Roger Williams (Texas)
|U.S. House, Texas, District 25|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Lloyd Doggett (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$19.68 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Texas Secretary of State|
|Bachelor's||Texas Christian University|
|Date of birth||September 13, 1949|
|Place of birth||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Net worth||(2012) $13,295,011|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Government affairs
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Williams won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014. He defeated Marco Montoya (D) and John Betz, Jr. (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Williams is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Williams grew up in Fort Worth. He attended Texas Christian University on a baseball scholarship and went on to play minor league baseball in the Atlanta Braves farm system. An injury ended his baseball career, and he returned to Texas to run the family car dealership.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Williams' academic, professional and political career:
- 2013-present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 25th Congressional District
- 2005-2007: Texas Secretary of State
- 1974-1976: Baseball coach, Texas Christian University
- 1971-present: Owner, Roger Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
- 1971-1974: Atlanta Braves farm team
- 1972: Graduated from Texas Christin University with a B.A.
Williams serves on the following committees:
Williams served on the following committees:
- Committee on Budget
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Williams's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Williams voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Williams voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Williams voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Williams voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Williams joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Williams voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Williams voted against HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Williams voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Williams voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Williams voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Williams voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans—Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Williams joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Williams is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Williams received a score of 32 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Strongly Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Unknown||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Neutral||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Favors||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
Williams' campaign website listed the following issues:
- Balancing the Budget
- Excerpt: "As a business owner, I don’t just talk about balancing the budget, I do it every day. If revenues are down, expenses must be reduced. As your Congressman, I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment...."
- Entitlement Reform is Critical
- Excerpt: "In my business, I deal with pension issues for my employees. And I know that the federal government cannot sustain its current path of entitlement spending..."
- Abolishing Earmarks
- Excerpt: "I oppose earmarks not just because of all the wasteful spending; I oppose them because they represent a corruption of the political process."
- Ending the Tax Code as We Know It
- Excerpt: "Not only do I believe that we need to lower taxes, I believe we need to utterly reform the tax code. As a business owner, I know how the current tax code costs money, time, and jobs..."
- American Energy Independence is a Critical National Priority
- Excerpt: "We are all seeing the growing instability of the Middle East. We cannot continue to send billions of dollars overseas to unstable foreign nations who are threatened by Islamic radicals..."
Williams won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He defeated Marco Montoya (D) and John Betz, Jr. (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Texas District 25 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Roger Williams Incumbent||60.2%||107,120|
|Libertarian||John Betz, Jr.||3.5%||6,300|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State|
Williams won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 25th District. He and Wes Riddle defeated Bill Burch, Dianne Costa, James Dillon, Dave Garrison, Justin Hewlett, Charles Holcomb, Brian Matthews, Ernie Beltz, Jr., Chad Wilbanks and Michael Williams (Texas Commissioner of Education) in the primary on May 29, 2012. Williams then defeated Riddle in the runoff election. He defeated Elaine Henderson (D) and Betsy Dewey (L) in the general election on November 6.
|U.S. House, Texas District 25 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Elaine M. Henderson||37.4%||98,827|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 25 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Williams attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $4,981,182 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 27, 2015.
|Roger Williams (Texas)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||US House (Texas, District 25)||$1,878,499|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 25)||$3,102,683|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,981,182|
|Roger Williams (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$67,608.90||$414,285.97||$(197,002.77)||$284,892.10|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$284,892.10||$201,871.55||$(121,693.27)||$365,070.38|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$365,070.38||$191,026.05||$(143,922.11)||$412,174.32|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$412,174||$215,118||$(124,969)||$502,323|
|Pre-Primary||February 20, 2014||$502,323||$81,740||$(101,962)||$482,100|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$482,100||$164,238||$(47,289)||$599,049|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$599,049||$228,391||$(150,727)||$676,713|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$676,713||$265,669||$(168,525)||$773,857|
Williams won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Williams' campaign committee raised a total of $3,102,683 and spent $3,035,074. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Williams spent $19.68 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 25, 2012 - Roger Williams (Texas) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Top contributors to Roger Williams (Texas)'s campaign committee|
|Moncrief Oil International||$24,300|
|Martin Sprocket & Gear||$21,750|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$316,358|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, William's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-4,170,973 and $30,760,995. That averages to $13,295,011, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Williams ranked as the 30thth most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Williams' calculated net worth increased by an average of 41 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Roger Williams Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||41%|
|Average annual growth:||41%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Williams received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.
From 2007-2014, 39.89 percent of Williams' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Roger Williams (Texas) Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$603,308|
|% total in top industry||9.63%|
|% total in top two industries||19.18%|
|% total in top five industries||39.89%|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Williams most often votes with:
Williams least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Williams missed 44 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Williams ranked 13th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Williams voted with the Republican Party 97.6 percent of the time, which ranked 3rd among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.
Williams voted with the Republican Party 97.4 percent of the time, which ranked 110th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Williams and his wife, Patty, have two children.
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- Media coverage:
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
- The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
- National Journal, "Texas, 25th House District: Roger Williams (R)," November 6, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "WILLIAMS, Roger, (1949 - )," accessed February 5, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- On The Issues, "Roger Williams Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 27, 2014
- Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012 (timed out)
- Associated Press, Primary runoff results," accessed August 31, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Roger Williams," accessed January 27, 2015
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Roger Williams 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Roger Williams (R-Texas), 2012," accessed June 9, 2014
- This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Roger Williams," accessed September 23, 2014
- GovTrack, "Roger Williams," accessed July 21, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Roger Williams," accessed July 18, 2014
- GovTrack, "Roger Williams," accessed July 21, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed November 1, 2012
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