Incoming HSS&T Chairman Smith Will Be Innovation, Space Advocate
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) says he will be "an advocate for America's innovators" in his role as the new chair of the House Science, Space and Technology (HSS&T) Committee in the 113th Congress.
Smith was formally chosen by the House Republican Conference to succeed Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) as committee chair after being recommended by the House Republican steering committee on Tuesday. Hall must relinquish his chairmanship because of House Republican terms limits, just as Smith must give up the reins of the House Judiciary Committee, which he currently chairs.
In a statement, Smith said he would "promote legislation that encourages scientific discoveries, space exploration, and the application of new technologies to expand our economy and create jobs for American workers."
Hall released a statement as well congratulating Smith. Both are members of the Texas delegation. Hall said Smith has been "a consistent and unwavering advocate for American space leadership and promoting technological advancements through research" and will be "an excellent chairman."
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