Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Come and Read It Report

2017/11/20

Dear Friends,

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, it is a time to reflect on, and be thankful for everything in our lives. This last year has shown me how precious life can be, and I owe that to Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey. I am thankful to serve as the representative for the greatest district, in the greatest state, in the greatest nation in the world. It is an honor serving the people of the Texas-25th, and I am looking forward to continuing to fight for issues that are important to all of you. 

Tax Reform

On Thursday, we took advantage of an opportunity to pass a tax plan that is pro-family and pro-growth for all Americans. This historic overhaul will benefit taxpayers for generations to come by allowing them to put more of their hard earned money back into their pockets. America needs a 21st century tax code for the 21st century family, and now is the time to deliver what we promised: a fairer and simpler tax code that will jumpstart this economy. I urge the Senate to vote on tax reform immediately so we can get this to the President’s desk before the end of the year. America need tax cuts, and we must not let them down. Click here  for my full statement.

Flood Insurance

Almost three months after the most catastrophic flood hit our home state of Texas, I am proud to have passed a reform and reauthorization for the NFIP. This reform package includes seven bills the Financial Services Committee passed in June that will increase private market competition and provide affordable coverage for policyholders. For far too long, hard-working American taxpayers have been trapped in a never-ending bailout-cycle for the NFIP, and $30 billion later, they are finally getting the relief they deserve. You can read my full statement here.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018

Last year, we made a promise to keep Americans safe by equipping our military with the tools they need to be the most powerful fighting force the world has ever seen. I am proud to have served on the NDAA Conference Committee to create a package that will authorize funding to do just that. This NDAA will directly impact the armed forces in Central Texas, and around the nation, by giving them a much-deserved pay increase, and strengthening the homeland by ensuring military readiness. This legislation provides the necessary funding and resources that our men and women in uniform need, and I look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law as quickly as possible. Click here for my full statement.

Legislative Update

Last week: In addition to voting on 14 legislative items, I also co-sponsored H.R. 4247, the HERO Act.

The Financial Services Committee held a two-day markup where we voted on and passed 22 bills that will now head to the House floor. Included in those 22 bills was a bill I introduced, H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act. National security is of the utmost importance and I was proud to sponsor a bill to increase congressional oversight on aircraft sales authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department to Iran. You can read my full statement here.

It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District and as always, please reach out to me with any issues and concerns that are important to you.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress

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Congressman Williams Statement Richard Cordray’s Resignation

2017/11/17

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as a vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, released the following statement after Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced his resignation:

“For five years, CFPB Director Cordray continually took advantage of his unilateral authority at the Bureau, all the while furthering his own political agenda. The Bureau has exercised overregulation for years under Director Cordray’s supervision. I hope the new chairman will recognize and begin to rein in this harmful job-killing Washington bureaucratic overreach. While I prefer a complete overhaul, the CFPB is long overdue for new leadership.“


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Veterans Memorial Park Dedicated

2017/11/16

An estimated 400 to 500 people were on hand for the dedication of the Whitney Veterans Memorial Park, located at 217 South Colorado Street, Saturday, November 11.

Keynote speaker Congressman Roger Williams delivered remarks, saying that he was honored to be present for the Veterans Day event. 

"When Americans see this park, they will see strength, they will see honor and they will see bravery," Williams said. 

"When they see this park, they will feel the courage that each and every veteran displayed during their time of service. It is my hope that our veterans will feel the love and the gratitude that we feel for them every single day every time we wake up in the land of the free and the land of the brave," he added.

The memorial is an effort of Operation Greater Love, a faith-based group of volunteers from the Lake Whitney area with the goal to give back to veterans. Over 300 engraved pavers have already been placed in the park.

In 2016, the group began its efforts by building a new home for U.S. Air Force veteran Christopher Wolff, along with his wife, Kellie, and the couple's two young daughters.

Wolff was also on hand for the dedication and commended Operation Greater Love for its work. 

"I'm glad that we have a place now that we can call our own, not somewhere we have to drive, but somewhere when we're feeling like we want to pay respect that we can come to," Wolff said.

After completing the Wolff home, Operation Greater Love began working on the memorial park, which contains the pavers honoring veterans. The City of Whitney donated the land for the project.

Whitney Mayor Kristen Miller spoke to the crowd, saying that the city is honored to be able to donate the land. "Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard on this memorial from the beginning to the end," the mayor said. "It is a beautiful and sacred place that we can all be proud of."

The mayor added, "I hope that you will use this park to teach your children and grandchildren the sacrifices that were made for our freedom."

Local officials, veterans and musicians were also on hand for the day's events.

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Congressman Williams Statement on Passage of Tax Reform

2017/11/16

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a small business owner and employer for 43 years, released the follow statement Thursday after the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“Today, we took advantage of an opportunity to implement a tax plan that is pro-family and pro-growth for all Americans. This historic overhaul will benefit taxpayers for generations to come by allowing them to put more of their hard earned money back into their pockets. America needs a 21st century tax code for the 21st century family, and now is the time to deliver what we promised: a fairer and simpler tax code that will jumpstart this economy. I urge the Senate to vote on tax reform immediately so we can get this to the President’s desk before the end of the year. America need tax cuts, and we must not let them down.”

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Congressman Williams’ Iran Bill Advances to House Floor

2017/11/15

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as the vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, on the House Committee on Financial Services, introduced H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, which passed out of the full committee on Tuesday.  

“The security of our nation is of the utmost importance, and I was proud to introduce a bill to increase congressional oversight on aircraft sales authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department to Iran. H.R. 4324 protects the interests of the United States’ financial institutions. Furthermore, it requires the Treasury Department to submit to Congress a report detailing certifications that must be made under the license agreement, and a review of Iran’s compliance under that agreement every 180 days. This is commonsense legislation that prioritizes American interests, and I urge House Leadership to consider this bill on the floor as soon as possible.” 

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Congressman Williams Votes to Reauthorize the Flood Program

2017/11/14

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as a vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, that reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years:

“Almost three months after the most catastrophic flood hit my home state of Texas, I am proud to have passed a reform and reauthorization for the NFIP. This reform package includes seven bills the Financial Services Committee passed in June that will increase private market competition and provide affordable coverage for policyholders. For far too long, hard-working American taxpayers have been trapped in a never-ending bailout-cycle for the NFIP, and $30 billion later, they are finally getting the relief they deserve.”


 
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Congressman Williams Votes to Build a Stronger America

2017/11/14

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, and served on the National Defense and Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee, voted in favor of H.R. 2810, the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2018, that passed the House today.

“Last year, we made a promise to keep Americans safe by equipping our military with the tools they need to be the most powerful fighting force the world has ever seen. I am proud to have served on the NDAA Conference Committee to create a package that will authorize funding to do just that,” said Rep. Roger Williams. “This NDAA will directly impact the armed forces in Central Texas, and around the nation, by giving them a much-deserved pay increase, and strengthening the homeland by ensuring military readiness. This legislation provides the necessary funding and resources that our men and women in uniform need, and I look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law as quickly as possible.”

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Come and Read It Report

2017/11/13

Dear Friends,

This past weekend allowed me to travel the district and spend time meeting and speaking with our veterans. These American heroes put their lives on the line for our country's freedom, and each and every one of them holds a special place in my heart. I am humbled to represent and fight for them in Congress. God bless the armed forces and God bless America!

Tax Reform

The House Committee on Ways & Means finished marking up H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last week, and we are scheduled to vote on it by the end of this week. The Senate introduced their version of tax reform legislation, and I look forward to them advancing their bill so we can reconcile the two.

Honoring TX-25 Veterans

Veterans Day was on Saturday, but I am continuing to honor our vets all month on my official website and Facebook page. If you served in the military, or know someone who has, please submit your stories and photos here or by emailing TexasCD25@mail.house.gov. You can also click here for more information.

Legislative Update

Last week: In addition to voting on 15 legislative items, I also co-sponsored H. Res. 613 and H.R. 3978, the TRID Improvement Act of 2017. I participated in three different committee hearings that you can watch here, here and here if you missed them.

This week: We're expecting to vote on the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act. After serving on the NDAA Conference Committee the past two weeks, I am extremely proud of what we accomplished. You can read my full statement on it here. We will also be voting on H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act.

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a mark-up this week to consider 23 different bills. You can watch it live and find more on the bills by clicking here. Included in the markup, will be a bill that I introduced, H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran's access to Finance Act.

It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District and as always, please reach out to me with any issues and concerns that are important to you.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress

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Veterans honored at special GRISD assembly

2017/11/13

On Friday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, Somervell County honored its military veterans at an assembly with Glen Rose ISD students and area residents — an event that featured Congressman Roger Williams overseeing the special recognition and appreciation given to local Vietnam-era veterans.


Somervell County veterans who were active during the Vietnam War Era were eligible to be honored with a certificate and a medallion marking the nation’s 50th anniversary of that war.


Don Nicholas, a representative for Williams, said that 46 pins were handed out on stage Friday at the GRISD Auditorium. The remainder of the more than 70 local veterans who made requests in advance for the commemorative certificates and pins asked to receive them by mail, Nicholas noted.


Students were bused in from all of the GRISD campuses for the ceremony, which included patriotic music and performances by Glen Rose choir students.


Retired Army Lt. Col. Hank Jones, a GRHS graduate, was also recognized with the presentation of a Congressional Veterans Commendation for his “exceptional community involvement and service.”


Robert Marquez, commander of American Legion Post 462 in Glen Rose, nominated Jones, and was also a guest speaker for the event along with Wiliams.


“It was amazing,” Marquez said Monday. “It was beyond anything I ever thought a veterans ceremony would be, especially honoring Vietnam vets.”


Williams (R-Austin), who represents the 25th congressional district of Texas, said that the ceremony served to remind everyone “how lucky we all are to be free.”


When the veterans in the crowd were asked to stand, the full-house assembly gave them a standing ovation.


Williams added that all branches of the military “have transformed our history,” and have been “a global force for good,” before capping off his speech by telling the veterans, “We love you, we thank you, we appreciate you and we are humbled by you.”


GRISD students also assisted in various ways during the ceremony, including setting up a traditional “Missing Man” or “Fallen Comrade” table honoring those lost in military service. The table includes a symbolic white table cloth, white candle, red rose and black napkin.


On Veterans Day, a ceremony was held on the courthouse square downtown to recognize the veterans in attendance, and a wreath was placed in memory of those lost in battle. Flags were then placed at the county cemeteries.


Somervell County military veterans were also welcomed with a luncheon at the Senior Center in Glen Rose Saturday.

 

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Veterans honored at special GRISD assembly

2017/11/13

On Friday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, Somervell County honored its military veterans at an assembly with Glen Rose ISD students and area residents — an event that featured Congressman Roger Williams overseeing the special recognition and appreciation given to local Vietnam-era veterans.


Somervell County veterans who were active during the Vietnam War Era were eligible to be honored with a certificate and a medallion marking the nation’s 50th anniversary of that war.
Don Nicholas, a representative for Williams, said that 46 pins were handed out on stage Friday at the GRISD Auditorium. The remainder of the more than 70 local veterans who made requests in advance for the commemorative certificates and pins asked to receive them by mail, Nicholas noted.


Students were bused in from all of the GRISD campuses for the ceremony, which included patriotic music and performances by Glen Rose choir students.


Retired Army Lt. Col. Hank Jones, a GRHS graduate, was also recognized with the presentation of a Congressional Veterans Commendation for his “exceptional community involvement and service.”


Robert Marquez, commander of American Legion Post 462 in Glen Rose, nominated Jones, and was also a guest speaker for the event along with Wiliams.


“It was amazing,” Marquez said Monday. “It was beyond anything I ever thought a veterans ceremony would be, especially honoring Vietnam vets.”


Williams (R-Austin), who represents the 25th congressional district of Texas, said that the ceremony served to remind everyone “how lucky we all are to be free.”

When the veterans in the crowd were asked to stand, the full-house assembly gave them a standing ovation.


Williams added that all branches of the military “have transformed our history,” and have been “a global force for good,” before capping off his speech by telling the veterans, “We love you, we thank you, we appreciate you and we are humbled by you.”


GRISD students also assisted in various ways during the ceremony, including setting up a traditional “Missing Man” or “Fallen Comrade” table honoring those lost in military service. The table includes a symbolic white table cloth, white candle, red rose and black napkin.


On Veterans Day, a ceremony was held on the courthouse square downtown to recognize the veterans in attendance, and a wreath was placed in memory of those lost in battle. Flags were then placed at the county cemeteries.


Somervell County military veterans were also welcomed with a luncheon at the Senior Center in Glen Rose Saturday.

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Contact Information

1122 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9896
Fax 202-225-9692
williams.house.gov

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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Ted Poe

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Sam Johnson

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John Ratcliffe

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Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

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Randy Weber

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Bill Flores

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Jodey Arrington

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Lamar Smith

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Pete Olson

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Will Hurd

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Kenny Marchant

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Michael Burgess

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