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Lamar Smith says he won’t be seeking reelection

FILE - In this June 7, 2012 file photo, House Science Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Escalating a political fight over global warming, Smith issued subpoenas Wednesday, July 13, 2016, to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about global warming. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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House Science Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, says he won’t be seeking re-election after 16 terms in office.

Smith, a Texas Republican, says in a statement Thursday ‘‘this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else.’’

He completes his term as committee chairman at the end of 2018.

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Smith is skeptical climate change is caused by human behavior. He also encouraged Americans to get their news from President Donald Trump and not the news media.

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Smith says it’s humbling to live in a small Washington apartment four nights a week. But he says traveling back to Texas most weekends ‘‘recharges the batteries.’’

He says he hopes to find other ways to stay involved in politics.