Roger Williams

Roger Williams


Rep. Williams Statement on POW/ MIA Recognition Day


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood in the U.S. House of Representatives, today issued the following statement on POW/ MIA Recognition Day:

“Today we remember our sons and daughters who made such courageous sacrifices in defending the United States. We remind them and their families that they will never be forgotten. These are America’s heroes to whom we owe much gratitude.”

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Rep. Williams Kicks off Congressional College Football Caucus


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) this morning held the Congressional College Football Caucus’ kickoff event. The caucus is chaired by Williams and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D – Birmingham).

“I am proud to launch this bipartisan gathering of lawmakers who can set aside politics and unite behind their love of college football. We want to ensure great opportunities remain available for our student-athletes who may otherwise be unable to further their education.”

The Congressional College Football Caucus is a bipartisan gathering intended to promote the values and principles that are developed through playing football. Its goal is to educate lawmakers and the public on the vital role that college football plays in our country, while ensuring that the opportunities created by more than $5 billion in annual scholarships are preserved.

Williams is also chair of the Congressional Baseball Caucus and a coach for the Republican Congressional Baseball Team.

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Rep. Williams Honored as ‘Tax Fighter’


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee and author of the tax reform plan Jumpstart America, today received the “114th Congress Tax Fighter Award” from the National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC).

“Representative Williams has been a major asset to taxpayers all across America during his congressional service. He has had the courage to challenge the orthodoxy of Washington special interests,” said NTLC President Lewis Uhler.

Last year, Williams introduced seven bills cumulatively titled Jumpstart America. In April he testified on his tax plan before the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Rep. Williams Works to Block Future Iran Cash Payments


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, became an original cosponsor of the Prohibiting Future Payments to Iran Act after the Obama Administration on Tuesday disclosed that it had transferred an additional $1.3 billion in cash to Iran after delivering a $400 million cash payment the same day Iran released American prisoners.

“The Obama Administration needs to stop pretending that any deal is better than no deal,” said Williams. “Iran is our enemy and Iran is the enemy of our most important allies in the region. Barack Obama and John Kerry have coddled Iran’s leadership who publicly promise to wipe America off the map. Our commander-in-chief has decimated our position on the world stage and it’s time for Congress to step in and help rebuild it.”  

On Wednesday, Williams suggested that the cash should have been used to improve the quality of care for U.S. veterans instead of being sent to “a state sponsor of terrorism that imprisons American citizens and taunts our Navy.”

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Rep. Williams: Use Iran Money to Help Vets


WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today released the following statement after the Obama Administration on Tuesday disclosed that it had transferred $1.3 billion in cash to Iran shortly after it delivered a $400 million cash payment the same day Iran released four American prisoners.

“Instead of sending over ransom money to a state sponsor of terrorism that imprisons American citizens and taunts our Navy, President Obama should have used this $1.7 billion to improve the care of veterans who have so bravely served our country.”

Last month, U.S. State Department officials acknowledged the initial $400 million cash payment was used as “leverage.”

“Whether it is their refusal to utter the phrases ‘radical Islam’ or ‘ransom,’ the Obama Administration has tried time and again to deceive the American people with its policies that have made America less safe,” said Williams. “It’s time we prioritize our veterans and the national security of this great country.”

Today, Williams became a cosponsor of the Prohibiting Future Payments to Iran Act which would ban the U.S. Government from providing cash payments to the Government of Iran.

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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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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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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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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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Rep. Williams Speaks on Iran Leadership Transparency Act

2016-09-22 20:30:36

Rep. Williams: No More Cash Payments to Iran

2016-09-22 19:46:37

Rep. Williams Announces $61.5M for Barrack Upgrades at Fort Hood

2016-09-21 14:06:49

Rep. Williams Votes for CHOICE Act in Committee

2016-09-13 19:47:43

Rep. Williams Speaks on Anniversary of 9/11

2016-09-09 17:21:40

Rep. Williams Discusses VA with KCEN Waco

2016-08-17 19:35:31

Rep. Williams Speaks with Fox 7 Austin

2016-08-15 14:54:30

Rep. Williams Honors Fallen Officer Ahrens on House Floor

2016-07-12 17:28:52

Rep. Williams on Fox Business: “Valor and Heroism” Shown in Dallas

2016-07-08 17:34:45

KEYE Austin: Rep. Roger Williams says more police support needed

2016-07-08 12:56:27

Rep. Williams: AG Decision Not to Prosecute ‘Failure of our Justice System’

2016-07-07 18:35:31

Rep. Williams to Fed Chair Yellen: “Disproportionate” regulations hurting Main Street banks

2016-06-22 21:27:57

Roger Williams Statement on Fort Hood Tragedy

2016-06-03 13:33:45

Rep. Williams: "NDAA Gives Troops Pay Raise, Resources to Defeat Enemies"

2016-05-20 15:01:55

Rep. Williams Brings Jumpstart America Before Tax Committee

2016-04-13 21:29:15

Roger Williams: “Open Borders Do Not Work”

2016-03-23 12:45:16

Rep. Williams Statement on Obama’s Plan to Close Gitmo

2016-02-24 16:22:43

Rep. Williams Grills CFPB Head on Consumer Lending

2016-02-12 15:25:55

Roger Williams: "What starts at the University of Texas truly does change the world"

2016-02-12 13:59:16

Roger Williams Talks Economy, Tax Reform Plan on KXAN Austin

2016-02-08 14:55:09

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Committee Assignments

Financial Services

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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