REPRESENTATIVE LAMAR SMITH (R-TX)Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary
Joined committee: 1997
Assumed leadership: 2007Elected to Congress: 1986Formed PAC: 2004Rep. Smith served as ranking member of the committee from 2007 to 2010 beforeassuming the chairmanship in 2011. Over the past seven election cycles, as his seniority on thecommittee rose, contributions from judiciary industries to Rep. Smith increased at a rate faroutpacing his total contributions.Campaign Contributions from the Judiciary Sector
1998 Election Cycle 2010 Election Cycle % ChangeIndustry Contributions
$20,350 $120,950 494%
$512,975 $1,673,879 226%
During the 2008 election cycle – the first election cycle after Rep. Smith assumed aleadership position on the committee – contributions from judiciary industries decreased by32% from the previous cycle, from $201,339 to $137,700. Total contributions decreased by16% during the same time period, from $1,919,251 to $1,616,990.
During the 2006 election cycle, contributions from judiciary industries increased by 125%over the previous cycle, from $89,419 to $201,339. Total contributions increased by 81%during the same time period, from $1,060,030 to $1,919, 251.
During the 2010 election cycle, contributions from judiciary industries accounted for 7% of the $1,673,879 in total contributions received by Rep. Smith’s campaign committee andPAC.
During the 1998 election cycle, judiciary industries accounted for 4% of the $512,975 in totalcontributions received by Rep. Smith’s campaign committee.
CREW reviewed the online editions of the Congressional Directory from the U.S. Government Printing Officesavailable from the 105th Congress (1997-1998) through the 111th Congress (2009-2010). Therefore, the Congressmember has been a member of the committee since at least 1997 and possibly earlier.