Lamar Smith

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Texas has some crowded primaries this year. Take the Congressional District 21. Longtime Republican Congressman Lamar Smith is retiring, and 18 Republicans are vying to take his old place on the ballot.


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Congressman Lamar Smith, whose district runs through parts of Austin and San Antonio will not seek reelection in 2018.

Smith’s office confirms the Republican congressman will not be on the ballot during the 2018 election.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring from Congress, two sources close to the congressman told The Texas Tribune on Thursday.

While climate change hasn’t been a major issue in this year’s presidential election, one could say it's on the ballot in the Texas 21st Congressional District race. 

AP

During his final State of the Union speech, President Obama will address problems still plaguing the nation. A couple of Texas congressmen hope the President’s speech includes a number of national issues affecting the lives of Texans. 

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