Lamar Smith

Texas Republican

Rep. Lamar Smith

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$3.9 million in 2010

5% since 2004

Financial approach

Real Estate Investor

Invests in: Finance / Insurance / Real Estate, Mixed, Miscellaneous Business

Smith’s financial disclosure forms

Each year, lawmakers are required to file financial disclosure forms that list assets, liabilities, stock transactions, outside employment, spousal employment and travel reimbursements.

Public projects, private interests

Earmark near personal property: $950,000

In 2009, Smith helped secure $950,000 toward road improvements near the San Antonio Fort Sam Houston military base. The earmark will improve three traffic-clogged local intersections near the base, including one a few blocks from Smith's home. "It is absurd to suggest that the location of my home had anything to do with my supporting the City of San Antonio's top priority request to improve access to Fort Sam Houston for our military members, veterans and their families," Smith said.

Smith’s financial portrait

The Post examined the personal finances disclosed by all members of Congress and computerized by Center for Responsive Politics to show how they manage their assets and invest their money.


House median

Estimated wealth

$3.9 million in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

5% since 2004

More wealth and more aggressive

Lawmakers who use riskier investment strategies and/or borrowing to increase wealth.


More aggressive

Financial approach

Real Estate Investor

127 lawmakers hold significant assets in real estate, including office buildings, apartment buildings, undeveloped land and development partnerships. Lawmakers are not required to report the values of their personal residences.

What industries does Smith invest in?

Many assets can be tied to specific industries, such as finance, agriculture or
natural resources. "Mixed" investments are assets not tied to a specific industry.

Smith's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Smith hold?

Assets are lumped into groups such as real estate, stocks,
mutual funds or cash.

NOTE: "Mixed" investments are assets that are not tied to a specific industry. Charted change in annual estimated wealth is capped at 200 percent increase and 100 percent decrease for clarity. See the full methodology here.
SOURCES: Congressional financial disclosure forms, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post analysis.

About the data

The estimation of assets for lawmakers is based on calculating the midpoint of reported value ranges for holdings and liabilities that members of Congress list on financial disclosure forms. It does not reflect assets lawmakers are not required to disclose, such as personal residences and non-interest bearing bank accounts. The estimation is not intended to provide a complete portrait of the net worth of each legislator, but rather show their relative standing in Congress and how their holdings have changed over time.

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