Lamar Smith, who turns 70 on November 19th, was first elected to Congress on November 4, 1986, Although last year the Democrats made their best effort against him since 1986, this district is unlikely to flip.
Scared and Dropping Like Flies: GOP Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas Latest Republican to 'Retire'. (The New Civil Rights Movement, 11/2/2017)
Lamar has a "cash on hand" total of $936,958. That "good time to pass on the privilege" includes the fact that Donald Trump is president. Even though Trump beat Clinton in Smith's solidly Republican district by 10 points, "several Democrats saw an opportunity to challenge Smith before he announced his retirement," Politico reports. One Democrat has already out-raised Smith.
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