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Texas politicians sound off on Speaker John Boehner's retirement


WASHINGTON -- Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner shocked the political world Friday when he announced his resignation at the end of October. Current and former Texas politicians expressed gratitude towards Boehner for his leadership over the last five years.

Former President George W. Bush said in a statement: "John Boehner has done an excellent job for our country as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Speaker Boehner is a master of the legislative process who has always demonstrated great respect for the institutions of Congress. I congratulate and thank him for his years of service to his constituents and thank him for his years of service to his constituents in Ohio and to the American people. Laura and I send our best wishes to John and his wife, Debbie -- and I look forward to many rounds of golf with this good man."

U.S. Rep John R. Carter (R-TX 31) released a statement saying, "I commend Speaker Boehner for his more than 25 years of service in the House. John served our great nation with dignity and served as Speaker through some very challenging times in Congress. I appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors. As we transition to new leadership, I look forward to working to bring our conference together through our shared conservative values. It is imperative that we follow a constitutionally based, conservative agenda so we can get our nation moving back in the right direction."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said after a speech Friday, "I have long called on Republican leadership to do something unusual, which is lead," according to the Washington Post. Cruz also said, via ABC News, "There is a frustration in this country and it is volcanic."

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX 1) released a lengthy statement that mentioned Boehner saying in part, “As Speaker Boehner moves on to a new chapter in his life, I truly wish both him and his family well. I have nothing but best wishes for him, wherever he will be.”

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) issued a statement saying: "John Boehner is a very gracious man, and I wish him success in his next endeavor. My focus now is on choosing a new leader to guide the House in a conservative direction. I hope all Republicans -- including those in the Senate -- are listening to what grassroots conservatives are saying: it is time for conservative leadership and conservative principles."

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX 21) have not issued formal statements on Boehner's exit from the speaker job.


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Pope's 'spirit of cooperation' message lands with thud in Congress


That didn’t take long.

Pope Francis had barely exited the House chambers Thursday by the time his plea for a “spirit of cooperation” collided with a bitterly divided Congress just days away from shutting down the federal government.

Kind words certainly flowed from both parties. But lawmakers were quick to massage the pope’s message to fit their own ideology – and ignore the parts of his address they didn’t agree with. Between his entreaties on immigration, climate change, abortion and arms sales, the pope gave partisans on both sides of the aisle enough to fit their purposes – and they did.

All in all, it’s probably safe to say the historic papal address — as emotional as it was for some members of Congress — isn’t going to change many minds in Washington on the acrimonious debates of the day.

“Folks who feel strongly about these [issues] are not going to change their positions. They have a great deal of respect for the pope but I don’t see any likelihood that it will change voting patterns up here,” Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole said.

He added, “Hopefully it changes demeanor and tone.”

It’s not likely.

Right after Pope Francis departed Capitol Hill, the White House issued a veto threat for any stop-gap funding bill that includes provisions to defund Planned Parenthood. But Republicans took heart in the pope’s call “to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”

“Let it be known that His Holiness came to Congress and called for safeguarding religious freedoms, protecting marriage and the family and defending human life,” said Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas). “I sincerely hope President Obama and my colleagues take this reminder to heart as they continue to justify federal funding for an organization that has proven to show complete carelessness and disregard for human life.”

And Democrats were quick to point to the pope’s call to lift the poor.

“I was glad to hear His Holiness remind Congress of our duty to the most vulnerable in our society by continuing the fight against poverty and working to ensure that our economic policies foster real opportunities for workers and their families to pursue the American Dream,” said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, (D-Md.)

The speech earned Pope Francis more than three dozen pauses for applause, including standing ovations for his call to welcome migrants and refugees and a push to defend life “at every stage of its development.”

But with the exception of lines in which he praised the culture of the U.S. or historical figures, many of the most spirited responses to his proposals were along party lines. New York Democrat Rep. Lydia Velasquez let out an audible “whoop” when the pope called for an abolishment of the death penalty. And two leading Republicans, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), remained seated during a standing ovation cheering on the need for an aggressive response to climate change.

“It was a speech about humanity more than politics,” said Connecticut Democrat Rep. John Larson. “It was a speech about morality — and I think people can read into either side of that, whatever their side wants to.”

Despite the overtly political messages in Pope Francis’ speech, members on both sides of the aisle were clearly moved by his presence on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers lined up before the doors open at 8 a.m. to get prime seats. Many took selfies on the House floor to celebrate the occasion and at least a dozen lawmakers were snapping photos during the pope’s address.

The famously emotional Speaker John Boehner, a devout Catholic, was visibly tearing when he first encountered Pope Francis before the joint address.
But it was back to politics as usual soon after the pope left the building.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) argued that the pope seemingly backtracked from his strong message on climate change earlier in a proclamation from the Vacation. In that encyclical, the Pope said the scientific community was in agreement over the cause of climate change.

"If you look at paragraph 23 of his encyclical he says there is a scientific consensus," Huelskamp said. "He didn't say that here. He backed off paragraph 23."


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Rep. Williams Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Announced Resignation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he would resign from Congress next month:

"I welcome the Speaker’s decision to pass the torch on to new leadership,” said Williams. "John Boehner is a very gracious man, and I wish him success in his next endeavor. My focus now is on choosing a new leader to guide the House in a conservative direction. I hope all Republicans – including those in the Senate – are listening to what grassroots conservatives are saying: it is time for conservative leadership and conservative principles."

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Roger Williams Statement on Pope Francis Address to Congress


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) released the following statement after Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning in the House of Representatives chamber:

“On this historic day, let it be known that His Holiness came to Congress and called for safeguarding religious freedoms, protecting marriage and the family and defending human life,” said Williams. “As the pontiff professed, ‘The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.’ I sincerely hope President Obama and my colleagues take this reminder to heart as they continue to justify federal funding for an organization that has proven to show complete carelessness and disregard for human life.”

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Roger Williams Statement on Passing of Yogi Berra


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), a former professional baseball player and college baseball coach, made the following statement after the death of Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra:

“A veteran, a wordsmith and one of the greatest baseball players to take the field, Yogi Berra is the embodiment of the perfect American hero. His lasting impact on the game will make our memories of him permanent. From my childhood as a bat boy for the Kansas City Athletics to now as a Congressman, Yogi Berra has always been an inspiration to me. During my playing days, Yogi personally gave me batting advice that has guided me in and out of the ballpark – ‘A curveball is just a fastball with a curve on it.’”

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Rep. Williams Picks Texas Pro-Life Leader as Guest for Pope Visit


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today announced he has invited Texas Alliance for Life's Executive Director Joe Pojman, Ph.D., as his guest for the pope’s address to Congress.

"I'm honored to have this opportunity to represent Texas Alliance for Life on this historic occasion," said Pojman.

Pope Francis, the first pope to address a joint session of Congress, will speak in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber Thursday morning.

“I am thrilled Dr. Pojman has accepted my invitation,” said Williams. “As a leader of pro-life initiatives, I think Dr. Pojman should hear firsthand what I hope His Holiness will speak on during his visit. As Congress debates the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, I expect this pope to use this historic opportunity to remind us, particularly his Catholic following in Congress, that lawmakers should always vote to uphold the sanctity of life rather than provide special treatment to organizations that treat life with such disregard.”   

Texas Alliance for Life is a statewide, nonprofit organization of people dedicated to protecting innocent human life from conception though natural death using peaceful, legal means.

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Roger Williams Addresses Texas Bankers


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) addressed attendees at the 41st annual Independent Bankers Association of Texas convention in Galveston Monday.

Williams, a small business owner and member of the House Financial Services Committee, spoke on harmful federal policies affecting community banks and credit unions and the small business community and discussed his legislation designed to correct them.

The Community Financial Institution Exemption Act, introduced by Williams, would require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to explain to Main Street lenders why they are not exempted from certain CFPB rules and regulations as permitted by law.

“The un-American, anti-growth policies of Dodd-Frank (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), the CFPB and Operation Choke Point are the products of bureaucrats and elected officials who have little to no business experience,” said Williams. “…they haven’t worked on payrolls, they haven’t counted inventory and they haven’t put people to work.”

This summer, Williams introduced his seven bill tax reform plan, Jumpstart America: A Business Perspective on True Tax Reform, which has the support of former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Donald Powell.

On the fifth year anniversary of the signing of Dodd-Frank into law, Williams and his committee colleague Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed published in American Banker titled, Reform the CFPB to Better Protect Consumers.

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Republican Health-Policy Focus Shifts to Abortion Limits


WASHINGTON—With little to show for their efforts to repeal the 2010 health law, Republicans have refocused on trying to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America and tighten federal abortion restrictions.

The shift has occurred both on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail. In the most recent GOP presidential debate, abortion was a prominent talking point while candidates mentioned the Affordable Care Act only a handful of times. In Congress, Republicans are weighing shutting down the government on Oct. 1 in a bid to defund Planned Parenthood. And both chambers are voting on antiabortion bills this month amid a crush of other issues.

The GOP shift reflects a grudging acknowledgment that repealing the ACA won’t happen as long as President Barack Obama is in office. “People are sick and tired of Obamacare,” said Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, which wants to limit government involvement in health coverage. “Planned Parenthood is something new and fresh.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and conservative House Republicans led the charge in 2013 to block funding for the health law in a fight that led to a partial government shutdown. Now, Mr. Cruz and his House allies are again trying to use a must-pass spending bill in late September as leverage to try to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. A government shutdown back then didn’t actually block funds for the health law, just as a shutdown now wouldn’t cut off money for the women’s health organization.

Republicans have sought to defund Planned Parenthood since July, when the first of a series of videos released by an antiabortion group showed officials with the group discussing procuring fetal tissue from abortions to provide to third parties for medical research.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is expected to take the first steps toward setting up a Thursday vote on a spending bill that would seek to cut federal funds for Planned Parenthood, congressional aides said. Democrats are expected to prevent the measure from getting the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle. At that point, Mr. McConnell would likely move to consider a spending bill that retains Planned Parenthood funding, aides said.

Before that, on Tuesday, the Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The House, which has voted more than 50 times to repeal or undercut parts of the health law, has also recently shifted its focus to antiabortion measures. Last week, the chamber passed a one-year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding and another antiabortion bill.
Rep. Roger Williams (R., Texas) said that his constituents have urged him to vote against any spending bill that includes funding for the group. “Between my conscience and my district, I won’t be voting to fund Planned Parenthood,” he said.

But attention to the defunding effort also is exposing tensions within the GOP. While many House Republicans say they would oppose any spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood, other GOP lawmakers say that strategy would spark a public backlash without actually ending the group’s federal funding.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R., Calif.) said the latest Planned Parenthood fight was undermining GOP efforts to reduce federal spending. “I’m afraid the question over Planned Parenthood has distracted public attention from that overriding responsibility that we have to put the nation’s finances back in order before we bankrupt it,” he said in a recent interview.

Republicans’ shift away from the health law has come at the same time they have picked up some Democratic allies in their efforts to chip away at some of the health law’s least popular provisions. Last week Sen. Martin Heinrich (D., N.M.) backed a measure to repeal a 40% excise tax on generous employer plans.

A Senate bill to repeal a 2.3% tax on medical devices also has bipartisan support, particularly from Democrats whose states are home to medical-device companies. The two measures could get rolled into year-end negotiations between the White House and Congress as potential GOP demands in exchange for raising the federal borrowing limit or increasing spending levels.

Republicans’ plans to use reconciliation, a procedural shortcut tied to the budget process, to repeal the health law have faded as GOP leaders have proposed instead using reconciliation to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

Under reconciliation, a bill can be passed in the Senate with just a simple majority, enabling partisan legislation to reach the president’s desk. Most measures need 60 votes to clear procedural hurdles in the Senate, where Republicans hold 54 seats.

Even if Mr. Obama would veto any bills to eliminate Planned Parenthood funding or add new abortion limits, many Republicans want to force him to make that choice. By contrast, the battle lines around the health care law are already clearly drawn, they said.

“The health-care law is fairly clear in people’s minds: they know Republicans are against it; they know Barack Obama’s for it,” said Rep. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.) But the Planned Parenthood debate is “not as well defined,” he said.

The health law has faded somewhat as a GOP talking point in part because many candidates are still honing their proposals for what would replace it.

Outlining what they would change means distilling down complicated proposals that are difficult for voters to digest. Opposition to the law is likely to heat up once more candidates reveal their proposals, policy experts said.

Momentum has also slowed in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that upheld subsidized health insurance for lower-income Americans. The June ruling preserved a centerpiece of the law and was a major blow to critics of the ACA.

The court’s decision to uphold subsidies to offset premiums spared Republicans a messy internal debate over how far to go to protect those who would have suddenly lost coverage. Few Republicans have been eager to reopen the discussion over how to replace the health law.


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Pope visits U.S.: ‘I think our country needs this message’


Lisa Arth can’t wait to hear what Pope Francis has to say this week.

The 54-year-old from Southlake is among hundreds of thousands of Americans who will personally see the pope — even if it’s from a distance — during his first trip to the United States since being named the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.

“I think it’s a great blessing to be able to be close to him,” said Arth, a French professor at Tarrant County College who, along with her husband, Mike, will see the pope in Philadelphia as part of the World Meeting of Families.

“He’s the spiritual leader for our Catholic Church,” she said. “Being that leader, God graces him with a lot to distribute. Hearing him and being around him will be a wonderful experience.”

The Arths and scores of other North Texans will make their way to where Pope Francis will speak in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

During his historic trip, the pontiff has a full schedule that begins with meeting President Barack Obama and becoming the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress.

The Argentina-born pope’s visit also includes speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, praying with bishops, leading a service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, visiting a prison, participating in parades and celebrating Mass to close out the meeting on family issues in Philadelphia.

“It’s going to be exciting,” said U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a Republican whose district stretches from the edges of Tarrant County to Austin. “It will be a memorable event.

“How many chances do you get to even be close to the pope?”

Important message

Fort Worth Bishop Michael F. Olson will see Francis, who was elected pope in 2013, several times.

He will be among those praying with him at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in D.C., celebrating the canonization Mass of Junipero Serra and praying at the consolidated Mass on the last day of the World Meeting of Families.

He doesn’t expect to have a chance to talk to the pope, with whom he has spoken once before.

“He has a lot of people to visit with and see and a very important message to give,” said Olson, one of Pope Francis’ first appointments.

Francis has made a big impression, working to make the church more inclusive, particularly for those who are divorced, gay, poor or sick.

He drew nationwide attention for encouraging priests to forgive women who committed “thesin” of having abortions, for weighing in on climate change and for calling the flood of children crossing the border into the U.S. last year a “humanitarian emergency.” He may well ask Congress to move forward with a long-stalled comprehensive immigration bill.

Olson said he has no way of knowing what the pope’s message will be, but he believes it will touch on several points: dignity and respect for all people; a duty to help the poor; and pure and simple hope.

Olson said he hopes the visit leads people to be more tolerant and respectful of others, particularly the most vulnerable in society. He also hopes people will start to think of relevant social issues “in the light of God … who cares for us unconditionally.”

Most of all, Olson said, he hopes the visit brings a spiritual awakening for people of all faiths.

“I hope they get encouraged and get a chance to stop for a moment and to really think and experience how God does exist in their lives,” he said. “There has to be room for conscious contact with God to live our life in a happy way as human beings.”

For now, Olson encourages people to pray for Pope Francis as he makes this journey. “Pray that things go God’s way and that God blesses him in the way he wants to bless him,” Olson said.

The Rev. Stephen Jasso is disappointed that he will miss the pope during his visit but said he believes great things will come from it.

“I think his message is going to be very clear and encouraging,” said Jasso, of All Saints Catholic Church in Fort Worth. “I think he’s going to give us the opportunity to be closer to each other and have the attitude of mercy and forgiveness.

“I think our country needs this message.”

Moving forward?

Congressional offices gave out tickets to let people watch the pope’s speech to Congress on Jumbotrons set up on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Williams said his office received an overwhelming response for the limited number of tickets. They were gone quickly; none remain.

Williams said he looks forward to the historic speech to Congress on Thursday and hopes the pope talks about the “importance of life and the unborn.”

That’s why he invited Joe Pojman, executive director of the Austin-based Texas Alliance for Life, as his guest for the speech.

“I hope he touches on the life issues … literally the future of America,” Williams said.

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, said she’s interested to see what Francis will discuss.

“The statements the pope has made have been very interesting,” she said. “He’s a pope for the times. He’s addressing issues that are very topical right now.”

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey said that if the speech mentions immigration reform, his “deepest hope is that the pope’s message does not fall on deaf ears and that my Republican colleagues finally bring comprehensive immigration reform to the floor for a vote.”

“It is the only way that we as an elected body and as brothers and sisters of the global community can fulfill his call to action and give the undocumented community concrete hope,” said Veasey, D-Fort Worth.

Veasey has invited Lisette Moreno, whose parents brought her to the United States when she was young and overstayed their visas, to join him in the House gallery for the speech.

‘Purity, hope and love’

Sheryl Collmer, 57, of Plano will see the pontiff late this week at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia — a once-every-three-years event billed as the largest Catholic meeting of families.

“I’ll be somewhere in the general vicinity of him with a million other people,” she said. “I’m quite charmed by Pope Francis. Most Catholics are.

“He’s just so personable, and he has such a way with people. I think even in a crowd of a million, that personality will be evident.”

She said she was in crowds trying to see Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II.

“Even if you don’t get up close, it’s very edifying to be in a crowd and see the general affection — very deep — for the person who is pope,” said Collmer, whose work at Tobet, an Irving-based religious nonprofit, is often linked with the Diocese of Fort Worth.

“You’re surrounded by thousands of people interested in purity, hope and love.”

‘Important things will be said’

For Lisa and Mike Arth, the Philadelphia trip won’t be the first time they’ve seen a pope, either.

They were newlyweds when they saw Pope John Paul II in San Antonio. When he walked onstage, it was a powerful experience.

“His presence was amazing,” Lisa Arth said.

Now, after being married for 28 years and raising four children, Lisa Arth expects seeing Pope Francis to be a different experience.

“I think each pope or Holy Father is unique,” she said. “We have been very, very excited about it, and we are really looking forward to it.

“I know there are a lot of families that would like to be able to attend but for various reasons aren’t able to, but that doesn’t mean they can’t experience it,” she said. “I think some very important things will be said when we have that visit.”

Here are highlights from the pope’s trip, as detailed by the Vatican on June 30.
Tuesday: He arrives in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday: He meets with President Barack Obama at the White House, participates in a papal parade, prays with bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and holds a canonization Mass in Spanish at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Thursday: He addresses a joint meeting of Congress, visits St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, then heads to New York in time for evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Friday: He meets with the U.N. General Assembly, conducts a multifaith service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, leads a procession through Central Park and celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden.
Saturday: He heads to Philadelphia, celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, visits Independence Mall, drops in on the Festival of Families and holds a prayer vigil.
Sept. 27: He holds a papal meeting with bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel, visits a correctional facility, celebrates Mass to conclude the World Meeting of Families and heads back to Rome.
Source: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


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U.S. House Republicans vote to strip Planned Parenthood funds


U.S. House Republicans voted to deny funds to women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood for a year on Friday but the action did little to quell party desires to use a spending bill as leverage in their fight to punish the group in an abortion controversy.

Congress adjourned for the weekend with an Oct. 1 government shutdown deadline fast approaching and no clear plan from Republican leaders for extending funding for federal agencies.

Many conservative Republicans had called for the stop-gap spending measure to deny funding to Planned Parenthood, but others in the party, aware of Democratic opposition, had said this would increase the likelihood of a second government shutdown in two years.

House Speaker John Boehner, trying to release some steam from his caucus, chose to delay consideration of a spending bill vote and put the stand-alone defunding bill to a vote, along with a separate measure aimed at banning abortions that involve live births.

Both measures passed easily, largely on party lines.

Planned Parenthood faces allegations, which it denies, of improperly selling fetal tissue from abortions. The non-profit group said Internet videos that have inflamed anti-abortion sentiment among Republicans "falsely" portray its participation in tissue donation programs for medical research.

Several House Republicans said the two bills passed on Friday would be blocked by Senate Democrats, and stronger action to stop Planned Parenthood funding may be necessary.

"I think you still need to continue to look at the funding mechanism as a potential vehicle to stop the murders," said Representative Bill Flores of Texas, who heads a group of 172 House conservatives.

During debate of the two bills, Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York said the legislation "attempts to criminalize legal medical care and punish women by rolling back reproductive choices."

Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina said he was concerned that anti-Planned Parenthood policy provisions in the spending bill would prompt a shutdown without stopping the practices.

And Representative Roger Williams of Texas said, "There are "people like me who can't find a way to vote for anything that funds Planned Parenthood."

The White House again called on Republicans to enter budget talks to ease automatic spending constraints, but said a short funding extension was still needed.

"I would not envision a long extension of funding at current levels, but rather enough time for Congress to finally convene the talks, reach an agreement and implement it," White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said. (Additional reporting by Richard Cowan and Doina Chiacu)


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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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