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Congressman Lamar Smith visits MacArthur

Rep. Lamar Smith

Rep. Lamar Smith speaks to the AP United States Government and Politics students at MacArthur High School.

Congressman Lamar Smith from the 21st Congressional District of Texas visited 12th grade Advanced Placement (AP) United States Government and Politics students at MacArthur High School on Nov. 8 to discuss his rise to Congress, the work he is doing (particularly in his committees), and the steps needed for a bill to become a law.

Rep. Smith spoke at length about his committee involvement. He serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee and is chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which generated many questions from the students. Congressman Smith also responded to questions in regards to his entry into politics, the Affordable Care Act, and the perks of being a Congressman.

“We are so fortunate to have him share his experiences with the students,” said Natalie Hierholzer, Lead Counselor at MacArthur and coordinator of the visit. AP Government teacher Bianca Benoit felt that Congressman Smith’s visit could not have come at a better time. “The students are gaining insight into such a high government position, just after studying Congress in class," said Benoit. "This provides a real-world connection that the textbooks just cannot teach.”

Rep. Lamar Smith is a fifth generation Texan and a native of San Antonio. He has represented the 21st Congressional District of Texas, and the 700,000 constituents that live there, since 1987. He serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Posted on November 11, 2013