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TX – Smith, Lamar

Cook PVI 2014 Average Legislative Score Madison Performance Index (MPI) Take Action
R+12 71.5 -17.0 Click for contact information



In 2011, Lamar Smith was the most underperforming and lowest scoring member in the Texas delegation. What’s worse is that he is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.  He has used his perch to promote big government legislation, such as the infamous SOPA intrusion into the internet. Smith is part and parcel of leadership and has voted for all the spending bills and the debt ceiling in 2011. In the past, he has voted for TARP, the credit card regulations, and the massive 2007 energy bill, which imposed the broadest array of destructive energy mandates in American history. In 2007, Smith co-sponsored legislation offering tax credits for plug-in hybrid car consumers.

It should be noted that Smith has been a stalwart against illegal immigration throughout his 25-year career – a fact that is not reflected in these scores due to the dearth of immigration-related votes.  However, he could potentially play a key role in stopping amnesty this year, and should be viewed in that wider lens in terms of his utility to conservatives.