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Lamar Smith to Lead the House Judiciary Committee

Chad Outler | December 17, 2010

Dec. 17, 2010 -- According to the New York Times, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will be the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in the 112th Congress.

Rep. Smith represents Texas's 21st Congressional District, which, according to his website, includes portions of Bexar and Travis Counties and all of Comal, Real, Kerr, Bandera, Kendall and Blanco Counties.

Smith is a graduate of Yale University and the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

The following are the top ten contributors to Smith's campaign by interest group:

InterestContributions
TV/Movies/Music$78,300
Banks and Credit$65,450
Lawyers/Law Firms$53,550
Accountants$44,000
Misc Finance$43,150
Oil & Gas$42,250
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products     $40,500
Health Professionals$40,200
Computers/Internet$34,500
Insurance$32,800

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will replace John Conyers (D-Mich.) as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in the 112th Congress. The following are the top ten contributors to Conyers' campaign by interest group:

InterestContributions
Lawyers/Law Firms$141,352
TV/Movies/Music$76,841
Beer, Wine & Liquor$70,280
Computers/Internet$68,233
Casinos/Gambling$43,900
Lobbyists$35,230
Health Professionals$31,350
Industrial Unions$30,000
Building Trade Unions$29,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products                 $27,100

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

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