Today, staff, colleagues, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the portrait unveiling honoring House Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith. Congressman Smith has served as Chairman of the Committee since 2013 and has been a member since 1987.

At the ceremony, participants reminisced about Smith’s tenure as Chairman and his many Committee accomplishments. Remarks were given by master of ceremonies Congressman Bob Goodlatte, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Speaker Paul Ryan.

Chairman Smith’s portrait was painted by prominent artist Laurel Stern Boeck. In the portrait, Smith casually sits at his desk overlooking the Capitol under a beautiful starry night sky. On his desk rests a picture of his wife, children, and grandchildren, as well as a copy of Life in the Universe, a book describing the possibility of life in the universe. Also included in the portrait are insignias of four of the federal agencies the Committee oversees.

During his Chairmanship, Congressman Smith worked to recruit new members, revitalize the Committee, and address emerging technological issues. He championed innovation, competition, advanced technology, basic research and our nation’s space program. 

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