Smith represents the 21st Congressional District of Texas and serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. As Chairman, Smith promotes legislation that encourages scientific discoveries, space exploration, and new technologies. In addition to having oversight over NASA, Chairman Smith’s committee has been engaged on cyber security issues including holding a variety of hearings and passing out a variety of cyber-related legislation. He currently serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. Before his election to the House of Representatives, Smith practiced law and served as a Bexar County commissioner. Smith is a graduate of Yale University and Southern Methodist University School of Law.