Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Rep. Gohmert Issues Statement on President Biden’s Invitation-Only Joint Session of Congress Address

2021/04/28

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) issued the following statement on President Biden’s invitation-only Joint Session of Congress Address:

“Under the guise of COVID-19 safety protocols, the President, or people making his decisions, have not invited all members of both Houses of Congress to attend Wednesday evening’s speech. Instead, they have broken the Biden administration’s pledge of unity, making his speech invitation-only. 

“Searching House precedents which are catalogued as far back as 1789, it does not appear there are any instances of a restricted small group of Members of Congress being favored with an exclusive invitation to a Joint Session. Though the Speaker even brought a Member with COVID into the House Chamber to insure she had enough votes to be reelected Speaker, she now claims to want to protect everyone from that same virus. A majority of us with immunity to COVID were not invited.

“Perhaps they fear Congressional reaction to this Administration’s radical, divisive, socialist agenda from a House and Senate with razor thin Democrat majorities. Their replacement of Constitutional devotion with optics and a gaslighting narrative continues to be their modus operandi. In 2016, Democrat Members staged an insurrection where they physically took over the House Floor, and for the first time in Congressional history, prevented a scheduled session, all in an effort to force the then-Republican majority to vote on stripping Americans of their constitutional right to bear arms. They are constantly setting new patterns for divisiveness and this is yet one more.”

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Letter: Rep. Gohmert Requests Answers from DHS & HHS on Destinations of Illegal Immigrants Entering U.S.

2021/04/15

As widespread abuse and criminality pour over the U.S.-Mexico border thanks to the Biden Administration’s manufactured crisis, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) led a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting the following:

•            The name and location of each U.S. city and town where illegal immigrants have been sent, transported, or provided ability or funding to travel to, or allowed to travel to by other funding including their own or private funding for all individuals who entered the U.S. without visas; and

•            For each named U.S. city or town, the total number of immigrants who have been sent, transported, or provided ability or funding to travel to, or allowed to travel to by other funding including their own or private funding to such city or town. 

Rep. Gohmert was joined by 33 of his colleagues in signing the letter: Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14), Rep. Yvette Herrell (NM-02), Rep. Tracey Mann (KS-01), Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN-01), Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05), Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-09), Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21), Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10), Rep. Matthew Rosendale, Sr. (MT-At Large), Rep. Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), Rep. John R. Carter (TX-31), Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-17), Rep. Ted Budd (NC-13), Rep. Bill Posey (FL-08), Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO-03), Rep. W. Gregory Steube (FL-17), Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05), Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10), Rep. Lance Gooden (TX-05), Rep. Bob Good (VA-05), Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07), Rep. Ronny L. Jackson (TX-13), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-At Large), Rep. Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Rep. Michael Cloud (TX-27), Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Rep. Randy K. Weber (TX-14), Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42), Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01)

“It wasn’t long ago that—thanks to the leadership and vision of President Trump—the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border was under control,” said Rep. Gohmert. “Now, after being lured here by misleading promises from the current President, our Southern border has become complete pandemonium, with criminality running rampant. As a result, many illegal immigrants are receiving all-expenses-paid trips, oftentimes courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, to American cities across the country. Congress, and more importantly, the American people, have a right to know how many of these individuals will be flooding their neighborhoods.”

Text of the letter can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gohmert Amendment to Reparations Bill Seeks to Determine if Democratic Party Should Pay Funds

2021/04/15

Last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) offered an amendment to H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, to determine whether or not the Democratic Party should be responsible for any compensation to descendants of slavery in the United States given the party’s longstanding support for the barbaric practice.

“Throughout American history, one political party has had a virtual obsession with protecting and perpetuating the evil institution of slavery,” said Rep. Gohmert. “That is the Democratic Party, which even had party platforms in the 1800’s that advocated for slavery. Even after the Civil War ended slavery, Democrats continued to attempt perpetuating the outrageous wickedness of racial discrimination, including disparate treatment, segregation, and Jim Crow laws. As Democrats continued to fight against equal treatment for African-Americans, not a single Democrat in Congress voted to support the 14th Amendment which granted full citizenship to freed slaves. Nor did any Democrats vote for the 15th Amendment which gave freed slaves the right to vote. 

“Democrats now try to hide their Party’s hideous history by claiming that all the racist Democrats changed parties, which a look at the facts and numbers disclose is blatantly false. Should the commission determine that compensation should be awarded to descendants of slaves, those funds should come directly from the party which embraced, perpetuated and promoted nearly two centuries of terror and injustices against African-Americans. We’ve already seen the modern-day damage that Democrat policies have done to African-American communities in big cities across America. Let’s continue to fight for equal opportunity, and cease attempting to punish children for sins of people they never knew.”

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Rep. Gohmert Responds After Ethics Committee Denies Appeal to Metal Detector Fine

2021/03/30

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) issued the following statement after the House Ethics Committee denied his appeal to overturn the Speaker’s unconstitutional fine in a 5-5 vote along party lines with the requirement of a majority to overturn the fine:

 

"Multiple witnesses watched Speaker Pelosi avoid metal detectors and avoid being wanded when she entered the House Floor that same day that I DID go through the metal detector to enter the House floor but was not wanded coming out of the restroom. If this is not corrected in a courtroom, then House members of both parties will be subject to the tyranny of a partisan, zealot Speaker for the rest of Congress’ existence."

 

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Rep. Gohmert in Epoch Times: Pelosi's Capitol Police Bill Gaslights America

2021/03/25

Rep. Louie Gohmert's latest op-ed on Speaker Pelosi's Capitol Police Bill has been featured in the Epoch Times:

Democrats have solidified their effort to act as an Orwellian Ministry of Truth with the passage of Speaker Pelosi’s H.R. 1085 in the House of Representatives. This bill rewrites the historical facts from Jan. 6 under the guise of “honoring” the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) who bravely protect Congress.

Pelosi’s goal, of course, isn’t to show respect and admiration to the Capitol Police—which would be particularly ironic coming from the “defund the police” party—but to perpetuate a false narrative that 74-plus million Americans are dangerous racists and insurrectionists who have no part in civilized society.

H.R. 1085 states its purpose is, “to award three congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.”

That certainly sounds innocent enough. However, the language in the bill editorializes in its “findings” Speaker Pelosi’s deliberately politicized view of what happened that day, instead of doing what a bill put before Members of Congress for a vote to recognize the USCP presumably would do, which is to recount the many meritorious acts of our brave and devoted officers.

When Speaker Pelosi’s bill speaks of “a mob of insurrectionists,” she ascribes both a mental state and a crime to many Americans who merely showed up to a rally to protest the blatant corruption they’ve witnessed in this nation’s electoral system.

To illustrate how hyperbolic and outright deceptive Speaker Pelosi’s choice of words are here, the internet’s own Free Dictionary defines “insurrectionist” as “a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority,” which is another way of saying the government.

These are the words that Speaker Pelosi has chosen to use, to accuse her fellow Americans of the crime of armed insurrection. As any first-year law student can tell you, publicly accusing someone of a crime is actionable as libel or slander in a court of law.

The facts as we know them, including testimony before the United States Senate from an FBI counterterrorism official, reveals that not a single individual who entered the building that day was carrying a firearm, and as a result, none were arrested and charged with a firearms offense.

Because of my high regard for the Capitol Police, some of whom I personally know and hold in great esteem, I wanted to recognize their valor without lending credence to these deliberate falsehoods. Had I voted in favor of the Speaker’s language, I would have affirmed her narrative.

It is for this reason that my colleagues and I removed her divisive language and filed that bill to honor our Capitol Police, so that every Member of Congress could vote on a non-politicized bill in good conscience.

As to be expected, the Left and the media set out to attack my colleagues and me for voting against Speaker Pelosi’s narrative, which engaged in the ultimate gaslighting of the American people.

For months, our country was under violent siege by radical leftists from Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement. Cities were burned, businesses were looted, and livelihoods were destroyed.

A disturbing report from the Major Cities Chiefs Association revealed that between May 25 and July 31, 2020, 8,700 protests took place across the country. Of those, 574 of them turned into riots in which mass looting and destruction occurred.

At least 2,000 police officers were injured, multiple police precincts were set on fire, hundreds of police cars were damaged, 2,385 incidents of looting occurred, and 624 arsons were reported.

At least 25 Americans were killed, including a federal law enforcement officer and a retired police chief. The damage to property during the riots has been estimated to cost between $1 billion and $2 billion.

What did Democrats do while this was occurring?

Our now-Vice President Kamala Harris urged her followers on Twitter to bail out the rioters. This same bail fund helped free one rioter twice. Since then, he is “facing three new felony counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm for allegedly having marijuana, cocaine and psilocyn mushrooms.”

When mobs were destroying city property, Speaker Pelosi casually responded that “people will do what they do.” Radical Leftist lawmakers introduced a bill to defund the police.

Democrats showed no concern for the thousands of innocent lives that were destroyed due to the riots over the summer. We certainly didn’t hear them condemn the violence against the thousands of police officers that took place during these “mostly peaceful protests.”

Unlike what we now see at the Capitol fortress in Washington, D.C., there were no calls from the Left for the National Guard to deploy to these cities and install fencing to protect its residents. To the contrary, when President Trump sent DHS officers to Portland after weeks of unrest, Speaker Pelosi called them “stormtroopers” and “Trump’s secret police.”

Many Americans, and I suspect many law enforcement officers, see right through the Democrats’ recent, fraudulent metamorphosis into the party of law and order.

As someone who has spent a majority of my adult life working for justice, law and order with an abiding respect for honorable, self-sacrificing law officers, I call upon Congress to set aside its self-serving agenda in this time of great peril and to bring forth responsible legislation in the future, not continue down this path of divisiveness. As Members of Congress we owe it to those who elected us to hold sacred our vows and our duties as America’s lawmakers.

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Rep. Gohmert Mourns the Loss of His Father

2021/03/25

The Office of Congressman Louie Gohmert released the following statement:

Louis B. Gohmert, age 95 of Mt. Pleasant and father of Congressman Louie Gohmert, passed away at a Tyler hospital Thursday morning.  He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.

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Rep. Gohmert Introduces Bill to Honor U.S. Capitol Police

2021/03/17


Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) introduced a bill honoring the U.S. Capitol Police.

The Congressman issued the following statement about the legislation:

“Speaker Pelosi’s bill, HR 1085, does not honor anyone, but rather seeks to drive a narrative that isn’t substantiated by known facts.  We absolutely do want to show our gratitude and respect for the U.S. Capitol Police, so I removed the Speaker’s false and politicized narrative in order to arrive at legislation that truly honors those who selflessly serve us in Congress.”

 


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Rep. Gohmert on Newsmax: Biden Administration Created the Border Crisis

2021/03/12

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) joined Newsmax's John Bachman today, along with Rep. Andy Biggs to discuss the latest on the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and President Biden's address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Gohmert criticized the Biden Administration for enacting policies which created the crisis at the border. 

"Let me tell you, John, when you hear the term unaccompanied minor, that's not true. Even if nobody else is accompanying them they are accompanied by drug cartel coyotes...Somebody needs to wake up at the White House and say 'this has got to stop' this is a crisis of humanity that is going on right now," the Congressman said.

"There was not a crisis there...they created a crisis by telling people all over the world that now is the time to come. The immigrants have gotten the message...they are coming in droves. Trump had it under control. Why? Because he was compassionate about those people that were in terrible situations. He didn't want them controlled by the drug cartels, but Biden doesn't care," he continued.

Watch the full segment below:

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Rep. Gohmert: Bipartisan Background Checks Act Penalizes Law-Abiding Americans

2021/03/10

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) spoke during today's floor debate in consideration of H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require universal background checks for all firearm sales, to include private sales. The bill would penalize law-abiding Americans and infringe upon their Second Amendment rights.


"And we’re told...that this will save lives, and yet there is not one single mass killing that has been brought up here today that would have been prevented by this bill," said the Congressman.

"So, let’s talk about lives that would be saved, think about the people that are shot every day, and would their situation be different if they were not having it so difficult to legally get a gun?

"I mean I have tried, I think we had thousands of cases, felony cases that came through my court, and we tried a lot of those cases. Over and over you hear, 'The criminals, they’re not obeying the law. They’re not going to follow the law. They got their guns illegally.' And this will not change...They steal them, they buy them from other people who stole them. They don’t obey the law, that’s why they’re criminals. So, quit penalizing the American people."

Watch the full speech below:

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Rep. Gohmert Reacts to Biden Administration's Border Crisis

2021/03/05

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) joined Newsmax's Chris Salcedo today to discuss the Biden Administration's out of control border crisis.

"It isn't just a border crisis, it is a national crisis," said the Congressman.

"If anybody really cares deeply about those people coming in illegally across our southern border, the best thing we can do, the most loving and kind and caring thing we can do is totally secure the border because those kids wouldn't be molested and trafficked."

"This administration is the biggest...accomplice the drug cartels in Mexico have going for them. Now that it's reopening, they will make billions and billions more than they could during the Trump administration. Who's going to suffer? All of these people being trafficked," Rep. Gohmert said.

Watch the full interview below:

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Rep. Gohmert: Democrats' "Compassion" Allows for Migrants to be forced into Trafficking

2021-04-30 20:48:15


Rep. Gohmert Joins Sean Hannity to Discuss D.C. Statehood 4-26-21

2021-04-27 20:10:31


Gohmert on DC Statehood: Democrats, Not Republicans are in Favor of Taxation without Representation

2021-04-24 14:16:53


Rep. Gohmert's Special Order Speech on DC Statehood and the Defund the Police Movement 4-22-21

2021-04-23 00:27:44


Rep. Gohmert: DC Statehood is About Politics, Not Principle

2021-04-22 18:09:41


Rep. Gohmert Floor Speech- Special Order 4-16-21

2021-04-17 01:16:52


Reps. Gohmert, McClintock and Owens Take on Democrats' Reparations Bill

2021-04-16 16:15:26


Gohmert Introduces Amendment to Reparations Bill to Determine if Democratic Party Should Pay Funds

2021-04-15 17:33:50


Rep. Gohmert: Border Crisis is Human Tragedy Invited by Biden Admin (4-5-21)

2021-04-06 19:01:52


Rep. Gohmert: The MLB is destroying its Fan Base over "Woke" Culture

2021-04-06 17:18:39


Rep. Gohmert: Biden 'gaslighting' Americans about true purpose of infrastructure bill

2021-04-02 02:19:48


Rep. Gohmert: VP Harris Wouldn't Be Laughing if She Visited the Border

2021-04-01 02:49:49


COVID-19 and Medical Freedom- Reps. Louie Gohmert and Paul Gosar

2021-03-18 15:39:32


Rep. Gohmert Speaks at HFC Press Conference on Biden Border Crisis

2021-03-17 20:21:38


Rep. Gohmert: Border Chaos is Biden's Crisis to Handle

2021-03-16 19:45:19


Rep Gohmert Reacts to Border Crisis and Biden's Prime Time Speech

2021-03-12 19:18:33


Rep. Gohmert: President Biden's Policies are Helping Fund Traffickers and Cartels

2021-03-11 18:50:39


Rep. Gohmert: Bipartisan Background Checks Act Penalizes Law-Abiding Americans

2021-03-10 21:05:54


Rep. Gohmert Reacts to Biden Administration's Border Crisis

2021-03-06 01:24:42


Special Order with Louie Gohmert: The Shameful Treatment of the National Guard in D.C.

2021-03-03 20:58:16


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Serving his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in on January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses more than 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border with Louisiana.

As the recipient of numerous awards such as Endowment for Middle East Truth’s “Speaker of the Truth Award” and Freedom Works’ “Freedom Fighter Award,” Louie passionately speaks in Washington on the issues he and most of us hold dearest. He is an unapologetic warrior for our most cherished freedoms which are under attack and some are even being marginalized and diminished.

He has not only been sought as a key note speaker all over the U.S., but has been and invited speaker at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England, as well as other countries. After the Obama administration condemned the largest peaceful demonstration in the history of the world in Egypt in June of 2013 which resulted in the ouster of Pres.Morsi who was maneuvering toward a dictatorship, some American leaders demanded the Muslim Brotherhood dictator be put back in office where he had seized so much power, but Louie became the first and most public elected US official to commend the Egyptians and making him an Egyptian populist hero, earning an award from the Chamber of Commerce in Cairo.

He is a staunch advocate for the U.S. being the best friend Israel could have in the world as an acknowledged friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu.

He is a tireless advocate on the House Floor, all over east Texas and the nation, as well as in the national and international media on many critical issues.  These include not only the necessity to fight terrorism from its most prominent source, radical Islam, but also promoting the preservation of U.S. Constitutional authority, freedoms of religion and speech, state’s rights, 2nd amendment rights, and all those rights most of us hold dearest.

Louie is a bold defender of America’s founding principles and is constantly coming up with big, innovative ideas solidly based on conservative principles and the ideals that has served as this nation’s bedrock since birth.

Congressman Gohmert serves on the House Judiciary Committee playing a vital role on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, as well as, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee serving on the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee and is honored to have the title of Republican Leader on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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 the Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University where he acquired a four year active duty commitment to the Army from an Army scholarship, and where he was Brigade Commander in the Corps while also serving as Class President for both Corps and Civilian students. He later graduated from Baylor School of Law where he was also Class President, President of the Moot Court Society, and won a number of awards including an award for his Law Review Article on torts. He is also a veteran having served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army.

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 Sunday school teacher for many years. He now frequently speaks or preaches at churches throughout his district and around the country.


Serving With

Dan Crenshaw

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Van Taylor

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Pat Fallon

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Lance Gooden

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

August Pfluger

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Ronny Jackson

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Chip Roy

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Troy Nehls

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Tony Gonzales

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Beth Van Duyne

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Michael Cloud

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Brian Babin

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