Roger Williams

Roger Williams


Visit from Congress: U.S. representative stops in Lampasas


Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) met with community and business leaders during a visit to Lampasas on Thursday.

Williams toured the Ajinomoto Windsor plant on the downtown square – one of the largest private employers in the city.

The congressman met with leaders of the food manufacturing company as well as representatives of the Lampasas Economic Development Corp.

“Lampasas has done a really good job of economic development,” Williams said. “We were just here to promote that and talk about seeing if anybody needs help from a federal standpoint, so we might be able to bring more jobs here.”

Williams said the factors that make the community favorable to business also tend to be true of the overall Texas economy.

“Our economic strength we’ve got here in Texas is no personal income tax,” the congressman said. “That really drives a lot of businesses to here. There’s no reason they shouldn’t come right here to Lampasas. You’ve got a great workforce, a great community. You’ve got quality of life, which is important.”

“It was good to have Congressman Williams here, to visit our plant and see our facility,” said Bruce Schroeder, general manager for the local Ajinomoto Windsor plant.

Having visits from state or national elected leaders “is a rare opportunity for us,” Schroeder said. “They’re busy in Washington and Austin…”

Williams and other lawmakers return to congressional session Sept. 6, and they will convene until October.

He outlined legislative priorities, including tax reform and national defense.

“The highest [corporate] tax rates in the world are right here in the United States,” Williams said, discussing his goal to change the tax structure.

Another major objective for Williams is “to get our military back on a budget where the generals can begin to run their own business, and we don’t continue to hollow out our military. We need to build it back.”

But the congressman was not overly optimistic about accomplishing those goals in the next session.

“I don’t know that we’ll get much done at all until after the election,” Williams said. “I think that we just don’t know. There’s so much divide up there.”

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Rep. Williams to Honor Vietnam Vets in Marble Falls Thursday


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) will meet with, address and present the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration Lapel Pin to over 100 area Vietnam War Era Veterans in Burnet County Thursday.

What: Rep. Williams to meet with Vietnam War veterans
Date:  Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time: 9:00am CT
Location: VFW Post 10376:1001 Veterans Drive, Marble Falls, Texas, 78654
Open to Press: Yes

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Rep. Williams to Visit Dripping Springs Thursday


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) will visit the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to provide a Washington update.

What: Rep. Williams to visit Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce
Date:  Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time: 11:45am CT
Location: The Terrace Club (upstairs): 2600 East Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX, 78620
Open to Press: Yes

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Vietnam-era vets honored at town hall meeting


Everyone agrees that the appreciation now being shown to military veterans of the Vietnam War era is long overdue — and well-deserved.

More than 100 Erath County Vietnam veterans gathered Monday afternoon for a town hall meeting at Paradigm in Stephenville to be honored with a commemorative U.S. Vietnam War lapel pin and an official certificate of appreciation.

The pins and certificates are to recognize the service and sacrifices made by all U.S. military members who served in active duty during the Vietnam era.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams attended the event to shake hands with each of those honored. Texas Rep. J.D. Sheffield of Gatesville, who represents District 59, also attended.

The pins are part on an ongoing nationwide effort by the Vietnam War Commemoration to recognize all members of the U.S. military who were on active duty during that war.

“This is a huge honor for me to be part of this, to thank and honor the veterans,” said Williams, who has served the 25th Congressional District since 2013. “Many of them weren’t thanked when they came back.”

When he addressed the crowd of veterans, along with their friends and family, Williams said the pins are only a small token of the nation’s appreciation.

“You weren’t given a proper welcome home and you weren’t treated fairly,” Williams told them from the podium. “Thank you for your service.”

The colors were presented by the Tarleton State University ROTC Color Guard. The ceremony also included a prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance.

The first pin was presented to Stephenville Gold Star spouse Shiela Lewis, whose husband William Wallace was killed in Vietnam.

Roger Easter, adjutant of Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240, said, “It’s been an honor to be involved in facilitating this event. It’s long overdue. These gentlemen were not properly recognized when they came back from Vietnam.”

Easter said 139 local veterans were registered to receive pins prior. At press time Monday he was not certain how many were able to attend.

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Economy not yet recovered, congressman says


COPPERAS COVE — During a tour of Central Texas this week that includes stops in Killeen, Gatesville and Copperas Cove, U.S. Rep, Roger Williams, R-Austin, said the American economy has not yet recovered.

“Today, there are 47 million people on food stamps, 15 percent of people in poverty, another 15 percent underemployed and 52 percent of college graduates that will be un- or underemployed for the next four years,” Williams told about 20 people Thursday during a Rotary Club meeting. “That’s not an economy.”

Williams, a small-business owner, discussed a number of issues, including his main points of the economy and military matters.

Empowering small-business owners by reforming taxes was his suggestion to turn around the national economy. In 2015, Williams started a program called “Jump Start America” to find solutions to put people back to work. Three weeks ago, Williams shared his ideas with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and recently Trump announced his own economic plan to reform taxes and also used the phrase “jump start America.”

Williams said he took the comparison to his program as a compliment.

Williams also spoke about military issues.

“Our military has been devastated in the last eight years, and the numbers show that,” Williams said. “We’ve gone from 1.2 million-man Army to 400,000 Army. We have the world’s greatest pilots that used to fly every day and now they fly every week, and the Navy is going to 1917 levels by the end of this year,” he said.

In 2015, Williams was appointed to a committee to research how to stop funding terrorism out of America, and that opened his eyes, he said.

“Last year, $500 million went from here to Benin, a small country in Africa, from the sale of knock-off products, like purses, shoes, to help fund terrorism,” Williams said. Another example was $1 billion from the sale of used cars from auctions.

“You see those guys firing machine guns from trucks that say Chevy or Dodge, and they were bought here at the auto auctions. We’ve got to stop that,” he said.

A member of the audience asked when will U.S. Highway 190 become an interstate.

“Five to seven years,” Williams said.

Another question was, “What is Congress doing about the military suicide rate?”

“A lot of people don’t realize there is help, and we have to do a better job at communicating that, so they know that they are not alone.” he said.

Claudia Brown, a member of the audience, said she was encouraged by what Williams said.

“I think he has good ideas about the economy and also returning to values of educating the youth about our government; that will make them more informed voters,” Brown said.

Councilman Matt Russell thanked Williams for bringing to light many important issues.

“It gave us a sense, with people like him fighting for us, there’s hope for the future to move forward in the country,” Russell said.

Today, Williams is scheduled to meet with the Killeen Heights Rotary Club at 7 a.m. and will meet with residents at the Gatesville Civic Center at 2 p.m.

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Ribbon ceremony celebrates renovated CTC building


A renovated Protective Services/Criminal Justice building was unveiled Thursday at Central Texas College.

“It is crucial that we provide those aspiring, those who want to be in such a noble profession with the resources they need to do their jobs to the best of their abilities,” said U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, about police service.

The location works well because the gym is near the main building, and will be used for physical training, CTC Police Academy Director Patrick Boone said.

More students wanted

Increasing enrollment is a priority. “We rebuilt the program in 2013, so we are rebuilding relationships with local agencies that are sending back their officers to us to train them,” Boone said.

Seven students are enrolled during the day program and 16 at night. The next police academy starts Sept. 12, and 15 people are enrolled.

The building itself, previously known as “Building 122” originally was built in 1974. A fire destroyed much of the structure in 1986, and it was rebuilt the next year.

Building 122 is now called the Protective Services building, and underwent a $615,000 renovation to convert office space to classrooms. The facade was remodeled. Upgrades to electrical, plumbing and mechanical elements were also done.

CTC Chancellor Jim Yeonopolus said students majoring in criminal justice or protective services, as well as police academy cadets, now will have a facility dedicated solely to their needs.

“The expanded classroom facilities now provide students updated classroom space, and an overall more comfortable area more conducive to learning,” Yeonopolus said.

The program was moved to this building because its former building, Building 113, was shared with other departments and is now being renovated to receive Early College students during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood and Harker Heights Mayor Rob Robinson also attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Congressman Williams visits Rotary Club


COPPERAS COVE, TX (KXXV) - A Texas Congressman wants to make sure Fort Hood soldiers transitioning out of the military have good jobs waiting for them as civilians.

Congressman Roger Williams talked about many issues at the Copperas Cove Rotary Club Thursday, but made sure to speak on one government agency he thinks would be a good fit for former soldiers.

Williams believes that the economy has to be stable in order to accommodate these soldiers.

"These kids that are serving at Fort Hood we're telling them to get out of the service. We are trying to put them in an economy that can't take them" Williams said. " We're going to be working hard to be able to allow these kids to go from the army into border patrol. We need a thousand more boarder patrol agents on the border."

Williams also mentioned that he recently spoke with Presidential Candidate Donald Trump about tax reform and putting people back to work to make America great again.

Williams says the next legislation session will start in September.

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Rep. Williams to Honor Vietnam Vets in Cleburne Tuesday


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) will meet with, address and present the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration Lapel Pin to Vietnam War Era Veterans in Johnson County on Tuesday.

What: Rep. Williams to meet with Vietnam War veterans
Date:  Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: 2:00pm CT
Location: Johnson County Courthouse: 2 N Main St #202, Cleburne, TX 76033
Open to Press: Yes

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Rep. Williams to Meet Stephenville Pharmacists Monday


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) will meet with pharmacists at Tanglewood Pharmacy in Stephenville on Monday to discuss issues related to their industry.

What: Rep. Williams to meet with pharmacists
Date:  Monday, August 22, 2016
Time: 3:30pm CT
Location: Tanglewood Pharmacy: 2445A Northwest Loop, Stephenville, Texas, 76401
Open to Press: Yes

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Rep. Williams to Honor Vietnam Vets in Stephenville Monday


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) will meet with, address and present the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration Lapel Pin to over 100 area Vietnam War Era Veterans in Erath County on Monday.

What: Rep. Williams to meet with Vietnam War veterans
Date:  Monday, August 22, 2016
Time: 2:00pm CT
Location: Paradigm: 555 W Washington St, Stephenville, Texas, 76401
Open to Press: Yes

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Roger Williams represents the 25th District of Texas in the United States Congress, a district that stretches from Tarrant County in the North to Hays County in the South and includes much of Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

Prior to his election in November 2012, Congressman Williams served his country in a number of ways and brings a unique background to Congress. He was raised in the Fort Worth area where he graduated from high school and later played baseball at Texas Christian University.

After graduating from college, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves where he played in their farm system before an injury ended his sports career and forced him to begin his business career. He began working in the family car business and has owned and operated the business for 40 years.

Along the way, he also became involved civically and politically. He served as Regional Finance Chairman for Governor Bush in 1994 and 1998 before he went on to later serve as the North Texas Chairman for the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign. Additionally, as well as the North Texas Finance Chairman and National Grassroots Fundraising Chairman for Bush/Cheney ’04, Inc. Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 as the Chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee’s Eagles Program. He has also served as State Finance Chair for John Cornyn for U.S. Senate, Inc., in 2002 and as the National Director of the “Patriots” program for Senator Cornyn.

In 2005, Governor Rick Perry appointed Congressman Williams to serve as Texas Secretary of State. As Chief Election Officer for Texas, he worked to ensure the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout the state. The Congressman worked tirelessly to promote economic development, investment and job creation in Texas. He also served as the state’s Chief Liaison for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs as well as Chair of the state’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Response Strike Force.

Congressman Williams was elected to his first term in Congress on November 6th, 2012 and was selected to serve on the House Committee on the Budget, along with the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.

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