November 2, 2017
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314 Action Releases Statement on Rep. Lamar Smith’s (TX-21) Decision Not to Run In 2018

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, following Rep. Lamar Smith’s announcement that he would not run again for office in 2018, Shaughnessy Naughton, founder of 314 Action, released the following statement:
“On behalf of scientists across the country, we’d like to thank Lamar Smith for not running for office in 2018. The oil and gas industry lost their biggest champion, because for the first time in a generation Representative Smith has had to face a strong challenger in our endorsed candidate, Joseph Kopser. While the assault on science won’t stop under this administration, Smith’s decision to step down gives me hope that science can prevail.”
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 225,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit