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Phone: 202-225-3035

Address: 2243 RHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (903) 561-6349

Address: 1121 East Southeast Loop 323, Tyler TX 75701-9660

Longview TX

Phone: (903) 236-8597

Fax: (903) 553-1972

Address: 101 East Methvin Street, Longview TX 75601-7200

Lufkin TX

Phone: (936) 632-3180

Address: 300 East Shepard Avenue, Lufkin TX 75901-3252

Marshall TX

Phone: (903) 938-8386

Address: 102 West Huston Street, Marshall TX 75670-4038

Nacogdoches TX

Phone: (936) 715-9514

Address: 101 West Main, Nacogdoches TX 75961-4830

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Louie Gohmert Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Texas 1
  • Born: Aug. 18, 1953, Pittsburg
  • Home: Tyler
  • Education:

    TX A&M U., B.A. 1975, Baylor U., J.D. 1977

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1982-92; Chief justice, TX 12th Ct. of Appeals, 2002-03.

  • Military Career:

    Army, 1978-82.

  • Political Career:

    Smith Cnty. Dist. Ct. judge, 1992-2002.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Kathy); 3 children

Louie Gohmert, a Republican first elected in 2004, is a devout tea-party conservative with a knack for provoking Democrats, fellow Republicans, and even the U.S. Park Police. Read More

Louie Gohmert, a Republican first elected in 2004, is a devout tea-party conservative with a knack for provoking Democrats, fellow Republicans, and even the U.S. Park Police.

Gohmert (GO-mert) grew up in Mount Pleasant and got an Army scholarship at Texas A&M University, where he was class president. He went on get a law degree from Baylor University, and then served as a captain in the Army. He practiced law in Tyler and spent a decade as a district court judge. Republican Gov. Rick Perry named him chief justice of the Texas Appellate Court in 2002. He earned a reputation as a tough law-and-order judge with a knack for attracting attention. In 1996, he ordered an HIV-positive convicted car thief, as a condition of probation, to notify future sexual partners of his HIV status and to obtain written consent from them before engaging in sexual activity.

After the 2003 redistricting in Texas, Gohmert was one of six Republicans who got into the primary to challenge four-term Democratic Rep. Max Sandlin, who had a moderate voting record but was a close ally of liberal Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Gohmert led in the primary with 42% of the vote to 30% for lawyer John Graves. In the month-long runoff campaign, few differences separated the two conservatives, and Gohmert prevailed 57%-43%. Graves carried nine of the 13 counties, but Gohmert won 77% of the vote in his home base of Smith County, where half the votes were cast. In the general election, Gohmert linked Sandlin to the national Democratic Party and their 2004 presidential nominee, John Kerry. The result wasn’t close. Gohmert beat Sandlin, 61%-38%, with 79% in Smith County.

In the House, Gohmert established a conservative voting record, with occasional dissents from the party line. When the bailout for the financial industry came to the House floor in 2008, he made a motion to adjourn the chamber “so we don’t do this terrible thing to our nation.” It was defeated 394-8. And when the House voted in 2012 to remove the archaic word “lunatic” from laws referring to the mentally ill, there was one dissenting vote— Gohmert’s. “Not only should we not eliminate the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy, we should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington,” he said.

Gohmert has little regard for President Barack Obama. In 2013, he sought to amend a bill to block Obama from using federal funds to play golf until he reinstated White House tours that had fallen victim to budget cuts. But Gohmert also has tangled with House Speaker John Boehner. In the usually pro forma election of a speaker by the majority party in control of the House, Gohmert refused to vote for Boehner in 2013 and instead voted for Allen West, a Florida Republican and fellow firebrand who had just lost his House seat.

In 2012, he drew criticism from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after Gohmert joined several Republicans in accusing a top State Department official of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He called McCain a “numbnut,” and later apologized, but, he said, only for using the word “numb.” In March 2013, Gohmert reportedly had a tense encounter with the Park Police—one officer described him as “rude and irate”— after getting ticketed for illegally parking his car at the Lincoln Memorial. He argued that being a House member allowed him to park in an official space.

Gohmert’s legislative work has been mostly on the Judiciary Committee, where he often draws television talk show invitations and scorn from liberal blogs for his provocative views. He drew widespread attention for his appearance on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show in August 2010 to discuss “terror babies”—an alleged effort to send pregnant women into the United States to give birth to children eligible for U.S. passports who could be trained to carry out attacks. Cooper pressed Gohmert to offer proof. “Had somebody done this in your courtroom, you would have asked for evidence, and you have none,” Cooper said. An irate Gohmert replied: “This isn’t a courtroom. We’re trying to protect America.”

No friend of gun control laws, Gohmert once declared that guns are necessary to protect the United States from “Sharia law.” After the mass shooting at Aurora, Colo., movie theater in 2012, he said it was part of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and wondered if an armed patron could have intervened. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is pro-gun control, called the statement “one of the more nonsensical things you can say.”

Gohmert has never been reelected with less than 68% of the vote. Former Smith County GOP chair Marcia Daughtrey told the Texas Tribune in 2012 that constituents admire his challenges to political correctness. But his penchant for stirring controversy may be a concern for GOP leaders. When House Republicans selected Judiciary subcommittee chairmen in January 2011, they passed over Gohmert to give James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., the gavel of the crime and terrorism panel. He also lost a challenge to Ohio’s Jim Jordan for the chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee, the caucus of House conservatives.

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Louie Gohmert Election Results
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2012 General
Louie Gohmert (R)
Votes: 178,322
Percent: 71.43%
Shirley McKellar (D)
Votes: 67,222
Percent: 26.93%
2012 Primary
Louie Gohmert (R)
Votes: 67,705
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (90%), 2008 (88%), 2006 (68%), 2004 (61%)
Louie Gohmert Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 24 (L) : 76 (C) 27 (L) : 73 (C) 46 (L) : 54 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 34 (L) : 66 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 15 (L) : 77 (C) 19 (L) : 80 (C) 25 (L) : 74 (C)
Composite 16.5 (L) : 83.5 (C) 26.8 (L) : 73.2 (C) 26.7 (L) : 73.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100100
LCV311
CFG9197
ITIC-58
NTU7983
20112012
COC88-
ACLU-0
ACU9296
ADA520
AFSCME14-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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