Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Williams: President Trump’s Second State of the Union Address

2019/02/05

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Tuesday night following President Trump’s State of the Union Address to the nation:

“Tonight, President Trump delivered a strong message that reminded us of how far this nation has come under his administration. We’ve passed historical, pro-growth policies that have resulted in a thriving economy that is benefiting all Americans. Just recently, the January Jobs Report revealed that the economy added 304,000 jobs last month, for a total of over 4 million employment opportunities created under the President’s leadership. Unemployment levels are also at a historic low. Together, our pro-American agenda is making a difference in everyday-people’s lives.

“While our economy continues to boom, the President also acknowledged the critical need to address the security of our nation’s southern border. He made it clear that Congress must work as one to stop illegal immigration, human trafficking, and the flow of drugs and crime. This President has provided a vision and offered clear bipartisan solutions that both parties can rally behind. I look forward to working this next year, and this Congress, to achieve our shared goal of a safer, more prosperous America for every American.”

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Rep. Williams Appointed to Financial Services Committee; Third Term

2019/01/29

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) released the following statement upon being appointed to the Financial Service Committee for a third term by Republican Ranking Member Patrick McHenry:

“I am honored to have been selected by Republican Leadership and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry to serve on the House Financial Services Committee for a third term. Having been a small business owner for 40 years and serving on this committee for four years, I know how vital the role is that we play to protect hardworking Americans and Main Street.

“I have worked hard to cut through the red tape in order to promote free enterprise, protect capitalism and advance entrepreneurship. I’m committed to opposing the liberal agenda of our Democratic majority, and I look forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congressman McHenry to protect American consumers and allow Main Street to flourish.”

House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (NC-10) made the following comments:

“Congressman Williams has provided valuable expertise and leadership to the Financial Services Committee for many years and I know he will continue to do so in the 116th Congress,” said Ranking Member McHenry. “I look forward to working alongside him, and all of our Republican colleagues, to build on the gains we’ve already achieved for hardworking taxpayers.”

Rep. Williams was appointed to the following subcommittees of the House Committee on Financial Services:

Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions

Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy

 

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Williams Introduces Resolution Honoring Texas-25’s World War II Veteran Richard Overton

2019/01/11

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) today introduced a House resolution honoring the life and legacy of Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II Veteran and Austin-resident, who passed away at the age of 112 on December 27, 2018.

“Richard Overton embodied everything that is wonderful about America; integrity, courage and hard work. He was a dear friend who I had the privilege of knowing for the past six years and I miss him dearly. From his time serving in World War II, to serving his local community in Texas’ 25th District, he was a true patriot through and through. I am humbled to introduce the House resolution that will honor the incredible life of Richard Overton and his service to the United States.”

Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn introduced the Senate companion resolution on January 9. You can read more about it here.

 

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Rep. Roger Williams Sworn in to the 116th Congress

2019/01/03

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) released the following statement after being sworn in to the 116th United States Congress:

“As we begin the 116th Congress, I am honored again to represent the people of Texas’ 25th District. With all the changes going on in Washington, the one thing Texans can count on is my unwavering dedication to liberty, prosperity and a secure America. I am proud of what we have accomplished so far, and I look forward to continuing to work on issues that matter to you.”

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Reactions to the passing of Richard Overton recall a 'Texas legend'

2018/12/27

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Shortly after the news of World War II veteran Richard Overton's death, condolences and memories came pouring in from around Texas and the nation.

Overton's cousin, Volma Overton Jr., said the family will miss the funny 112-year-old and that his memory will keep them going.

"We are truly blessed for everyone who has shown support and prayers, everyone who was encouraging to him and our family," Volma Overton Jr. said. "We are so thankful."

People gathered at a mural on 12th and Chicon Streets that depicts Overton. They sang songs in his honor and did two his favorite things: drank whiskey and smoked cigars.

Gov. Greg Abbott called Richard Overton an "American icon and a Texas legend," in a statement.

"With his quick wit and kind spirit he touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have known him," Abbott wrote. "Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans. We can never repay Richard Overton for his service to our nation and for his lasting impact on the Lone Star State."

People, including Rep. Lloyd Doggett, shared photos of the veteran and remembered his "service, spirit and longevity."

Rep. Roger Williams said he had the honor of knowing Overton well and will miss him dearly.

"Sitting on his porch and listening to him tell stories are memories I will never forget," Williams wrote. "I am thankful for his service to our country, and I am eternally grateful to have had him in my life as a friend and role model."

Rep. Will Hurd shared a quote of Overton's that said "You don’t know when you get here. You don’t know when you go. It’s in God’s hands.” Hurd added that "Our words will never be enough to fully show our gratitude for your selfless service. Fair winds and following seas, my friend."

A Twitter account called EverythingTX shared a picture of the born-and-raised Texan smoking his signature cigar that he claimed helped him live a long life.

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Nation's Oldest WWII Veteran Dies In Austin At 112

2018/12/27

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Richard Arvin Overton, the nation's oldest living war veteran — and the oldest man in the U.S. — died Thursday in Austin at the age of 112 after a bout with pneumonia.

Born near Bastrop, Texas, on May 11, 1906, Overton served a three-year stint in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion during WWII, serving as a corporal in the South Pacific. Overton joined his all-black military unit in 1942, and became a skilled sharpshooter.

After the war, Overton built a home in East Austin where he a neighborhood fixture usually out on his front porch puffing on a cigar while holding court as admirers spontaneously dropped by to meet him. "His front porch is his everything," Volma Overton, his septuagenarian cousin who helped care for him, once told the Washington Post. "It's his throne.

In interviews with myriad media outlets, Overton spoke of his fondness for cigars in which he indulged daily — sometimes up to 12 smokes a day, he would note unabashedly. In interviews, he often credited his love of stogies, along with a splash of whiskey in his morning coffee and a steady diet of fried catfish and ice cream as secrets to his longevity. He also expressed a fondness for Dr. Pepper.

He outlived two wives and close family members, and received countless honors and accolades along the way — including a 2013 visit to the White House where he met President Barack Obama as a relative youngster of 107. He met Obama at the White House for breakfast ahead of a Veterans Day ceremony at the National Cemetery where he was honored.

"His service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home," Obama said at the time. "But this veteran held his head high." 

Overton earlier this year came close to losing his home in East Austin — once an enclave largely inhabited by a black and Latino working class that's been swept over by gentrification for the better part of a decade or so as an influx of younger residents are lured to trendy restaurants and bars and plentiful luxury apartments where single-family homes once stood. Gentrification-fueled spikes in property taxes threatened to render Overton unable to afford staying in his home, and he faced the likelihood of spending his final years in a nursing home. 

But in a sign of the depth of affection residents of Austin — and admirers far beyond the city limits — had for Overton, a GoFundMe campaign designed to keep him at his home ultimately would raise more than $450,000 for 24-hour-a-day home care.

From near and far, people expressed their condolences late Thursday as news of Overton's death spread. Gov. Greg Abbott called the late veteran "...an American icon and a Texas legend" in a prepared statement, adding his and his wife's voice in expressing sympathies.

"With his quick wit and kind spirit, he touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have known him. Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans. We can never repay Richard Overton for his service to our nation and for his lasting impact on the Lone Star State. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends."

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, representative for Texas's 25th congressional district, also issued a statement in reaction to Overton's passing: "I join the Austin community and the entire country in mourning the loss of a great man, and our nation's oldest veteran, Mr. Richard Overton. Throughout my time in Congress, I have had the honor of getting to know Mr. Overton very well — sitting on his porch and listening to him tell stories are memories I will never forget. I am thankful for his service to our country, and I am eternally grateful to have had him in my life as a friend and role model. I will miss him dearly and will continue to pray for his family during this difficult time."

State Rep. Lloyd Doggett of the 35 District of Texas, added his voice via Twitter: "Saluting Richard Overton for his service, spirit, and longevity. One of the last of our World War II vets has passed away at age 112. Pleased that he could share so many honors late in life, including, here, my getting the healing garden at our veterans clinic named in his honor."

The U.S. Army paid tribute via social media as well: "Today we mourn not just a hero, but a legend. The oldest American #WWII Veteran, Richard Overton, died at the age of 112. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Overton family. He was a hero to us all. May you rest in peace Sir."

In its own dispatch announcing the death, the venerable Stars and Stripes newspaper put Overton's long life in historical perspective: "Richard Overton, the oldest-living veteran, was born on May 11, 1906, the same year as the first wireless radio broadcast, and a year before Oklahoma became a state. He died Thursday at the age of 112."

In 2015, Austin filmakers Rocky Conly and Matt Cooper made a short film about Overton. In the opening moments of the film, the then-109-year-old Overton noted with palpable drive he had just had his driver's license renewed. 

"I still walk, I still talk and I still drive," he said. "Yeah, I've had a lot of people say God kept you here to help others. But I don't know why he kept me here. I can't tell you."

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Oldest living WWII veteran dies in Texas

2018/12/27

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A family member says the nation's oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be oldest living man in the U.S. has died in Texas.

Shirley Overton, whose husband was Richard's cousin, says the Army veteran died Thursday evening at a rehab facility in Austin.

Overton had been recently hospitalized with pneumonia.

Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack in 1941.

He once said that one secret to his long life was smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, which he often was found doing on the porch of his Austin home.

In 2013, he was honored by former President Barack Obama at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, issued a statement expressing sympathy to Overton's family.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have had the honor of getting to know Mr. Overton very well - sitting on his porch and listening to him tell stories are memories I will never forget. I am thankful for his service to our country, and I am eternally grateful to have had him in my life as a friend and role model. I will miss him dearly and will continue to pray for his family during this difficult time.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Overton "an American icon and a Texas legend."

"With his quick wit and kind spirit he touched the lives of so many, and I am deeply honored to have known him. Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans. We can never repay Richard Overton for his service to our nation and for his lasting impact on the Lone Star State," he said.

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Rep. Williams Statement on the Passing of Richard Overton

2018/12/27

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) released the following statement on the passing of the nation’s oldest World War II veteran and Austin-resident, Richard Overton:

“I join the Austin community and the entire country in mourning the loss of a great man, and our nation’s oldest veteran, Mr. Richard Overton,” said Rep. Williams. “Throughout my time in Congress, I have had the honor of getting to know Mr. Overton very well - sitting on his porch and listening to him tell stories are memories I will never forget. I am thankful for his service to our country, and I am eternally grateful to have had him in my life as a friend and role model. I will miss him dearly and will continue to pray for his family during this difficult time.”

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Come and Read It Report

2018/12/24

Dear Texans,

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours! With all the hustle and bustle during this time of year, it is often easy to forget what tomorrow is really all about - the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. I hope this serves as a reminder to be kind to one another during the Christmas season and remember that there are many people who are unable to spend this time with loved ones. I encourage you take a moment and think about the brave men and women in uniform, and our first responders, who cannot be with their families. They are spending today and tomorrow protecting this great nation so that all of you can enjoy time at home. Please join me in thanking them for their service, and praying for their safety, wherever they may be around the globe.

Securing our Borders

Last week, the Democrats once again chose to put open borders and illegal immigrants over the safety of American citizens. I joined many of my conservative colleagues in the House and proudly voted in favor of $5.7 billion in additional funding to defend and secure our southern border. I encourage our Senate counterparts to follow our lead and do the same. We must do everything in our power to protect this nation, and we should not rest until it is properly done. I will continue to support President Trump and I will oppose any funding bill that does not fully fund his border request.  

High School Football State Champions

Congratulations to the Grandview High School Zebras, who took home the Class 3A Division I State Championship last week! They defeated the Malakoff Tigers 35-21 and all of us in Texas-25 couldn't be more proud. Great job boys!

I have included some articles and releases you may find interesting located on the right side of this newsletter. 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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Come and Read It Report

2018/12/18

Dear Texans,  

It's one of our favorite times of the year - high school football playoffs! In Texas, we know that means early morning practices, decking out in school colors, and braving the cold to watch our players leave it all out on the field for a shot at the state title.   

Last weekend, our very own Grandview High School Zebras defeated the Yoakum Bulldogs, 28-14, and are now headed to the State Championship! The game will take place this Thursday, December 20, at 7pm CT at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. While I cannot be there due to votes taking place in Washington, I will be cheering for the Zebras that day!  

Photo credit: TexasHSFootball.com

Legislative Update

Last week: we voted on 10 pieces of legislation, including the Farm Bill, which will provide economic stability to farmers and ranchers in our district, and around the country.  

I had the opportunity to preside over the House floor of the US Capitol one final time during the 115th Congress. It has been a true honor serving with these men and women the past two years on behalf of Texas' 25th District, and I look forward to two more! 

I have included some articles and releases you may find interesting located on the right side of this newsletter. 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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Rep. Williams Honors Mayor Frank Seffrood

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2019-02-14 17:40:08


Rep. Williams Joins FBN Varney & Co to Discuss Border Wall Funding

2019-02-13 15:41:26


Rep. Williams: President Trump’s Second State of the Union Address

2019-02-06 03:01:24


Rep. Roger Williams Talks Border Security and the Upcoming SOTU with FBN's Mornings with Maria

2019-02-01 16:58:25


Congressman Williams Recognizes and Shows Appreciation for Chief of Staff Colby Hale

2019-01-29 22:34:01


Rep. Williams Joins FBN's Varney & Co. to Discuss the Government Shutdown and Border Security

2019-01-24 20:32:22


Rep. Williams Delivers a One Minute Speech on the House Floor Regarding the Border Security

2019-01-16 20:03:11


Rep. Williams Joins FBN Mornings with Maria to discuss the crisis at the southern border

2019-01-16 15:48:06


Rep. Williams Joins FBN Trish Regan Primetime to Discuss the Crisis at the Border

2019-01-11 17:18:07


Rep. Williams and TX Delegation Honor George H.W. Bush on House Floor

2018-12-13 15:39:57


Rep. Williams Joins FBN's Morning with Maria to Discuss Border Security, and the Economy

2018-11-16 17:52:02


Congressman Williams Recognizes Hays County Honor Flight Veterans

2018-09-27 19:56:01


Rep. Williams Congratulates the Tarleton State Rodeo Team on House Floor

2018-09-13 17:17:28


Rep. Williams Recognizes Lake Travis FD and Bee Cave PD

2018-09-12 21:20:28


Rep. Williams Recognizes National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

2018-09-06 16:22:53


Rep. Williams Joins KVUE Part 2

2018-09-04 21:31:08


Rep. Williams Joins KVUE Part 1

2018-09-04 21:30:21


Rep. Williams Joins FBN's Mornings with Maria to discuss NAFTA and to Remember John McCain

2018-08-28 14:51:08


Rep. Williams Joins Good Day Austin to Discuss What Congress is Working on in Washington

2018-08-13 15:10:33


Contact Information

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

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Roger Williams represents the 25th District of Texas in the United States Congress, a district that stretches from Tarrant County in the North to Hays County in the South and includes much of Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

Prior to his election in November 2012, Congressman Williams served his country in a number of ways and brings a unique background to Congress. He was raised in the Fort Worth area where he graduated from high school and later played baseball at Texas Christian University.

After graduating from college, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves where he played in their farm system before an injury ended his sports career and forced him to begin his business career. He began working in the family car business and has owned and operated the business for 40 years.

Along the way, he also became involved civically and politically. He served as Regional Finance Chairman for Governor Bush in 1994 and 1998 before he went on to later serve as the North Texas Chairman for the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign. Additionally, as well as the North Texas Finance Chairman and National Grassroots Fundraising Chairman for Bush/Cheney ’04, Inc. Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 as the Chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee’s Eagles Program. He has also served as State Finance Chair for John Cornyn for U.S. Senate, Inc., in 2002 and as the National Director of the “Patriots” program for Senator Cornyn.

In 2005, Governor Rick Perry appointed Congressman Williams to serve as Texas Secretary of State. As Chief Election Officer for Texas, he worked to ensure the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout the state. The Congressman worked tirelessly to promote economic development, investment and job creation in Texas. He also served as the state’s Chief Liaison for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs as well as Chair of the state’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Response Strike Force.

Congressman Williams was elected to his first term in Congress on November 6th, 2012 and was selected to serve on the House Committee on the Budget, along with the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.


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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Dan Crenshaw

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Lance Gooden

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Ron Wright

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Chip Roy

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Michael Cloud

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Brian Babin

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