Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert


Gohmert Responds to Group Calling for Town Hall Meeting


TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A group of demonstrators gathered Tuesday on the square in Tyler to push for immigration and health care reform.

The group goes by Indivisible of Smith County and called for a town hall meeting with Rep. Louie Gohmert.

Gohmert was dining at nearby Jack Ryan's during the demonstration. He responded Tuesday afternoon, issuing the following statement:

The communication below is being sent to those constituents who have demanded a public town hall meeting mainly for the purpose of letting the Congressman know they want to keep Obamacare.

Dear Fellow East Texans:

Thank you for your recent request to my office for a town hall meeting. Having traveled the entirety of our district so many times during my time in Congress, doing thousands of events and public appearances, such  as veterans’ ceremonies, hospice medal presentations, church sermons with meet/greet, job site tours, charity dinner talks, public hearings, speeches to big groups/small groups with question/answer time, constituent meetings, media interviews, op-eds, constituent phone calls, ribbon cuttings, business forums, job fairs, district art competitions, school assemblies, classroom caucuses, flag presentation ceremonies, VA clinic visits, business openings, environmental field hearings, chamber banquets, judicial conferences, farming symposia, rodeos, town meetings, big/small town hall meetings, tele-town hall meetings, as well as constituent meetings when in Washington, I feel confident there are very few voters who pay attention in the 1st Congressional District of Texas who don’t know exactly where I stand on the issues and why—especially regarding the issue of Obamacare. In fact, in November, over a quarter of a million people were polled, and 73.9% said they agreed with me. I made clear for the last seven years that I would do all I could to repeal Obamacare. I was one of the few who read it before I voted. 

Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge. However, the House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at Congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed—just as happened there. One Congressional friend had one of his district staff members knocked unconscious and hospitalized this past week after being overrun by a group intent on physical confrontation and disruption. 

In the same amount of time it takes to have a town hall meeting, which usually has between 30 and 100 attendees in east Texas, I can communicate with thousands of my constituent bosses through a telephone town hall meeting. This technology allows the inclusion of our disabled and more elderly seniors who have opinions but who could not otherwise come to an actual town hall meeting and ask questions. The telephone company assures us that all of the people participating on our telephone town halls live right here in east Texas and I will have likely have had over one hundred thousand people in our district participate by the time I finish this new round. Then, when the threat of violence at town hall meetings recedes, we can go back to having the civil town hall meetings I’ve had in the past to supplement the masses reached in our telephone town halls. 

I very much appreciate hearing from the most vocal who form part of the very important twenty-six percent who disagreed with my seven year position on Obamacare, and I really believe that if we do the right things after repealing Obamacare, that even most of those who like government control of their lives in Obamacare, will acknowledge that things are better with more personal choices at a lower price, and without the massive cuts to Medicare and our seniors’ healthcare that Obamacare inflicted.

Just this past week I have had two telephone town halls which included asking questions of constituents and getting those polling results that are absolutely consistent with the ultimate poll that was taken on Election Day just three and a half months ago. It should not be surprising that thus far, the results on the most politically sensitive issues show that the views I have been standing firm on are consistent with the 74% of voting east Texans that believed in November that I best reflected their beliefs and wishes. 

We have also noted that a manual from one of the groups demanding town halls so they can disrupt them with agitators, suggested such underhanded motivations such as:

“Stall the Trump agenda by forcing them to redirect energy away from their priorities.”

“A day they spend worrying about you is a day that they’re not… preparing a Muslim registry.” (By the way, I do not support a “Muslim registry”!)

“Tactics for these events may be similar to more traditional protests, where you’re trying to shift attention from the scheduled event to your own message.”

Statements like this in their community organizing materials are not “non-partisan,” as they their playbook tells them to claim that they are.  Some public town halls from this particular group recently boasted having agitators even come in from other states to cause havoc.  I understand you personally do not want violence, but just want to be heard. I hear you.  As a servant of east Texas, your input continues to be vital to me.  That’s why I put over 80,000 miles on my car in about two years repeatedly getting to every part of our east Texas district. 

So, thank you very much for your input.  Though I am saddened if you are upset with my positions, they do appear to reflect a majority of east Texans’ views but I will continue to monitor closely. Regardless, I sincerely hope this week that you will find joy in the faces of those you love. 

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TX-01 District Offices Without Power


*UPDATE:  As of 12:30PM CST the power has been restored to our Tyler office and we are back to normal working conditions.*

A most tragic series of events occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, February 17th outside my district office located in Tyler, which resulted in the death of a worker attempting to repair the damage to downed power lines.

My most sincere condolences go out to the family, friends and coworkers of the Oncor contractor who was killed as he worked diligently in the service of east Texans who needed their power restored in the area. Also, my heartfelt sympathy is with those other workers who were injured at the scene. Prayers will continue for all those affected.  

As of 11:30am CST, we are still without power in the Tyler office which means our telephones, voicemail system, and computers are inoperable, as are our other east Texas office phones which are normally answered in our Tyler office and transferred to the person requested in the appropriate office. 

Please call my office in DC today if you need immediate assistance at 202-225-3035.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Calls on Trump to Reissue Travel Ban


President Donald Trump should immediately reissue his executive order on travel from the Middle East, but include more details about what it does and does not cover, Rep. Louie Gohmert said Friday, while accusing the 9th Circuit appellate court of not caring about the Constitution while upholding an order on the travel ban.

"Include in there what the White House had already explained, that it didn't apply to people that already had their green cards," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"That addresses the issue that the 9th Circuit raised. Even for people that don't care about the Constitution like the justices on the 9th Circuit, that ought to take care of it."

And if that doesn't work and someone else challenges the executive order," it ought to be "somebody that cares about the Constitution, perhaps in the 5th Circuit," Gohmert said.

The appeals court's decision, which blocks Trump from restoring his executive order, did not mention the law that gave the president the power to enact it, the lawmaker continued.

"The 9th Circuit has got to go," he insisted. "I think we just scrap it and create two new circuits."

Trump was trying to protect the American public with the order, Gohmert said, and had information he relied on to help America.

"I think it's time to move forward," he said.

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Gohmert Introduces The Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act


Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) introduced companion legislation (HR 928) in the House of Representatives to the Senate version of the FRESH Act, introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

This legislation would give states the right to regulate hydraulic fracturing on all land within the boundaries of the States. It would also force companies with hydraulic fracturing operations on Federal lands to comply with current State laws.

“In the wake of the overreaching and unaccountable Obama Administration, the need to ensure that states have sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing is more apparent than ever. Texas agencies are routinely much more accountable, more knowledgeable of the fracturing and production procedures used in Texas, and much less indiscriminate, while being focused like a laser on the very air, water, environment that the Texas agency members have to breathe, drink, and live in, much more so than DC-entrenched bureaucrats. With the prospects of a new energy and job friendly administration, there is a real opportunity to restore the principles of federalism and the Tenth Amendment while preventing burdensome and overreaching Washington regulations from stymying job creation in Texas at the same time they increase the cost of gasoline and energy.”

“States such as Texas have the intricate knowledge and first-hand expertise necessary to properly regulate this energy without the need for a federal, one-size-fits-all approach that has been destructive and costly to our nation’s energy interests. For these reasons, it is time to put people to work producing our own energy, which sends less money to countries that do not like us, all while lowering the cost of living. This is one of those bills that is good all the way around.”

“It is indeed an honor to be filing this bill in the House when it is being filed and carried forward in the Senate by my friend, Sen. James Inhofe, who has decades of experience in and knowledge of the subject being legislated.”–
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)

“Hydraulic fracturing is critical to our domestic energy production, supporting economic competitiveness and national security. Unfortunately, the federal government has been seeking to burden the industry with red tape, duplicating state regulations, making our energy production more expensive and preventing the United States from achieving greater energy independence. I am proud to introduce the FRESH Act which explicitly gives states the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing operations within their states borders.” – Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

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Rep. Louie Gohmert: Protests Against Gorsuch Nomination Are ‘Fake News’ Funded by ‘Soros Money’


Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Breitbart News Daily he was “excited” by President Donald Trump’s choice of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

“This is exactly why I got behind Donald Trump,” he told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow. “This is why I was excited election night, is because we all expected Trump to keep his word. He has. He picked somebody from the list, and, in fact, he didn’t just pick somebody from the list; he may have picked the very best person from the list.”

“This is a man that, as far as we know, has not ruled on an abortion case, but we know from what he has ruled on that he believes in the Constitution,” Gohmert noted. “He believes that we have a right to religious freedom. Just as the government’s not to establish a religion, they’re not to prohibit the free exercise. We’ve had some justices – we’ve still got them on the court – that believe that the government can restrict the peaceful exercise and they can force people to go against their religious beliefs. If Hillary Clinton had made this selection, I think our religious freedom would be over. But it’s not.”

“We have a good man. This guy is such a good candidate,” he declared. “I know the President and others have said he may be able to rule as a Supreme Court justice for maybe 30 more years. I’m hoping 40 years! I’m going to be praying for his good health.”

“And I’m simply praying that the Senate will do their jobs and get this guy confirmed. They confirmed him ten years ago,” Gohmert pointed out. “They had reviewed for anything that they’d like to bring against him ten years ago because he was going to be on the Court of Appeals, and those are critically important positions. There wasn’t anything there ten years ago. Once he’s on the Court of Appeals, then every Court of Appeals justice has in the back of their minds, ‘You know, I could be on the Supreme Court someday. I’d better keep my nose clean.’ And so it ought to be a very uneventful hearing.”

Gohmert recalled that he was originally a supporter of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president in 2016, having “fought in the trenches” with him, but now, he wondered how any serious conservative could complain about President Trump’s selection of Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. In light of this nomination, he pronounced the “NeverTrump” movement among some conservatives a “disastrous mistake.”


“Thank goodness those who said, ‘Never Trump’ did not keep him from being president because that would have been the end of too much,” he said. “So those who were NeverTrumpers, fine; everybody’s entitled to your opinion, but at least you ought to get out there and acknowledge now, ‘Well, I wasn’t for Trump, but thankfully, he actually did keep his word, and we can all be grateful for that.’”

Gohmert said friends in the Senate told him they will make sure Gorsuch gets through the confirmation process, along with President Trump’s remaining cabinet nominees. One senator told him it was important to give Majority Leader Mitch McConnell space and time to shepherd the nominations through in his own way, rather than pressuring him for swift action and fiery confrontations with the Democrats.

“The thing about this nomination, it’s replacing Antonin Scalia,” he said of Gorsuch. “The Left was pretty well getting their way with the courts, even with Scalia on there, being as conservative and originalist as he was.”

“There’s a kind of feeling that I’m hearing about among some of the Democrats, especially those that are in states that voted for Trump, that, look, this shouldn’t be the one that we fight over,” he added. “If it’s Ginsburg, then we fight to the death to prevent a conservative, but this is Scalia. We’re not losing anything by getting somebody that might be close to being as conservative as Scalia. So this shouldn’t be where we fight to the death to keep him from being a vote, and this also could be the one that brings those senators that are Democrats in states that voted for Trump, it could be just what brings them down and turns their seat Republican.”

Gohmert did not think much of the Democrat claim that Gorsuch is an illegitimate nominee for a seat that was “stolen” from President Barack Obama’s designated successor to Scalia, Merrick Garland.

“Last night, I came by the Supreme Court about 9:15, and they already had a massive demonstration out there, signs; they were ready to go. They had their magic markers. They were ready to put whoever’s name had been cited by Trump as being terrible,” he observed. “You know, Have Poster Board, Will Travel. There they were. They were ready to condemn anybody, no matter who had been picked. If Trump had named the most left-wing person in the country, they were out there ready to condemn.”

“This is fake news. This is people who are just out there to create the appearance of obstruction,” he said. “You know, Patrick Poole, remember back in one of the demonstrations on the Mall, caught one of the guys: ‘Hey, how much are you getting paid?’ He said, ‘$15 an hour. I thought everybody was getting that.’ They’re getting paid. The Soros money gets spread around. And actually, unfortunately, sometimes it’s our own government money that’s funding some of the obstructionism. But we have got to see this country through this and get Gorsuch confirmed so that this country will go on and still have a chance to survive, with our freedom intact,” he urged.

Gohmert noted that every Democrat seems to be reading from a script that Gorsuch’s prospective Supreme Court seat “was supposed to be Obama’s seat to fill,” as Marlow noted.

“They have the mantra. They might as well have been carrying their statements on a sign, and all they had to do was fill in the blank for the name,” he said, predicting that virtually every Democrat statement about Gorsuch will be prefaced with stolen-seat “garbage.”

“I’m thanking God he got elected, and he’s keeping his word,” Gohmert said of President Trump. “It’s a day to rejoice for any Republican, anyone who’s a moderate, because otherwise, we get a leftist, and we’re done. So it’s a great day for America. It just really is.”

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Louie Gohmert on Sally Yates firing: ‘Hacks have to be jacked’


Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, on Tuesday applauded President Trump’s firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, saying political “hacks” “have to be jacked.”

“She violated her oath. She needed to go. She obviously had a political agenda because if she cared about the Constitution and she thought there was some problem with naming these seven countries, she should have brought that up before Obama left office,” Mr. Gohmert said on “Fox & Friends.”

“But politically, she showed herself to be a political hack, and hacks have to be jacked,” he said. “And she’s been jacked, and she’s gone.”

Mr. Trump fired Ms. Yates Monday evening after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to present arguments for Mr. Trump’s “extreme vetting” executive order restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

The White House said Ms. Yates “betrayed the Justice Department” with the move and that she is “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

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Gohmert on President Trump’s Executive Orders to Strengthen National Security


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the executive orders made by the Trump Administration regarding refugees:

“After years of failure by the Obama Administration to adequately protect the American people against the inherent and systematic flaws in our refugee system, on Friday President Trump took a first step and utilized the tools that both the Constitution and Congress have long granted Presidents to strengthen our national security and restore sanity to the most generous immigration system in the world. President Trump mandated a pause that is temporary, not terribly dissimilar to one President Carter issued in 1980 after he realized the Ayatollah Khomeini was not the “man of peace” he originally thought.”

“The refugee program the President has paused is the same one that ISIS terrorists have repeatedly vowed that they are infiltrating and intending to use to kill Americans. The President is acting temporarily and prudently to give his Administration and Congress the much needed time to properly evaluate the refugee program and reform it to ensure that it both helps legitimate refugees and ensures the safety of the American people. When an FBI Director warns that they have no information against which to determine if a self-proclaimed refugee from a certain country is what he says, at least one out of every two U.S. Presidents ought to take it to heart and act to protect America. With this President’s action to pause refugee admissions, not based on their religion but on whether there is adequate information to determine if they are a threat, he is constitutionally acting to protect Americans.”

“While many opponents of this President will claim that the President's order is illegal and even unconstitutional, those claims ignore longstanding constitutional precedents and statutory grants of authority that many presidents, including President Obama, have used. The United States Constitution gives Congress the authority to exclude any non-citizen alien from our country for any reason, period. In exercise of this authority, Congress has granted the executive branch broad authority to exclude aliens who would be detrimental to the interests of our people and their safety.”

“No one is being discriminated against on the basis of their religion unless it is Christians. The basis for the pause is the lack of credible information against which to check the identity of the person claiming refugee status. While citizens of Saudi Arabia made up the majority of the 9-11 hijackers, at least the Saudi government provides at least some information with which to vet applicants. The same FBI Director who dramatically aided Hillary Clinton politically last summer, testified in front of me and the Judiciary Committee that the FBI basically has nothing with which to check self-proclaimed Syrian refugees. President Obama ignored this sworn threat. President Trump is taking it seriously.”

“While I have great empathy for the millions of men and women who are suffering from the devastating effects of the war in Syria, the real solution is to have a President committed to ending this conflict, while creating a safe place there and preventing radical Islamists from exporting that war into the United States. I look forward to working with President Trump, his new administration, and our elected Members in making significant reforms to protect all Americans and our Constitution against all enemies.”

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

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Gohmert’s Statement on the 2017 March for Life


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today displaying his fervent support for the March for Life, an annual rally of prolife supporters in Washington, D.C., and his continued promise to fight for the rights of the innocent unborn:

“It is so very encouraging to see this country’s leaders take a stand today and speak up for the lives of every voiceless, unborn child. The horrific abortion practices carried out in this country and around the world, for that matter, have tragically claimed thousands upon thousands of innocent lives annually. That reality is truly devastating.”

 “Those standing for life today in the streets of Washington, D.C. are true heroes. How very refreshing to see our current Vice President Mike Pence lend his meaningful voice to the movement today.  The tireless work of those peacefully marching – with the purpose of safeguarding the lives of the unborn – is truly appreciated.”

“Every single child deserves a voice. Each tiny heartbeat gaining more strength in utero day by day deserves a chance at life. It has been my promise to the First District of Texas, since assuming office, to stand in the gap and fight for the rights of those being knit together in their mother’s womb, and I will surely continue to do so as long as East Texans allow me to be their servant.”

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

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7 Investigates: Growing caseloads plague federal immigration courts, letting many remain in the country


TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The death of an East Texas girl in November raised questions over the procedure of the 'immigration hold' process that is supposed to keep people who are not in the country legally in jail until a court hearing can be scheduled.

In the case of Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, the man arrested in the capital murder of Kayla Gomez Orozco, he had a pending immigration case at the time of his 2016 arrest.

The "immigration holds" are placed on suspects by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement on persons who are believed to be in the country illegally. Zavala-Garcia's first immigration hold stemmed from a 2014 arrest in Smith County on a charge of assault family violence.

Once the hold is placed, it becomes one of thousands of pending cases in the Department of Justice's Executive Office of Immigration Review. Numbers collected by the University of Syracuse show the number of pending cases in immigration courts is on the rise in Texas and across the country.

Dallas-area attorney Ann Badmus specializes in immigration law and has experience in the Dallas court and the growing backlog.

"It's always been a long wait time for anyone in deportation or 'removal court' as we call it," Badmus said. "But recently probably in the past three to four years in the Obama administration, we've seen more delays because there have been more people going through the system."

In the case of Zavala-Garcia, he served his time in the Smith County Jail, but since the federal case was still pending in the Dallas immigration court, Zavala-Garcia was able to remain in the country pending his hearing.

"It's out of our hands," Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said. "And that's happened quite frequently. In fact most of them depending on what the criminal offense is most of them at least under this current administration get a PR bond [personal recognizance] and are told to show up at some later point. The majority of which don't show up. Some do."

The backlog and growing delay many say is due to a staffing problem in the federal court that is not keeping pace with the number of cases.

"I think it's a general consensus that it's not [properly staffed] and probably any immigration court is probably not adequately staffed considering the numbers," Badmus said. "I think overall there needs to be a general overhaul of the immigration system. Everybody has differing opinions of what needs to be done but certainly I think right now it needs a good hard look by Congress."

East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert agrees an overhaul of the immigration system is needed and said the situation with Zavala-Garcia should have never happened.

"It is totally unacceptable you ought to be able to have a hearing in 60 days, 90 days at most and immediately deport if that's the order but if not you move forward," Gohmert said. "But I don't think people ought to be released if they're caught coming in illegally -- have the hearing immediately."

Gohmert said he believes if the court in Dallas would have acted efficiently, possibly with the deportation of Zavala-Garcia, the death of Kayla Gomez Orozco may have been prevented.

"He's only charged he hasn't been convicted yet," Gohmert said. "But certainly she'd be alive today if the federal government had done its job... the executive branch had done its job of deporting people and enforcing the border so he wouldn't be back."

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith disagrees, saying more than just the courts would need to change to prevent something like what happened to Kayla.

"Deportation means nothing if all you have to do is walk back across and come across the river," Smith said.

In response to the backlog in immigration courts, the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review released the following statement:

The Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) total pending caseload is more than 500,000.

As of Jan. 1, 2017, there were 292 immigration judges in 58 immigration courts nationwide. EOIR recognizes that to reduce the pending caseload and wait times for those in proceedings, the agency must continue its hiring initiative to increase the size of its immigration judge corps.  EOIR is authorized 374 immigration judge positions, and the agency is steadily climbing closer to that number, thereby augmenting adjudicatory capacity.

EOIR currently has more than 50 immigration judge candidates at various stages of the hiring process.  If EOIR receives the additional 25 immigration judges referenced in the House Appropriations Committee Bill, EOIR will be authorized 399 immigration judge positions. Since the start of fiscal year 2016, EOIR has brought aboard 61 immigration judges.

Zavala-Garcia is in the Smith County Jail charged with capital murder in the death of Kayla Gomez-Orozco. He is awaiting indictment on that charge before a trial date can be set.

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U.S. House votes to approve Kari’s Law


(KLTV) -The U.S. House passed a bill Monday requiring business owners across to provide a direct 9-1-1 dial access.The bill will be sent next to the U.S. Senate, who will vote on it before it ultimately, if passed by the Senate, lands on the President's desk for a signature.

The House voted 408-0 in favor of the Kari's Law bill.

Kari’s Law came about after an East Texas mother, Kari Hunt, was attacked by her estranged husband at Marshall’s Baymont Inn & Suites in December of 2013. In attempts to help, her 9-year-old daughter dialed 9-1-1 several times, but her call never reached emergency crews because she didn’t dial an extra 9 to get out before dialing 9-1-1.

Rep. Louie Gohmert said during the debate over the bill on Monday, "We have a bill that will save lives and is agreeable across the aisle. Her [Kari's] loss of life will save lives in the future."

Under the law, Bill 788, all business and buildings with a multi-line telephone system are required to make changes to their telephone system in order to dial directly out without the extra digit before 9-1-1.

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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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