Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Q&A: 'Extremely mainstream' Louie Gohmert on the Tea Party and Boehner as speaker

2025/01/19

Rep. Louie Gohmert is perhaps the most politically fearless member of Congress. The conservative Texas Republican is legendary for bucking his party leaders, including a high-profile challenge this month of House Speaker John Boehner for his position. And he's a favorite target of liberals and late-night talk show hosts, who routinely mock the Tea Party favorite for what they consider his extreme — or even conspiratorial — views.

Yet for Gohmert, 61, a lawyer and former judge from East Texas first elected to Congress in 2004, it’s all worth the hassles and headaches, as his legion of loyal supporters back home and nationwide serves as vindication for his efforts. He adds he's often misquoted, misunderstood and underestimated, and that his critics — not him — are the ones harboring far-fetched ideals.

The congressman spoke recently with the Washington Examiner about his rivalry with Boehner, his role as a Tea Party favorite and a life-changing summer in Ukraine. The following version of the conversation was edited for space.

Examiner: Why did you challenge John Boehner for speaker? In hindsight, was it a good move?

Gohmert: It’s never wrong to do the right thing, and it was the right thing. ... Two years ago, I had felt the need to have a different speaker. [I] didn’t have support but felt like I had a chance to detail chronologically the failed [House Republican] leadership since January of 2006, when the current speaker was first elected leader. And [I] did so and nominated Newt Gingrich. I had had some others who I thought might win the speakership back two years ago, [and] I had made clear that anybody who nominates me, I’m withdrawing my name immediately. You don’t have to be a member of the House to be speaker, according to the Constitution. … But anyway, up until about two hours before the election two years ago in January, there were more than a sufficient number of votes to force a second ballot. ... And it was close. But the speaker was able to turn some votes at the very last minute who had actually committed in writing that they wouldn’t vote for him.

Examiner: Was this more about messaging than actually wanting to be speaker?

Gohmert: This time, it was never about me. And I want to make that very clear. There were a number of us who were talking to different members about voting for a different speaker, like we did two years ago in January. And we’re running into some of the same blocks we did two years ago. [Rep.] Thomas Massie explained it better than I could — he said, in essence: Members knew that their constituents did not support the current speaker two years ago and also not this time. But they were able to say two years ago, ... "Well, there was nobody else that was an announced candidate, there was nobody actually running, so I had no choice but to vote for the speaker." Because if you support the speaker, then you have a chance to get money he raises, you’ve got the chance to get the committee [assignment] you want, and that kind of thing. So they get the best of both worlds — they satisfy their constituents [because] there’s nobody else that’s a candidate, so I don’t have any choice. ...

[So] they said, "We think we need an announced candidate [this year], and we think you’re the only one in all of Congress that can get enough media attention to give this movement a chance.'' And I said, "Well, I don’t think that’s a good idea because if I announce, then you have all of the Establishment groups, you'll have all of the speaker’s allies, all of his donors, turn and make the race about Gohmert instead of looking at the failed [House GOP] leadership over the last nine years." And I think that’s where the concentration should be.

But they said, "Yeah, but if we don’t have you announce, we don’t ever get close to having enough [votes], and we end up like we did last year — falling miserably short." ... I said the only way that this could work, to keep it from being about me and taking the focus off the current speaker, is if somebody else announced today, Saturday, and then I could see if Fox News would let me on in the morning and I could announce there. [Rep.] Dan Webster is talking about announcing Monday, and if we do that, we have a different person who announces each day and that would make very clear to the public that this was not about Louie Gohmert — this was about having choices and having a real leadership election.

So [then Rep.] Ted Yoho, being a consummate patriot, said, "You know, I could announce today [as well]." ... But all that is to say, it was never about me. It was trying to get 29 [votes], which was how many we needed to vote for a person other than the speaker that would’ve thrown it to another ballot. ... And Republicans at that point could agree on a consensus candidate, and I knew all of the people who would’ve been willing to jump in there once I’ve broken the ice.

Examiner: Weren’t you worried about the consequences of your actions?

Gohmert: It’s never wrong to do the right thing. And I’ve come to see in the years I was on the bench as a judge, and since I’ve been in Congress, that doing the right thing may initially be politically unpopular but in the long run, you’re always better off doing what you know is right. And I’ve found that to be true. … And I’ve seen across America, people want elected officials, servants, to do what they said they would do before they got elected.

Examiner: But what about Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment”: Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican?

Gohmert: I agree with that, but there are times when it’s time for different leadership. And if you will recall, yes, that was his 11th Commandment. But it didn’t keep him from challenging Gerald Ford, who was going to be the [1976 Republican presidential] nominee. He realized there was a real need for standup leadership in America. So he challenged Gerald Ford in 1976, when all the Establishment was saying, "You’re not going to beat him, don’t do it, you’re going to divide the party." But guess what? He challenged [Ford] anyway because he knew there was a need for leadership. In my case, unlike Reagan, I knew I was not going to get elected [speaker]. But I knew it would open the door for someone else.

Examiner: Have you spoken with Mr. Boehner since the speakership election?

Gohmert: I said congratulations.

Examiner: How would you describe your relationship with the speaker?

Gohmert: A lot of love, warmth, affection.

Examiner: You’re considered a key voice in the Tea Party movement. A lot of Tea Party folks consider you a hero. Are you comfortable with that?

Gohmert: I know I’m not a hero, I’m a servant, I’m just a lowly legislator. But I think it points to just how desperate people are to see somebody make a promise and keep a promise. I don’t think it’s any more than that. It’s a pretty low bar to jump over if I’m a hero.

Examiner: You’ve never been shy to broach controversial topics. You’ve compared homosexuality to bestiality, you’ve —

Gohmert: No, I haven’t. There’s been a lot of unfair things taken out of context, and the fact that you would say that indicates that, you know, there’s a lot in the media that has flat misquoted me. ... I didn’t compare homosexuality to bestiality. We had a debate [in the House] over hate crimes, and some of us were trying to force the issue and say, "OK, you want to protect homosexuality, at least vote with us and say pedophilia is not a protected status or class. Let’s at least vote together and say bestiality is not a protected class under the hate crimes." We could not get the Democrats to agree. They’re the ones that wanted to say there’s no difference — we’re not going to carve out pedophilia, we’re not going to carve out bestiality. They’re the ones who have actually put them as parallel or equal. That certainly was not me. I don’t believe that, never said that.

Examiner: Do you think the mainstream media, the media in general, has treated you unfairly?

Gohmert: Not any more than any other conservative. But there’s just a lot of dishonesty and a lot of efforts to marginalize people who take the positions that Hubert Humphrey did in the '60s as an extremely liberal Democrat. You can go back and hear Humphrey talking about the importance of a mother and father in the home and how much damage divorce has done, that we need a mom and dad in the home. Well, now liberals like the extreme liberal Hubert Humphrey was, would be considered right-wing extremists. Actually, I’m not taking any positions that are not particularly different from people that were considered liberal back in the '60s. So I just think it’s also an indication about how far the left wing — the hippies and yippies of the '60s and early '70s, as they’ve taken over the media, taken over Hollywood — [have gone] that they have convinced America to move left. And actually, if you get right down to it, I’m extremely mainstream. It’s just the Left wants to paint it otherwise.

Examiner: Does it bother you when liberals, when comics, when TV late-night talk show hosts, make fun of you, make you the butt of a joke?

Gohmert: Well, if it’s funny, no. But sometimes it’s crass or they misquote or fail to portray. There was some great deal miscommunicated by the mainstream and the left-wing media when I was basically quoting the FBI director saying we had people from radically Islamist countries, or countries where there was radical Islam, who would change their names to Hispanic-sounding names and then try to blend in to come in illegally into the country. And so, yeah, there was a lot of mockery over things like that. And they failed to ever point out that actually I was quoting the FBI director. That kind of thing has happened.

Examiner: What’s one thing that most people don’t know about Louie Gohmert that they may be surprised to learn?

Gohmert: Well, I’ve been portrayed by the Left as being ignorant. One guy wrote me that I was a moron and misspelled "moron." But if all you ever read is the left-wing media or see MSNBC and CNN, then you would say, as some do on the Internet, how ignorant [I am], maybe the most stupid person in Congress. I know how well I’ve done on national standardized testings. I know the awards I’ve won in high school ... I know the awards I won at [Texas] A&M. Academically I know the awards I’ve won at one of the best law schools there is, Baylor Law School. So I know how I stack up competitively. ... So I’m quite comfortable with my intelligence level and realize that, hey, ignorance is something people are entitled to have if they want it. And I won’t hold it against them.

Examiner: What are your political ambitions? A run for Senate?

Gohmert: Recently I had friends like Glenn Beck and others that were pushing me to run for Senate. ... And the truth is, I’m willing to run for anything but president, but I have to have a peace about it. And with all the people urging me to run for Senate, I didn’t have that peace that that was what I was supposed to do. And I'm certainly, as you may have guessed, not afraid to run and fail. I’m afraid of not doing what I was supposed to do, regardless of the outcome. So, may it be a run for the Senate in the future? I don’t rule that out. But for right now the battle’s where I am in the House, and I’m giving it all I’ve got.

Examiner: I understand you spent a summer in college as an exchange student in Ukraine?

Gohmert: That was back [in 1973] when it was the real Soviet Union.

Examiner: What was that experience like?

Gohmert: It was, until [I got to] Congress, the most mentally and emotionally draining experience I’ve ever been through in my life. I went from Texas and got thrown into an environment that was completely new. I feel in love with Ukrainian people. ... There were eight Americans let in [my program] that summer, and we were put in a summer camp with other college students. But one of the most frequently heard sayings when I would ask things like, "You know your government is lying to you, doesn’t it bother you? Why don’t you do something about it?" You’re talking about college students, the intelligentsia, the ones that jump up and protest and demand equality, demand truth, those kinds of things. And here in the Soviet Union, they would shrug and basically say, … “There’s nothing to be done.” And the fatalism was so depressing, emotionally draining, and I felt so sorry for the people there.

Examiner: Did the experience make you more patriotic?

Gohmert: Oh, absolutely. I’ve been amazed to hear that people would go to the Soviet Union and end up becoming dedicated communists. I thought, man, I don’t know where you grew up — must've had a pretty tough home life not to realize how good we have it in America.

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Dialing 911 getting easier after woman's death spurs FCC investigation

2015/01/23

MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - It's getting to be easier to dial 911 after one East Texas family lead the charge for a Federal Communications Commission investigation.

The push for change in the way at phone systems at hotels and other businesses operate has resulted in nationwide changes, an official announced Friday during a press conference at the Marshall Police Department headquarters.

The move comes after the death of an East Texas woman. Kari Rene Hunt was murdered in a Marshall hotel room Dec. 1, 2013. Her young daughter tried calling 911 four times that day, but was unable to get help because the phone required her to dial "9" first to get an outside line.

Now, Kari's family is pushing for legislation, dubbed Kari's Law, to change the way the systems operate.

The FCC launched an investigation into the issue a year ago after learning that multi-line phone systems used in many hotels and large buildings often require guests to dial "9" or other access codes before dialing the emergency line.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai spoke on the changes and the investigation during the conference.

"I gave Hank (Hunt) my commitment that no one would encounter the problem his granddaughter had dialing 911," Pai said. "What happened with the phone system in Marshall wasn't an anomaly, it was indicative of a widespread problem. In nearly all cases, there is no technical reason why every phone in this country cannot be set up to allow direct 911 calling."

Pai said one of his colleagues discovered that the FCC headquarters phone system did not allow direct 911 dialing.

"I tried it before traveling to Texas and still got a recording. This situation is completely unacceptable," he said. He has asked the commission to change the system.

During the conference, Pai released data on the changes:

  • 100 percent of the hotels owned or managed by Carlson, Hyatt, InterContinental, La Quinta, Marriot, Motel 6, Starwood and Wyndham now permit direct 911 calling. The Hilton chain is at 99 percent, up from 50 percent in April of 2014, and the company expects to reach 100 percent this year.
  • 70 percent of the largest hotel chains have required or are in the process of requiring, all franchise locations to have direct 911 dialing to more than 7,800 properties.
  • By the end of 2015, the 911 problem should be solved at all Country Inn & Suites, Crowne Plaza, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Gaylord, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, InterContinental, La Quinta, Marriott, Motel 6, Park Plaza, Radisson, Residence Inn, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Sheraton, Staybridge, W and Westin properties.

Prior to the investigation, the FCC said none of the major hotel chains required their franchises to permit direct 911 calling and that at 68 percent of independently-owned hotels, directly dialed 911 calls would not go through. That number was 55 percent at franchised hotels.

Now, the FCC reports that 50 percent of multi-line telephone system vendors ship their products with a default setting of direct 911 dialing.

"Making this change just makes sense," said Hunt, Kari's father.

Congressman Louie Gohmert also spoke during the conference, noting that legislators have been working with other members of Congress and the 911 caucus.

"This has been an issue that has struck a nerve across the country," Gohmert said, adding that the issue is not just Marshall, Texas problem. "Kari would be proud. ... Kari lives on and her legacy lives on."

Congressional offices have also made changes to allow direct calls to 911, Gohmert said.

A State Emergency Communications commission voted to go forward with the law in their September meeting. The rule is open for public comment, before it will be addressed again at the CSEC's March 2015 hearing.

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Gohmert’s Statement on The 2015 March for Life

2015/01/22

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today backing the 2015 March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C. and emphasizing his deep support in standing up for the lives of the unborn:

“Sadly, today marks 40 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states that allowed taking the life of an unborn baby at any time. It is heart wrenching that approximately 57,762,169 abortions have taken place since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973. Every single life is precious and the thought of these individual lives being brutally snuffed out is unbearable and is a massive dark blot on the history and legacy of any nation that considers itself civilized. All children are endowed by their Creator with the right and chance to life and opportunity to grow. 

As a father who has held a beautiful, prematurely born daughter in the palm of my hand and felt her tiny little hand grasp the end of my finger and literally hold on for dear life, it is heart breaking beyond words to think of anyone wanting to destroy such a child at the same age from conception.

So, today I stand in one accord with those who are on the National Mall standing and marching for the worthy lives of the unborn. Grassroots pro-life America has made a slow but dramatic difference in convicting the hearts of Americans as to this atrocity. I will continue to fight for the precious lives of the unborn on Capitol Hill because of the God-given value of every single life that is so wonderfully made.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert at SC Tea Party Convention: ‘Freedom Loving Americans Waking Up About Loss of Freedoms’

2015/01/20

South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach welcomed one 0f the rocks of modern day conservatism, Texas congressman Louie Gohmert. He took time on Sunday to talk with Breitbart News senior political writer Matthew Boyle on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot radio channel 125.

Gohmert along with Republican congressman Ted Yoho and Daniel Webster, both congressman from Florida, last week gave it their best to unseat Speaker of the House John Boehner, which they failed to do by a few votes.

Yet, the political undercurrents have stirred up the House and Boehner. Some recent appointments to the rules committee and comments made by the Speaker demonstrate that their efforts were not in vain. Gohmert was just awarded a sub-committee chairmanship. Moreover, Boehner and the house passed legislation last week defunding executive amnesty in the DHS appropriations bill.

Gohmert explained that he was reluctant to run for Speaker, but that he was persuaded by Thomas Massie (R-Ky) and Jim Bridenstine (R-Ok)  to enter the contest. “They were telling me, look were running into a wall, people keep saying they have to vote for Boehner because nobody else has announced they are a candidate,”  Gohmert said.

The Texas Tea Party favorite explained that the same thing happened two years ago. Representatives voted for Boehner for Speaker to protect their prestigious committee jobs and the money promised to them by the Speaker to massage their constituency. “So they were able to vote for Boehner and not lose that and then tell constituents, ‘Well I didn’t have a choice. There was no other announced candidate so I had to vote for Boehner.’ So the only way around that was to have an announced candidate.”

Gohmert agreed to do it, but suggested that Republicans offer other candidates as well so that “the establishment can’t just make it about this crazy Gohmert.”  If others were throwing their hat in the ring then it would become clear “that it is not about me, it’s about getting another Speaker. That was the goal,” he explained. “We almost got there.”

“John Boehner’s a nice guy,” said the congressman. “He got us all to agree to make a pledge of certain principles we supported. He said we will do these items—kind of like a contract with America. Well we were given the majority and if you go back through the pledge, we didn’t keep our pledge. It also appeared that every time we got into a tough negotiation with the president we caved.”

The big question for Gohmert is “What happens from here? We have to make sure that the end result is not just total capitulation and giving the President everything he wants.”

The new appropriations bill now has to go to Senate for approval and chances are there will be modifications suggested Gohmert. Hopefully, the changes won’t be significant. He explained that when bills were sent to former Majority Leader Harry Reid often times they would get a bill with added pork that was never remotely discussed in the initial legislation. “We call those air-dropped-earmarks,” he said.

Boyle interjected that “so what your saying is we have to be on the lookout moving forward for any kind of shenanigans from the political establishment?” Gohmert said, “Yep that’s what Jefferson said, The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance. And that means voters have to be vigilant. They have to make sure they are not being fooled by what they’re told is going on. They have to get to the bottom of it. And Breitbart helps us do that by the way.”

Gohmert added that the reason that there is such a huge turnout at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention is that “Freedom loving Americans are waking up. They realize that they are losing their freedoms as the government spies on its own citizens more and more, going through their emails, having all their phone calls logged.”

The conservative from Texas recalled that:

I remember when George W. Bush was president Democrats were constantly complaining that we don’t want the government in our bedroom. Well they passed Obamacare and the consumer finance protection bureau which is going through our debits and credits now. I mean they are going in not just the bedroom but through the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen every room in the house. There is more government than ever with these guys.

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Gohmert’s Statement on The State of the Union Address

2015/01/20

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement tonight regarding President Obama’s address to the nation:

“Tonight we heard nothing new. This is the first administration that has presided over 95% of the nation’s income going to the 1% most wealthy. It is as if there is a wink and nod to Wall Street, the biggest banks, and the most wealthy that the President will call them names, demonize them publicly, and say he is going after them, but his policies will make them richer than they have ever been and help them eliminate smaller competition. He has brought Americans less healthcare at vastly expanding costs though he has added tens of thousands of government jobs like IRS agents to harass working Americans.

His policies have made the poor poorer; the wealthy wealthier; the middle class smaller; while the gap between the wealthiest and poorest has expanded. Wages have not grown though inflation has. At some point the President must come to grips with the fact that his historic and massive government spending and increased tax revenue has created less freedom and less economic prosperity, except for the nation’s richest. He always likes to talk about taxing the rich, but the rich are the only ones who can take actions to avoid taxes even if it means moving, while the middle class gets poorer picking up the slack.

President Obama gave no signs tonight of relenting from his oppressive 70,000 plus pages of regulations each year that drag businesses, jobs and wages down. Let’s face it; a group that takes extraordinary advantage of the child tax credit in order to get back more than they put in is people who are illegally in the U.S. Now he wants to bring down wages of working class American citizens even further and give their jobs to people coming in illegally. Americans need the President to start formulating policies for them since he has no need to pander for votes any longer. 

Now is not the time for radical royal decrees and a more massive federal government. If the President had announced tonight that he is now going to start working WITH Congress for the good of the American people, by changing course and helping create full-time, non-government jobs, better wages, along with lower healthcare, energy and education costs, and work to get government out of people’s private lives for a change, that would have been a speech I would still be applauding.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert Named Chairman of Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee

2015/01/15

Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) was named the Chairman of the Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He released the following statement regarding his appointment:

“It is such an honor to be named the Chairman of the Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.  The First Congressional District of Texas is not only rich in natural resources; it is the number one natural gas producing district in Texas, and I am proud to represent east Texas in this capacity in the U.S. Congress.

In this new role as the Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman, I plan to hold this administration’s feet to the fire for the good of every household in America. This economy is ready to do amazing things if we loosen the death grip that this administration has had by using over 70,000 pages of new regulations each year. These power-hungry bureaucrats need to return the freedoms they have robbed from Americans, so Americans can make their own choices and save vast amounts of money they are currently spending on energy and taxes.

The Obama Administration needs to be held accountable for their actions that are hindering America’s potential of becoming energy independent. We must end the cycle of the administration's cronies getting massive loans and grants for so-called ‘green energy’ only to have them go bankrupt and go start a different company loyal to the President. We need to move to a day when no energy companies get subsidies so that constituent consumers decide what energy is best by deciding which makes more sense for them without government penalties or subsidies.

The Natural Resources Committee is blessed to be under the professorial leadership of Rob Bishop. I issued a statement shortly after the November election supporting Rob as chairman because he has extraordinary insights and knowledge about our nation's resources. He has my complete respect, and I am honored to work with him as his subcommittee chairman during this crucial time in our history.

Other Congress members have mentioned that bureaucrats at the E.P.A., Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and related bureaucracies are not likely going to be excited about having to be accountable and testify before me and my committee. Personally, I very much look forward to it myself.”

The Natural Resources Committee has oversight of the Department of Interior, which includes: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, National Park Service , Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey.

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Gohmert Celebrated by Texas Grassroots

2015/01/12

Congressman Louie Gohmert was greeted to a war hero’s welcome by Tea Party Patriots in Houston on Saturday. The grassroots training meeting was planned before this week’s historic House of Representatives Speaker’s vote and Gohmert had agreed to be the keynote speaker. Gohmert received three standing ovations, one lasting over a minute long. The Congressman, who was weary from lack of sleep, doing battle, and being criticized, told the group that his being at the meeting right after the vote was a “God-thing.”

The group surprised the unassuming and humble Texan when Texas Tea Party leaders took time off during the training sessions to honor him. They gave him a framed Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag signed by the Tea Party Patriots in attendance. They had Gohmert sit in an over-stuffed red chair while they told him how much he meant to them.

Gohmert told them he was still “immensely uncomfortable about taking a compliment.” He quoted Stephen Curtis Chapman and his song “the only good in me is Jesus.”

The Congressman told the patriots that he has “been praying for wisdom since I was six years old and I do not need prayers for courage.” He said he put his name in the Speaker’s race “because ya’ll it was just too much [after the Cromnibus bill].”

Gohmert told the activists he understood that the only time he could actually win the Speaker’s race was “in a time of all-out war,” however, he “did not realize how deep the animus would go … I knew people would be upset with me, but I did not know how much.”

Jeff Sadighi, Chairman of the Southeast Texas Tea Party who serves on his local Republican Executive Committee said there was a Tea Party event in 2013 where a handful of Congressmen participated. He said they “spoke of adherence to the Constitution, representing their constituents, the need for a return to conservatism, and combating Obama’s policies but of those who came and spoke to us, only one has been true to his word – that is Louie Gohmert.” Sadighi said Gohmert’s comments from the podium and in private conversation with Tea Party activists, were “identical. He does not change his message, nor back away from his beliefs.”

Kelly Canon, an eighth generation Texan and Vice President of the Lone Star Tea Party, told fellow patriots that Gohmert had “been an unwavering example of what it means to step up, and fight the good fight, no matter the odds.” She said “there are but a few leaders who really inspire us to the point where we’ll go that extra mile, knock on that extra door, lick that extra stamp, call that extra voter, work that extra day at the polls in the rain, and hold our breath that extra minute when the polls close [and ask] did we do enough? … Did we get that extra vote needed to get our candidate over the finish line? We look to those who lead us, for that ‘extra something.’ That extra ounce of inspiration. We find it with Louie Gohmert. He’s an inspiration to all of us.”

Canon delivered messages from other Tea Party leaders from her “neck o’ the woods – North Texas.” Ray Myers, President of the Kaufman County Tea Party near Gohmert’s district thanked Gohmert “for standing strong in the face of the establishment.” He told Gohmert that his “courage is so appreciated by your fellow Grassroots Texans.”

Michael Berryman Smith, founder of the Texas Grassroots Conservative Activist Group had this to say about the Congressman. “Though I reside in CD12, as a Tea Party activist, I have gazed with wonder upon the principles and character of the Herculean strength Representative Gohmert has exhibited. We find ourselves precisely in a situation of having to rebuild our foundation which is cracked nearly beyond repair. It’s during these times under which we now labor, that America is in dire need of more men and women that will stand in the cause of liberty, limited government, and a firm moral foundation like that of Rep. Louie Gohmert!”

Josh Finkenbinder, President of the Arlington & Lone Star Tea Party said “Politicians calculate their decisions based on what is popular amongst other politicians. Statesmen make their decisions based on principles of what is right or wrong.” He said “Congressman Gohmert – you are a Statesman.”

Kelly Canon invoked Val Kilmer in the movie Tombstone when comparing the support the Tea Party Patriots and other activists have for Louie Gohmert. Val Kilmer played Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp’s best friend.  Doc had Wyatt’s back, and in the movie he often said to Wyatt – “I’m your huckleberry!  Canon told Louie Gohmert “Louie, we are ALL your huckleberry!

Heidi Hansing, radio personality, member of the Board of Directors at Clear Lake Tea Party, and a City Council Member in League City, Texas, probably summed it up best when she said that Louis Gohmert “has not caught the Potomac fever.” Speaking to the Congressman she said “You stand strong even if you stand alone.” She told the patriots gathered – “Louie Gohmert is a National Treasure … and I mean that in the TEXAS sense of the word.” Hansing said “We believe in you. You are one of us.  We claim you as one of us. When Washington, D.C. gets too yuck, as it did this week, remember the words of our Texas hero, Davy Crockett, and say: “Y’all can go to hell, I’m going home to Texas!”

Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Named Deep East Texas Legislator of the Year

2015/01/12

Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) was named the Legislator of the Year by DETCOG (Deep East Texas Council of Governments). He released the following statement regarding this award and honor:

“What a privilege it is to be named the ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the Deep East Texas Judges/Commissioners Association. East Texas is where I grew up and lived all my life except for my four years in the Army. It is home and I love the East Texans that comprise a place where sense is ‘common,’ unlike Washington, D.C. where it is ‘uncommon sense.’

There are no better people in the country or world than East Texans and it is such an honor to represent them and stand up for them, no matter the pressures that exist to abandon our Constitution and just ‘go along to get along.’  I am a blessed man who is humbled and grateful to be voted this honor.  It continues to inspire and encourage me to continue to fight for what is best for the country and the wonderful people of East Texas.”

The “Deep East Texas Legislator of the Year” award is given to a legislator who has diligently worked on the behalf of all the citizens of the deep east Texas District.

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Gohmert's profile in courage and self-sacrifice

2015/01/08

Courage is a rare commodity amongst elected officials. But the willingness to sacrifice for a cause greater than yourself is almost extinct.

Yet that is what America witnessed, and the media who covered it missed, in the battle over whether John Boehner (R-Ohio) would be retained as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The unwritten story after the largest in-party insurrection against a sitting Speaker in more than 100 years is that of what really happened with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

Rather than seeking the office, Gohmert was asked by some of his colleagues to run so those who were deciding on whom to vote for Speaker could not say they did not have someone else to vote for. It wasn't an office that Gohmert had campaigned for over the course of years; his run was designed to provide an alternative.

But the real act of self-sacrifice was Gohmert's encouragement of other candidates to get into the race and encouraging his colleagues to vote for any of the alternatives. Those who wish to diminish the legitimacy of the rebellion by pointing to the final tally where Gohmert received three of the 25 votes against Boehner miss the big picture.

Unlike most in Washington, Gohmert, by being the very public stalking horse, sacrificed votes for himself in encouraging his colleagues to vote for other candidates.

The courage to take on a sitting Speaker who controls all the levers of power in the House of Representatives is rare and precious. Those who took that very hard step are currently facing retribution for their decision. But choosing to subject yourself to ridicule by deliberately sabotaging your vote in the race to help make it easier on your colleagues was an act of true leadership.

It is the exact kind of America first self-sacrifice that comes from Allen Drury novels, but it is an all-too rare commodity on real-life Jenkins Hill. It is the definition of being a statesman who cares more about the cause than about the personal cost involved in seeking it.

And while he doesn't need it, this commentator thanks Gohmert for re-instilling a knowledge that people of courage, honor and self-sacrifice have not been completely stricken from the ranks of the body politic. While this notion may seem naive amongst the political power-climbing class in D.C., it is what Americans expect of every member of Congress.

On Jan. 6, 2015 the D.C. establishment witnessed the very characteristics that so many claim to long for, and Congress and indeed Speaker Boehner will be better for it. It is too bad that the media couldn't look past the horse race to tell this great American story.

Read the article online, here.

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Gohmert Statement on House Speaker's Election

2015/01/06

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today on the historic vote for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives:

“We made a difference today. The results were not what we hoped for, but the voices of tens of thousands of Americans were heard by the people on Capitol Hill. Phone lines all over Capitol Hill were lit up by voters letting everyone here know the will of the American people. This was always about one thing –trying to have a Speaker who was sensitive to the will of the American voters. As I repeatedly made clear, this was never about one person.

We knew that if everyone were present, we needed 29 votes for anyone other than the current Speaker. If we achieved that, then either after the first ballot or second, we would have a conference of only Republican members of Congress to likely agree on a compromise candidate. The goal was to have a new Speaker with wisdom and honesty to lead the Congress. The fight does not end today. 

Our cause is a worthy one that we will continue. We must not be breaking our promises to the American people. We must keep the momentum that we created so that the House of Representatives can be as intended “The People’s House” and not just a rubber stamp for broken promises.

This is not the last battle. We still have a President acting as if he were the executive, legislative and judicial branches all in one. We also need a House and Senate that are kept accountable.

After being told that we should now all come together and work together, we have been told late today that two of our Congressmen are being taken off of the committee they were on, simply for voting like their voters wanted. So, it appears before we can work together, we are now going to have another fight. It would be a shame if the Speaker of the House who has so much power is a sore winner.”

 

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

 

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Serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border.

During these trying economic times, Rep. Gohmert is developing innovative solutions to jumpstart our economy and offering practical alternatives to the government’s bailout frenzy. His “Federal Income Tax Holiday” gained widespread national support from the grassroots level to national leaders, allowing taxpayers to decide how best to spend their hard-earned money. Louie has repeatedly called for an end to the socialization of our economy and decried the notion that Washington Bureaucrats know better than American taxpayers.

Louie serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees. He was recently named Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security due to his extensive knowledge stemming from years in the court room.

Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. During his tenure on the bench, he gained national and international attention for some of his innovative rulings. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. He is also a veteran having served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army.

Today, he and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and still teaches Sunday school.


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Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

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Michael Conaway

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