Trump Ally and Longtime Texas Congressman Lamar Smith Is Retiring

Created at 2017-02-01 05:36

Rep. Lamar Smith Associated Press
Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas said he plans to retire at the end of his term and will not seek re-election. Smith is an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, and said he hopes to find other ways to stay involved in politics during retirement.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, says he won’t be seeking re-election after 16 terms in office.

Smith, a Texas Republican, says in a statement Thursday “this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else.”

He completes his term as committee chairman at the end of 2018.

Smith is skeptical climate change is caused by human behavior. He also encouraged Americans to get their news from President Donald Trump and not the news media.

Smith says it’s humbling to live in a small Washington apartment four nights a week. But he says traveling back to Texas most weekends “recharges the batteries.”

He says he hopes to find other ways to stay involved in politics.

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