of San Antonio, Smith graduated from Yale University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. He and his wife, Beth, have an adult daughter and son.
The 21st Congressional District includes parts of Bexar, Travis, Comal and Hays counties and all of Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr and Real counties. The district’s population is about 700,000. The Congressman maintains district offices in San Antonio, Austin and Kerrville.
“The entire community is invited to this informational session,” said a spokesman for the Bandera County Republican Women.
Dinners can be ordered individually from the menu. Those planning to attend are asked to order their meals by 5:45 pm.