Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Gohmert on Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s Passing

2018/04/17

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the news of Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s death:

“Former First Lady Barbara Bush exuded class, dignity, intelligence, humor, along with a love for her family and her country. She clearly was always proud of her husband, her children, her grandchildren, her state, and her nation.  Kathy’s and my thoughts and prayers are with her extraordinary family during this difficult time of reflection, as we also thank God for the blessing we knew as First Lady Barbara Bush.”



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Gohmert on President Trump’s Decision to Defend Southern Border with National Guard

2018/04/04

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today supporting President Trump’s decision to defend the southern border of the United States with our National Guard:

“President Trump’s announcement to defend the United States’ border with National Guard troops is sensible, prudent, and has plenty of precedence. President Obama did the same thing, as did President George W. Bush. With reports of thousands of Central American migrants heading toward an illegal mass entrance across the U.S. border, which basically is an unauthorized  invasion into this country, President Trump chose to stand with American citizens and American law." 

"This move will not only aid in the defense of our law and our sovereignty, but it will also prevent gang members, drug smugglers, sex traffickers, or terrorists from hiding within civilian invaders’ midst as FBI Director Comey once testified middle eastern terrorists had previously done. It will, obviously, also protect Americans and support our unsung heroes in the border patrol stationed along our southern border.”

“It is also critical to note that in March 102 years ago, a liberal Democrat, President Woodrow Wilson, ordered an estimated 75,000 National Guard troops to protect that same southern border after incursions across the U.S. border by Mexicans led by Pancho Villa. This effort placing National Guard military troops on our southern border 102 years ago effectively sealed our border from further illegal raids into the United States. Though President Wilson also sent thousands of troops under the command of General John J. Pershing into Mexico itself to assure of our border’s protection, which, of course, President Trump has no intention of doing. However, it is about time we effectively secure our border once again so that only those entering legally come in. If a liberal Democrat President can do it, we know it can be done.

 "I greatly appreciate the President stepping up to protect America after our latest gargantuan spending bill failed to do what the President and a majority of Americans were seeking.  Porous borders have done vast damage to Americans who are casualties to the drug trade, sex trafficking, and crimes that those generate, while providing tens of billions of dollars to the drug cartels to keep the Mexican government corrupted. A military presence will show those attempting to enter our country illegally, that Americans and our President finally again value the rule of law. Today, President Trump should be congratulated on his decision to place the well-being of this nation and its people first. We cannot adequately help the world when our country’s laws are not respected by other nations and their people.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee 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: Don’t be afraid to fight for your beliefs

2018/03/29

Jacksonville College hosted Congressman Louie Gohmert as a special guest for their Wednesday chapel service. Gohmert was born in Pittsburg, Texas, and was raised in Mount Pleasant. He said that he became a Christian about the age of six. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the Army and later as a judge in Smith County. He has served in the House of Representatives since 2005, representing Texas' First District, which covers a large portion of East Texas.

After a prayer and brief worship service, Gohmert addressed the filled room of Buckner Chapel. He discussed the importance of fighting for one's beliefs no matter the opposition or what others think. He gave several examples of how he has tried to do so in his career. One such example he pointed to was his attempts to remove then Speaker of the House John Boehner in 2015.

Gohmert said that in 2015, he and several other Republicans had grown tired of Speaker Boehner's dishonesty and failure to keep his promises. The reason Boehner still held the office, according to Gohmert, was because so many other Republicans wanted to support him and would, in turn, be appointed by Boehner to special committees.

“There were nine of us,” Gohmert said. “We believed we needed a new speaker, that the country was in trouble. I don't know that the speaker at the time had read or even knew who Machiavelli was, but he sure used some Machiavellian practices.”

The original plan, Gohmert said, was to simply get 29 fellow Republicans to not vote for Boehner during the next election. This would cause the majority vote for Boehner to fail, and they would have to go back to the drawing board, in which time Gohmert and his fellow dissatisfied Republicans could argue for a compromise candidate.

However, they could not get 29 Republicans on board with the plan. Gohmert said that this was because there was no Republican alternative to Boehner running for Speaker of the House. It was around this point Gohmert decided to announce his candidacy for Speaker. Gohmert said that his run for Speaker was never about winning, it was just a bid to get 29 Republicans to vote for anybody but Boehner. The ploy did not succeed, and Boehner was re-elected. However, Gohmert said that they got 24 of the 29 necessary Republicans to dissent, and it showed that Boehner's days were numbered. Sure enough, Gohmert said, Boehner announced his retirement later that year, shortly after Pope Francis' visit to Congress in September of 2015.

“It's amazing what you can get accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit or who gets mad at you,” he said.

Gohmert also touched on the importance of listening to the will of the people during his speech. He denounced fellow Republicans for not supporting President Donald Trump.

“We've been seeing, for nearly a year and a half, it's their will that's being reflected in the legislation that's passed. They're able to overcome the things that Trump wants to see done,” he said.

He also spoke against the increasing spending in the federal government and the debt it was putting on the country, saying it was wrong to put such a burden on future generations to fix.

He said, “We, within two months, had two spending bills … they each put us in debt by a trillion dollars. That is immoral. We never had a generation in American history, that I can find, whose most devoted feeling was 'I want my children to have better and more opportunities than I had.' And now we have a generation in power that basically, figuratively speaking, is saying 'We can't stop spending, but our kids and our grandkids, they will pay all this extra that we're running them into debt' … It is immoral for one generation to put debt onto the next generation with no way that they, themselves, can ever pay it back.”

During this speech, Gohmert also took time to touch on current events: Praising President Trump as a smart negotiator in setting tariffs, and cautioning against listening to the young people calling for gun control as a means to end school shootings.

Before concluding, he also spoke about the important role America's Christian population had to play in society. He quoted founding father John Adams as saying, “This Constitution was intended for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Gohmert also pointed to the importance of Christians humbling themselves before God and praying, pointing to 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

“It doesn't require the whole country,” Gohmert said. “All of those who are not God's people that do not believe, they get to be the beneficiaries in this country if just God's people will do this … So you don't have to go out and try to intimidate your neighbors and friends into humbling themselves and turning from their wicked ways, it's just those who know the Lord.”

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Louie Gohmert: Excluding Trump led to spending bill 'atrocity'

2018/03/22

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, argued Thursday that the $1.3 trillion spending bill the House passed Thursday is an "atrocity" because President Trump wasn't involved in the negotiations.

Gohmert and other conservatives opposed the 2,232-page bill, which they only had a few hours to digest before it hit the House floor. Deficit hawks said it would lead to more debt, and failed to implement the GOP's plan to build a border wall.

Gohmert said on the House floor that Trump should have been more involved.

"Unfortunately, though the president is an amazing negotiator, he graciously allowed the House leaders and the Democratic leaders to do the negotiating," he said after reading news reports in which Democrats claimed victory against Republicans.

"I know he wants better deals than this atrocity," Gohmert said of Trump. "We need his negotiating skills involved to get a better product."

The White House has said Trump supports the bill, which would also give the U.S. military the spending boost Republicans have sought for years. But reports said Trump was worried that the bill might have given away too much to Democrats, and most fiscal conservatives voted against the bill in the House.

Gohmert also complained about reports that some of the negotiating was being done by House staffers, instead of House lawmakers.

"Let's at least get better staff members to do the negotiation for the sake of our kids," he said.

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Gohmert Introduces Resolution Declaring Cesar Chavez's Birthday: "National Border Control Day"

2018/03/20

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding a resolution he introduced (H. Res. 791) which would declare March 31st, Cesar Chavez’s birthday, “National Border Control Day”:

“Cesar Chavez was best known for his passionate fight to gain better working environments for thousands of workers laboring in harsh conditions on farms for low wages. He also staunchly believed in sovereignty of the United States border.”

“In fact, it was his firm belief that preventing illegal immigration was an essential prerequisite to improving the circumstances of American farmworkers; and in 1979, in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., he demanded that the federal government enforce the immigration laws and keep illegal aliens out of the country.”

“Therefore, it only seems appropriate to deem his birthday as, “National Border Control Day” –seeing that Chavez spent his life addressing the harmful effects that illegal migration might have on this country and advocating for a legal immigration process.”

Read the resolution, here.

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee 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 Honored with Association of the United States Navy’s “National Legislative Advocacy Award”

2018/03/16

Last night at the United States Capitol, Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) was awarded with the Association of the United States Navy’s “National Legislative Advocacy Award.”

Each year, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) recognizes and honors one U.S. House member and one U.S. Senator with the prestigious award. The U.S. Senator receiving the award this year was Senator Tammy Duckworth (Dem.-Illinois).  The decision to award Congressman Gohmert as the sole Congressman receiving this “National Legislative Advocacy Award” was a unanimous decision among AUSN’s twenty-thousand members – an exceedingly rare occurrence. 

The award citation read, “For his exemplary leadership as a champion of the United States Navy and its veterans. Congressman Gohmert’s tireless commitment during the 115th Congress has ensured that our nation’s sailors have a strong and powerful voice in the United States Congress.”

Congressman Gohmert released the following statement:

“It means so very much to me personally to be recognized by the Association of the United States Navy with such a vote of confidence. Our military is the safeguard of our freedom and security, and it is always such an honor to stand up and speak up for those who have put themselves in harm’s way for our own protection.”

“The people honoring me are the ones who deserve our honor and our accolades as the men and women who answered the call to defend America. It is a noble calling. It takes a love of and devotion to this great country of ours to be willing to face any enemy that becomes a threat to what we hold dear. They have a willingness to exhibit what Jesus said was the greatest love—a willingness to lay down their lives for the good of others. Since our nation was not in combat during my four years on active duty in the U.S. Army, it is always an honor for me to fight for those who have fought for us.”

In addition to his prestigious award, Congressman Gohmert’s staff members, who assist him in legislative battles over our military, Caralee Conklin and Sean Griffin, were also awarded the “National Legislative Proponent Award” for the work they do daily with Veterans and the Armed Forces.

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee 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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13 House Republicans call on Sessions to appoint second special counsel

2018/02/28

Thirteen House Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Session to appoint a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton

The conservative lawmakers sent a letter to Sessions on Wednesday requesting that he appoint a special counsel to investigate the end of the Clinton email probe, the start of the investigation into Russia's election meddling and alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI.

"We acknowledge with immense gratitude that nearly every single man and woman in the [Department of Justice] and the FBI conduct themselves daily with integrity, independence, patriotism, objectivity, and commitment to the rule of law," the letter reads. "That is why this Special Counsel is of utmost importance to ensure that these historic, legendary, and necessary agencies move forward more respected and effective than before."

The letter's signers were GOP Reps. Lee Zeldin(N.Y.), Mark Meadows(N.C.), Jim Jorda(Ohio), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), Francis Rooney(Fla.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Ted Budd (N.C.), Jody Hice(Ga.), Scott Perry(Pa.), Paul Gosar(Ariz.), Andy Harris (Md.), Louie Gohmert(Texas) and Dave Brat (Va.). 

Jordan and Meadows have been calling for a second special counsel since January after revelations surfaced that the FBI did not save five months worth of text messages between two FBI agents who have been accused of pro-Clinton and anti-Trump bias during the 2016 presidential race.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month released a memo claiming that senior officials at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) abused their powers to spy on members of the Trump campaign.

The four-page memo accused the DOJ of obtaining surveillance warrants on Page. 

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee last week released their countermemo that refutes the GOP memo. 

"Our extensive review of the initial [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests," the committee's ranking Democrat Adam Schiff(Calif.) said. 

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Gohmert’s Statement on White House Signing of Kari’s Law

2018/02/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the presidential signing of Kari’s Law today at 1:30PM ET:

“Today is bittersweet for so many reasons. The Hunt family, brought in to Washington, D.C. by the White House, will witness the signing of legislation bearing their loved one’s namesake into law. Although this law will not reverse the heartbreaking loss of Kari Rene Hunt and all the horrors of that day, her legacy will now live on and safeguard others from experiencing a situation of this magnitude.”

“Kari’s Law, which ensures that anyone who dials 9-1-1 can reach emergency personnel even if the phone typically requires that user to dial an additional digit to get an outside line, was birthed by the dedication of Kari Hunt’s father, Hank Hunt.”

“In what was a tiring and sometimes frustrating process, the U.S. House of Representatives, on Kari’s 36th birthday, passed the final version of the legislation; and, today that legislation will be signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call.”

“Today is monumental -- no longer should a child, or anyone for that matter, pick up the phone to call for help and get nothing.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) presented the Hunt family with an American flag flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the presidential signing of Kari’s Law. Both he and the Hunt family will be present at the signing in the Oval Office.

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Kari's Law sent to White House after early morning vote

2018/02/09

(KLTV) - The U.S. House voted by voice just before sunrise on Friday to give final approval to H.R. 582-- Kari's Law.

The bill heads to the White House on what would have been Kari Hunt's 36th birthday. 

Related story: Gohmert delivers emotional speech on Kari's Law in US House, vote postponed

Kari's Law is legislation that will require multi-line telephone systems to allow direct-dialing of 911 services. The legislation now goes to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature or veto.

Related story: Kari's Law passes U.S. Senate, heads to U.S. House for approval

The namesake of the bill, Kari Hunt, was murdered by her estranged husband in a Marshall hotel room in December 2013. Hunt’s daughter, then 9 years old, attempted to dial 911 but was unable to reach an outside line because the multi-line phone required a “9” to be dialed first. Since then, Hank Hunt, her father, has worked to get laws passed at state and federal levels after promising his granddaughter that what happened to her will never happen to another child.

Separate versions of the bill were passed last year in the U.S. House and Senate, with a committee combining the two versions into a single bill.

The bill that passed the U.S. House Friday morning included an amendment with technical changes.

Copyright 2018 KLTV. All rights reserved.

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Gohmert’s Statement on H.R. 1892 – The Bipartisan Budget Act

2018/02/09

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his decision to vote against the massive spending bill (H.R. 1892 – The Bipartisan Budget Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The vote today for a spending bill that in essence runs up our deficit $1 Trillion was an exceedingly difficult one because of some of the things that were cynically put into the bill.”

“As the House Member, who stood up to Speaker Boehner in 2011 to demand that he not put our military on the table in a gamble in the original “Super Committee/ Sequester” bill and who has been pushing for Republican leadership to pass my bill, Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act, that would ensure our military are paid in a shutdown, I am simply outraged that our military is still being used as pawns to draw affirmative votes on irresponsible Senate spending bills forced on the House. I continue, as I have since 2011, to push for us to pass my bill that will make military pay automatic even in a shutdown and take the issue off the table as leverage to vote for bad bills.”

“As a Texan, I support helping those devastated by natural disasters, but asking that we borrow a trillion dollars, so Texas can get $25 billion or so is not a good deal. Texas had much more damage than is being provided, and we could get full disaster relief for all states if we forced the Senate to pass good House bills that cut much of the waste in government. That would require, however, the Senate to use 51 votes to suspend the requirement to have 60 votes in the Senate that the Constitution does not require. I do not condemn Republicans who voted for this bill because they were put in a terrible situation; but so are the generations that follow us. “

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee 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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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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