Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Gohmert Introduces Kari's Law of 2017

2017/01/19

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the reintroduction of his bill, H.R. 582, the Kari's Law Act of 2017, which previously passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives but was held up in the Senate:

“In the last Congress, we had strong bi-partisan and bicameral support for Kari’s Law, and even had a Democrat as lead sponsor in the Senate who was on the committee with jurisdiction and willing to marshal the bill toward passage. However, the bill got held up in the Senate when there was a push to add additional language which would have created significant costs to implement and added more government intrusion into our personal lives. The bill as I drafted it with input from constituents, businesses, phone companies, and installers of systems would have cost virtually nothing, but simply required that all phone systems allow anyone dialing 9-1-1 to always have that call go straight to an emergency operator without dialing any prefix number.” 

“Having further discussions with Senate friends, I believe we can get it through both Houses of Congress this time without the hold up in the Senate. We have no doubt that President Trump will be pleased to sign the bill as well. In the House itself, the Energy and Commerce Committee leaders who were so helpful last term, have actually encouraged me to file it immediately this term so we can work together toward making this one of the early new laws of this Congress. In other words, we want to press while the iron is still hot.”

“The horrific death of east Texas resident, Kari Rene Hunt, caused many people throughout the First District of Texas and the country to lose trust in a system that should assist when faced with emergency situations. Never again should a child or anyone else, for that matter, pick up the phone, dial 9-1-1, and get nothing.” 

“Sadly, this legislation will not reverse the heartbreaking loss of Kari and all the horrors of that day; but, it is my prayer her legacy will safeguard others, so they never experience a situation of this magnitude.  I am also optimistic that Republican Senate Leaders will be very helpful in making this needed law a reality. Regardless of whether or not Kari’s killer thinks this law would have mattered, his horrific, murderous actions took long enough that we believe Marshall Police would have been there in time.”  

Introduced first in 2015, Kari’s Law of 2017 will ensure that anyone who dials 9-1-1 can reach emergency personnel even if the phone typically requires that user to dial a prefix such as “9” or “7” to get an outside line. 

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 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 on House Resolution 11 and Introduction of Bill to Defund United Nations

2017/01/05

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding  his vote against U.S. House Resolution 11 and the bill he introduced today in Congress, H.R. 373, which would withhold any and all funds from the United Nations until United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, regarding Israel’s Settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, is repealed in its entirety:

“Today we voted on U.S. House Resolution 11 that directly undermines Israel’s right to self-defense and supports Israel giving up land under circumstances that are not applied to other nations in the U.N. We should have simply condemned the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in our resolution, but instead our bill included language the U.S. should not support.”

 “In four places the resolution demanded a ‘two-state solution’ which would require the dividing of Israel. Even beyond the governmental and foreign policy concerns, the vote has eternal consequences for anyone who believes in the Bible. Since I have taken an oath to defend and protect the United States, I cannot support my nation’s demanding Israel give up land that was promised to and occupied by the children of Israel thousands of years ago.”

“Additionally, before I voted on U.S. House Resolution 11 today, I have filed today a bill, H.R. 373, that would force the suspension of any payments whatsoever by the United States to the United Nations or any of its associated agencies or entities, until U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 is rescinded or withdrawn by the U.N. Security Council. Unlike the resolution we voted on today, H.R. 373 has teeth and shows actual support for Israel.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 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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Rep. Louie Gohmert: After Years of Inaction Under Boehner, Congress Now Keeping Obamacare Repeal Promise Under Trump

2017/01/05

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Breitbart News Daily Thursday that there was “a lot of excitement” in the new 115th Congress.

“I haven’t seen or felt this kind of excitement since my first term in 2005, when we had the presidency as Republicans did – the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate,” he told SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam. “There was so much optimism, and we were so excited. We were going to totally reform Social Security so it would be there for generations to come. No one would have to worry about it again. Bush was pushing, and we were totally going to revamp the tax code. We were going to make all these great changes. The Speaker was Hastert, the Majority Leader in the Senate was Bill Frist – heck of a nice guy.”

Despite Gohmert’s cheery tone, it quickly became clear he was telling a cautionary tale of political tragedy.

“After a year, nothing had been done, and it was, ‘You know what? It’s too big of a push. We’re not going to get any of that done,” he continued. “In January of ’06, our beginning planning retreat, it turned into a real retreat. We were told, look, there’s a chance we might lose the majority next November, so we’ve decided we’re not going to really do anything big this year because we don’t want to ruffle any feathers. We’re just going to try to get through the year, and then we’ll come back in January of ’07 and do all the big stuff.”

“That’s the first time I got up and really made myself known, and I said this was ridiculous. If you think there’s any chance of losing the majority, this has to be the year we try to do the big stuff,” he recalled. “That was not the opinion of our leadership, and it was a disaster. We lost the majority. And so some of us – there are two of us left – we’re trying to make sure people know we have got to keep our promises.”

“Just hearing you talk about some of the revamp Trump’s going to do – heck, he’s going to try to revamp the intelligence agencies,” Gohmert said.

He recounted a conversation with Trump that he said he has not previously discussed in interviews, in which he found the then-candidate for president receptive to the lessons of the 2006 Republican debacle: “Well, you know what? I haven’t really talked about this, but back in September, I wanted one more private conversation with Donald Trump. I’d been defending him from unfair attacks, but I hadn’t formally endorsed him. And I said, I gotta know, having been here in ’05, I wasn’t here in 2001, but President Bush, despite what people say, he was an incredibly nice guy. He came in and said, ‘You know what? Everything that’s gone on in the past, bygones. We’re starting fresh. It’s a new day. Everybody’s starting fresh now.’”

“There had been crimes being committed in the Clinton years that no one was held accountable for,” Gohmert pointed out. “There were nearly a thousand FBI files in the White House. There was stuff leaked right and left that was clearly illegal leaking, and nobody accountable during the Bush years, and he didn’t do anything about it – and during the Clinton years.”

“So I said, you gotta tell me that you are not going to just say ‘bygones’ and let everything go. We have got to clean house. There are problems in the intelligence agencies, State Department. And he said, ‘Well, don’t forget Justice,’ and I said, ‘Thank you. I’m glad you remembered; don’t forget Justice.’ It’s normally at the top of my list. I’m telling you, Raheem, already he’s just living up to his promises,” he said of his discussion with Trump.

Gohmert laughed at Kassam’s playful suggestion that he might have been the true author of Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” campaign slogan, but added, “As soon as he was saying ‘drain the swamp,’ I was warning, ‘Look, we’re Washington, D.C. You try to drain this swamp, all the lefties will be out saying you’re making endangered species of all the fat cats in Washington. You can’t do that. There’s snakes and fat cats up here that will be endangered. You can’t do that.’”

“I guarantee you, there will be plenty of pushback here in Washington when he tries to do that,” Gohmert warned.

He said he was “encouraged” by the congressional energy behind Obamacare repeal.

“I’m telling you, I’ve been so despondent for years now because our leadership, under John Boehner, just did not seem – we promised all kinds of good things people wanted to hear, but we didn’t follow up and do them,” Gohmert complained.

“My golly – in my private meetings, we’ve had a number of them already this week, working on the issue of repealing Obamacare. I’m going, ‘Wow, this is actually what we promised. This is incredible,’” he said, adding that he was “a little concerned” the Senate was going to “go first on the budget part of reconciliation.”

“That always concerns me because since I’ve been here, we were told repeatedly by Hastert, and then by John Boehner, it’s best to let the Senate go first. And then what he would say is, so that we can force this thing through. What that meant was ‘moderates’ and liberals in the Senate are going to get all their pork in there, and then it’s easier to force it down the throats of conservatives in the House than it is to force it down the throats of moderates and liberals in the Senate,” he recalled.

“That never worked out very well. It’s time that we started forcing things through the Senate,” Gohmert declared.

Asked if he had any parting advice for the departing President Obama, Gohmert said he would prefer to conduct himself as a proper Southern gentleman and offer to help the Obamas move.

“Can I give you one warning, though? I did hear something that concerned me,” he added. “We were going to repeal Obamacare. There was a massive amount of money raised, and the Supreme Court called it a tax. Well, there is resistance in the Senate to getting rid of all those taxes – because, gosh, that’s immediately like $500 billion that we could spend on all kinds of stuff, if we get rid of Obamacare but keep all that extra money. I’m a little concerned about that, so keep your eye on that issue.”

 

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Gohmert: Schumer hoping New York Times can drown out Trump's tweets

2017/01/04

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Wednesday morning that Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer oppose President-elect Trump's endless tweeting because they'd rather have people read the left-leaning press.

Schumer used his opening-day speech in the Senate Tuesday to say a "Twitter presidency" is a bad idea.

"Making America great again requires more than 140 characters per issue," Schumer said. "With all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency."

"Of course he wants Trump to get off Twitter, because he wants the public to hear nothing but the New York Times," Gohmert shot back Wednesday on Fox News.

The exchange is one that's likely to repeat itself over and over again. Trump's camp has promised that Trump would continue to tweet even after he takes office on Jan. 20.

Schumer argued Tuesday that the issues facing the nation require a more careful, nuanced discussion than the kind of exchange that's possible on Twitter.

"We have real challenges and real needs … these are complex and serve careful consideration and action. We cannot just tweet them away," he said.

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Gohmert: Schumer Wants Trump Off Twitter so NY Times Can Be News Source

2017/01/04

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants President-elect Donald Trump to quit using Twitter because he wants the public to "hear nothing but The New York Times," Rep. Louie Gohmert said Wednesday morning.

"Trump is not going to let that happen," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "He's going to get the final word and straighten them out when they lie about it."

During his opening remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, Schumer, a New York Democrat, addressed Trump and his use of Twitter directly, telling him that "making America great again requires more than 140 characters per issue. With all due respect to you, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency."

Schumer is a "smart man," Gohmert said, before qualifying that statement. "We have to give him that. He is. Like a broken clock, he's right a couple of times a day, but look at the other things he's been saying."

However, Gohmert pointed out that Schumer has also told Republicans that if they "didn't get on board with Obamacare, our party would be gone, because it was to be so great. [He was] wrong on that."

Schumer had also said Republicans "needed to get on board with cap and trade because the country was going to be behind it, and that was not only a tax, [it was a] big tax that hurt poor people in America," said Gohmert. "[He said] we need to get behind President [Barack] Obama...he said we needed embrace amnesty or our party was over. I'm grateful for his great help."

The New York Senator "represents the fringe party," Gohmert continued.

But Gohmert said he is optimistic because "Trump is not going to let "The New York Times" have the last word and not going to let Chuck Schumer have the last word. We will be competitive in trying to fix what's wrong with America."

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Gohmert on Vote for House Speaker Paul Ryan

2017/01/03

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today on his vote for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan:

“House Speaker Paul Ryan and I had two substantive private discussions on the legislative agenda for the 115th Congress and came to an understanding on three specific issues.”

“The Speaker agreed leadership would bring no bills to the House floor without the support of a majority of the Republican conference; that no bills would be brought forth in an attempt to legalize anyone in this country who is here illegally unless and until we achieve complete border security with a wall built to President Trump’s liking; we will only bring up a trade bill that ensures fairness to Great Britain in the wake of the successful Brexit vote to end Britain’s participation in the European Union. This House will not resurrect the Trans-Pacific Partnership disaster.”

“It is my sincerest desire to try to work with leadership to ensure this Congress pursues the agenda we promised to voters, and in the spirit of that cooperation in this new 115th Congress, I cast my vote for Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House today. Everyone here in Congress knows I have no problem standing up to Republicans, no matter what their position, if they are breaking our promises to our constituents and to America.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 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. He knows well the capabilities of the government.

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Rep. Gohmert: Speaker Ryan Promised Hastert Rule, No Amnesty, No Trade Deals

2017/01/03

House Speaker Paul Ryan will freeze amnesty bills, sideline open-border trade deals and revive the Hastert Rule, said Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who supported the Jan. 3 reelection of Ryan to the Speaker’s chair.

“House Speaker Paul Ryan and I had two substantive private discussions on the legislative agenda for the 115th Congress and came to an understanding,” Gohmert told Breitbart News.

One Ryan promise that won his vote, said Gohmert, was Ryan’s support for the Hastert Rule, which forbids the House Republican leadership from holding votes on bills that are not supported by the majority of the House Republican Conference. That rules prevents the GOP leadership from quietly working with Democratic leaders to bypass conservatives in the GOP caucus.

Since 2012, House Republican leaders have sometimes cut deals with President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders instead of passing bills favored by House conservatives. The backroom deals mean that Democrats get a closed-door veto over conservative priorities, such as defunding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, while priorities favored by Democrats of business-linked GOP legislators get included in must-pass bills. Those deals helped revive the business-backed Export-Import Bank, for example.

Ryan also agreed that no bills would be rolled out to legalize anyone in this country who is here illegally, “unless and until we achieve complete border security with a wall built to President Trump’s liking,” Gohmert said.

Ryan’s third promise puts an end to the president’s open-border trade policies and the president’s threats to punish the United Kingdom if it leaves the European Union. “This House will not resurrect the Trans-Pacific Partnership disaster,” Gohmert said.

“We will only bring up a trade bill that ensures fairness to Great Britain in the wake of the successful Brexit vote to end Britain’s participation in the European Union,” he added.

“It is my sincerest desire to try to work with leadership to ensure this Congress pursues the agenda we promised to voters, and in the spirit of that cooperation in this new 115th Congress, I cast my vote for Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House today,” he said.

“Everyone here in Congress knows I have no problem standing up to Republicans, no matter what their position, if they are breaking our promises to our constituents and to America,” he said.

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Gohmert on House Passage of Bill to Track Those with Disabilities

2016/12/08

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his decision to vote against H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte's Law, which establishes a federal program to chip individuals with autism and developmental disabilities:

“While this initiative may have noble intentions, ‘small and temporary’ programs in the name of safety and security often evolve into permanent and enlarged bureaucracies that infringe on the American people’s freedoms. That is exactly what we have here. A safety problem exists for people with Alzheimer’s, autism and other mental health issues, so the fix, we are told, is to have the Department of JUSTICE, start a tracking program so we can use some device or method to track these individuals 24/7.”

“I know the feeling of having someone I love dearly having degenerative mental abilities that create concerns for her getting lost. It is immensely heart-breaking. But, the answer is not more federal money and a federal system in place for monitoring people’s location all day every day. It is yet another well-intentioned program that catapults America down the road toward a Big Brother –more invasive than Orwell could have imagined.”

“Sponsors of the bill tell us not to worry, because they got language in there that says the tracking device cannot be invasive, it is totally voluntary AND it is only a couple of million dollars to get it started –so it is not all that much money. That is exactly how the most insidious, invasive, overreaching, governmental control bills start.  I just would never have dreamed that my own party would lead the way in rushing a bill to the floor that was not brought up in a subcommittee nor committee hearing with witnesses and experts including Constitutional experts to debate this, nor did we have a subcommittee or committee vote on this bill, nor did we have any chance to amend it.”

“It is absolutely staggering that the Republican majorities in the House and Senate could be so blind to government overreach that they would allow a federal tracking program, not for criminals in the U.S., not for terrorists, not for illegal immigrants or even immigrants who commit crimes, but for people with ‘developmental disabilities’ a term that is subject to wide misinterpretation. The Senate Republican leaders even brought it to the floor with almost no one there and asked that the new Big Brother program be passed without even having a vote at all - someone just asks for ‘unanimous consent.’ Since no one is advised about the bill being brought up, no one who would object knows to be there, so it passes without anyone ever actually voting for it.”

“It is not unreasonable for a doctor or prosecutor to suggest that a chip just under the skin is non-invasive, because there is no entrance into the brain or body cavity. Japan is just a hair ahead of us, but they have found that putting a barcode on a person’s fingerprint is certainly non-invasive. As for voluntary, a parent or guardian is SUPPOSED to consent, but once the program is in place, it is also reasonable to anticipate prosecutors demanding it for someone they have a ‘reasonable belief’ or ‘probable cause’ to believe might be a problem and that a judge should order someone involuntarily into the program, though they would not get the federal funding in this specific bill.”

“Benjamin Franklin’s attributed quote is, ‘Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither.’ The government is not supposed to be our ‘big brother.’ We must examine other ways to help those who cannot help themselves. There is nothing in the law anywhere that I am aware of that would prevent a parent or guardian from having some reasonable tracking measure right now before this new law is even signed.”

“Once again, Republicans can feel good that 167 Republicans out of 246 in the House joined with the Democrats to create a way for the Attorney General of the United States to track their children when the government gets ready to include them in the program.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 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. He knows well the capabilities of the government. 

 

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Gohmert on House’s Failure to Impeach the IRS Commissioner

2016/12/06

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a floor vote on the impeachment of IRS Commissioner Koskinen and refer it, once again, to the House Judiciary Committee: 

“The evidence appears quite clear that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was not honest in his testimony to Congress, failed to keep promises he made to us, refused to properly look for the subpoenaed evidence in any productive way, all while being totally unrepentant.  Now, after the American voters made clear they wanted the swamp drained and cleaned out, too many of the Republican majority sent a message that we may continue business as usual.  Today was not necessarily a proud day for truth, justice, and what used to be the American way.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 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’s Statement on 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34)

2016/11/30

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his decision to vote against the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) today:

“While I voted in favor of the original House version of H.R. 6 (the “21st Century Cures Act”), as well as voting for the original House version of the mental health reform bill, H.R. 2646, (the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016”), I could not vote for the recently introduced House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 34 - 21st Century Cures Act since we were not allowed adequate time to read the brand new bill to find all of the changes. 

The 21st Century Cures Act morphed from an original 300 pages to nearly 1000 pages and is now loaded with so many new provisions, I would have to wait until after it passed, to find out what was in it.  I had hoped we had learned our lesson against using this foolish manner of passing long bills, with sweeping changes to our very personal lives.  The only explanation for such a fast, last minute “shove through” of a massive, combination of bills into one, is that someone thinks that President Obama and those voted out of office will create a much better law than the new President and newly elected Congress would. Those who demand that we should have passed this law that allows involuntary mental health treatment with new, much broader language, without having time to read it, are apparently not as concerned with the power to involuntarily force shock or other treatments on others as I am.”

“The original bill had language that was much too broad in allowing force-able treatment on those who did not want it. Before we originally passed that bill in the House, that language was tightened. Now it has been loosened back, and I am extremely concerned that there are many other provisions that were added or changed to the American public’s detriment without our knowledge or time to read the new super-sized bill. I noticed that one of the provisions in the new bill was that Americans could be forced into mental treatment for such reasons as not wearing or providing oneself appropriate clothing. Immediately I thought of the time my kids were embarrassed because I had used duct tape to hold my tennis shoes together that I mainly used in the backyard working. Another reason that would allow shock therapy or other involuntary therapy is if someone is not eating proper foods. So under the newly passed law, if your adult kids do not think you are eating healthy, you may want to surround yourself with new people who do not fault you for how you eat. You may need their testimony in court. As a former judge and chief justice, I know better than most here in Congress that words have meaning and that small word changes can profoundly change liberty or destroy lives.”

“In addition to this, the bill authorizes the creation of federal drug and mental health courts, which, by their nature, would operate as pre-trial and incarceration diversion programs. Given the data we have on FEDERAL drug offenders (e.g., that they are dangerous narco-terrorists and not simple possession offenders as are often found in state courts), the creation of federal drug/mental health courts not only perpetuates the false narrative that simple possession defendants are incarcerated at the federal level, but also runs the risk that dangerous drug traffickers could be re-routed from federal prison to treatment alternatives. With crime rising and drug addiction at an all-time high, this seems like a truly misguided approach for the U.S. Congress, although states and local situations may find it quite appropriate.”

“Ramming this bill through Congress while it is chock full of White House top priorities that the President has said he wants for part of his legacy should have more scrutiny than this. Those who wanted to rush it through apparently believe that Representatives and Senators who voters have declared they no longer want with the power to pass laws should be the ones to make this the new law of the land. Over 90% of geographical America said they do not want the policies and agenda of the current administration to continue. What are American voters left to think but that the Republican majorities in the House and Senate apparently disagree with their opinions that gave them renewed majorities.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 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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