Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R-TX), Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, congratulated Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) for being selected by the House Republican Steering Committee to be the next Chairman in the 113th Congress: 

“I congratulate my fellow Texan, Rep. Lamar Smith, on his selection to become the next Chairman of this important Committee.  I have worked with Congressman Smith for many years on the Committee, and he has been a consistent and unwavering advocate for American space leadership and promoting technological advancements through research.  I know that Congressman Smith will be an excellent Chairman and I look forward to working with him in the 113th Congress to make sure the U.S. continues to be the world leader in innovation.

“Serving as Chairman over the last two years has been an enormous honor, and I am thankful for the opportunity.  During my tenure, I am proud to have continued this Committee’s important work in a bipartisan fashion to promote our nation’s space program and improve Americans’ quality of life.”