Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune - WASHINGTON (Texas Tribune) - U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring from Congress, two sources close to the congressman told The Texas Tribune on Thursday.
"For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else," he wrote in an email obtained by the Tribune.
"At the end of this Congress, I will have completed my six-year term as chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee. I have one new grandchild and a second arriving soon! And I hope to find other ways to stay involved in politics."
"With over a year remaining in my term, there is still much to do," he added. "There is legislation to enact, dozens of hearings to hold and hundreds of votes to cast."
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