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|Cost per vote 2012 = $4.26
 
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|Next election = [[Texas' 1st congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Place of birth = Pittsburg, TX
 
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{{tnr}}'''Louie Gohmert''' (b. August 18, 1953) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Texas]]. Gohmert serves [[Texas' 1st congressional district]]. He was first elected to the House in 2004.
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{{tnr}}'''Louie Gohmert''' (b. August 18, 1953, in Pittsburg, Texas) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Texas]]. Gohmert serves [[Texas' 1st Congressional District]]. He was first elected to the House in 2004.
  
Gohmert most recently won re-election in 2012.  He defeated [[Shirley McKellar]] (D) and [[Clark Patterson]] (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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Gohmert most recently won re-election in 2012.  He defeated [[Shirley McKellar]] (D) and [[Clark Patterson]] (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012]</ref>
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Gohmert {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014.
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
After earning his J.D. from Baylor University's School of Law, Gohmert went into private practice. He also spent four years in the U.S. Army.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000552 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Louie Gohmert," Accessed October 19, 2011]</ref>
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After earning his J.D. from Baylor University's School of Law, Gohmert went into private practice. He also spent four years in the U.S. Army.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000552 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Louie Gohmert," accessed October 19, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Gohmert serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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Gohmert serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House Committee on the Judiciary]]
 
*[[United States House Committee on the Judiciary]]
 
**Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
 
**Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Gohmert served on the following House committees<ref>[http://gohmert.house.gov/Biography/Committees.htm ''Louie Gohmert Official Senate website'' "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 19, 2011]</ref>:
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Gohmert served on the following House committees:<ref>[http://gohmert.house.gov/Biography/Committees.htm ''Louie Gohmert Official Senate website'', "Committee Assignments," accessed October 19, 2011]</ref>
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary|Judiciary Committee]]
 
* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary|Judiciary Committee]]
 
** Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
 
** Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
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** Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
 
** Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Specific votes===
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====113th Congress====
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===National security===
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====NDAA====
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{{Oppose vote}} Gohmert voted against 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Support vote}} Gohmert voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Support vote}} Gohmert voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{House Farm Bill GOP No|Name=Gohmert}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP No|Name=Gohmert}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Gohmert voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{oppose vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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. Gohmert voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Federal Pay Adjustment Act====
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{{Support vote}} Gohmert 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 would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Support vote}} Gohmert 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Support vote}} Gohmert 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''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]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Support vote}} Gohmert 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Oppose vote}}
 
{{Oppose vote}}
Gohmert voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Gohmert voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s020_090.gif|right|290px|thumb|Louie Gohmert's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of all Congressional members 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, Gohmert is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Gohmert received a score of 24 percent on personal issues and 88 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Gohmert|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/TX/Louie_Gohmert.htm ''On The Issues'', "Louie Gohmert Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Strongly Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Animals=Strongly Favors
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|Crime= Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Campaign Funds= Opposes
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|Iran=Strongly Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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===Conservative Fight Club===
 
===Conservative Fight Club===
According to the conservative website ''RedState'', Gohmert is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by ''RedState.''  They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March.  This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.<ref>[http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/06/fight-club/ ''RedState,'' "Fight Club," March 6, 2013]</ref>
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According to the conservative website ''RedState'', Gohmert is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club," a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by ''RedState.''  They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March.  This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.<ref>[http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/06/fight-club/ ''RedState'', "Fight Club," accessed March 6, 2013]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
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====2014====
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Gohmert's campaign website lists the following issues:<ref>[http://www.gohmert.com/issues ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed January 13, 2014]</ref>
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*'''Washington, Enough is Enough
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:Excerpt: "Louie stands up and speaks what’s on the mind of Americans dedicated to our founding principles: Enough is enough, Washington."
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*'''Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
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:Excerpt: "Old sayings hold tried and true wisdom. American families make sacrifices every day, understanding that money doesn’t grow on trees. It is time Washington follows the basic principles that have made our families strong."
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*'''Safety First
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:Excerpt: "Louie refuses to comprise his duty protecting the safety of the American people. He has served on the military and legislative frontlines of marking sure terrors abroad do not destroy the American way of life. He served Captain in the U.S. Army. And he now works as Vice Chair on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security."
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:Excerpt: "Louie is a firm believer in protecting the American family and supporting traditional social values. Throughout his time in the legislature, Louie has recognized marriage as between a man and a woman and has worked to preserve the American family."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Gohmert {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face [[Shirley McKellar]] (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
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====Endorsements====
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*[[FreedomWorks]] endorsed Gohmert on March 17, 2014.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/freedomworks-endorsements-tim-scott-mark-sanford-ted-yoho-104714.html#ixzz2wFXUYtVl ''Politico'', "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 1st congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Gohmert won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st District]]. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary.  He defeated [[Shirley McKellar]] (D) and [[Clark Patterson]] (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative Republican candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm Unofficial Republican primary results]</ref>
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Gohmert won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012|1st District]]. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012.  He defeated [[Shirley McKellar]] (D) and [[Clark Patterson]] (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://candidates.texasgop.org/offices/united-states-representative ''Texas GOP'', "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm ''Texas Secretary of State,'' "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00026148&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Louie Gohmert," accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
 
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Gohmert's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H4TX04039 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Louie Gohmert Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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{{Louie Gohmert 2014 FEC}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Louie Gohmert 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Gohmert's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Louie Gohmert 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Gohmert's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
Gohmert won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Gohmert's campaign committee raised a total of $742,347 and spent $759,162.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026148&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Louie Gohmert 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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Gohmert won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Gohmert's campaign committee raised a total of $742,347 and spent $759,162.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026148&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Louie Gohmert 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Gohmert spent $4.26 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Louie Gohmert 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Gohmert's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Louie Gohmert 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Gohmert's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
Gohmert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gohmert's campaign committee raised a total of $793,679 and spent $877,587.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026148&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'' "Louie Gohmert 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011]</ref>
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Gohmert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gohmert's campaign committee raised a total of $793,679 and spent $877,587.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026148&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'', "Louie Gohmert 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 29, 2011]</ref>
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the [[Government Accountability Institute]]:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Net worth===
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Gohmert's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-215,000 and $-110,002. That averages to '''$-162,501''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Gohmert ranked as the 435th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026148&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Louis B. Gohmert Jr (R-Texas), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Gohmert is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/louie_gohmert/400651 ''Gov Track'' "Louie Gohmert," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Gohmert is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/louie_gohmert/400651 ''GovTrack'', "Louie Gohmert," accessed June 7 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400651_Louie_Gohmert ''OpenCongress'', "Louie Gohmert," accessed August 2, 2013]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Gohmert ranked 116th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gohmert ranked 116th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Gohmert ranked 128th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gohmert ranked 128th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Gohmert missed 507 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013.  This amounts to 7.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/louie_gohmert/400651 ''GovTrack,'' "Louie Gohmert," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Gohmert missed 507 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013.  This amounts to 7.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/louie_gohmert/400651 ''GovTrack'', "Louie Gohmert," accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gohmert paid his congressional staff a total of $941,286 in 2011. Overall, [[Texas]] ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Louis_B._Gohmert.html ''LegiStorm'', "Louis B. Gohmert," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gohmert paid his congressional staff a total of $941,286 in 2011. Overall, [[Texas]] ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Louis_B._Gohmert.html ''LegiStorm'', "Louis B. Gohmert," accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
  
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Gohmert's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-230,000 to $-120,002. That averages to $-175,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 16.67% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026148&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Louis B. Gohmert Jr (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Gohmert's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-230,000 to $-120,002. That averages to '''$-175,001''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average calculated net worth<ref>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).</ref> decreased by 16.67% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026148&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets'', "Louis B. Gohmert Jr (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013]</ref>
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Gohmert's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $$-200,000 to $-100,002. This averages to $-150,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026148&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Louis B. Gohmert (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Gohmert's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $$-200,000 to $-100,002. This averages to $-150,001''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026148&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets'', "Louis B. Gohmert (R-Texas), 2010," accessed September 17, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
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Latest revision as of 07:48, 10 July 2014

Louis B. "Louie" Gohmert Jr.
Louie Gohmert.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 1
Incumbent
In office
2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMax Sandlin (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.26 in 2012
First elected2004
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,350,243
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chief Justice, 12th Circuit Court
2002-2003
District Judge, Smith County, TX
1992-2002
Education
High schoolMount Pleasant High School
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
J.D.Baylor University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1978-1982
Personal
BirthdayAugust 18, 1953
Place of birthPittsburg, TX
Net worth$-162,501
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Louie Gohmert (b. August 18, 1953, in Pittsburg, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Gohmert serves Texas' 1st Congressional District. He was first elected to the House in 2004.

Gohmert most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Shirley McKellar (D) and Clark Patterson (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Gohmert is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gohmert is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

After earning his J.D. from Baylor University's School of Law, Gohmert went into private practice. He also spent four years in the U.S. Army.[2]

Career

  • 1992-2002: District judge, Smith County, TX
  • 2002-2003: Chief Justice, 12th Circuit Court (appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry)[2]
  • 2005-present: United States House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Gohmert serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Gohmert served on the following House committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Gohmert's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Gohmert voted against 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Gohmert voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Gohmert voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" 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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Gohmert voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% 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. Gohmert joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[16] 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.[17] Gohmert voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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.[19] 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. Gohmert voted against HR 2775.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Gohmert 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 would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Gohmert 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Gohmert 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.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Gohmert 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Gohmert voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Louie Gohmert's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Gohmert is a Hard-Core Conservative. Gohmert received a score of 24 percent on personal issues and 88 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly 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 Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[27]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Gohmert is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club," a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[28]

Campaign themes

2014

Gohmert's campaign website lists the following issues:[29]

  • Washington, Enough is Enough
Excerpt: "Louie stands up and speaks what’s on the mind of Americans dedicated to our founding principles: Enough is enough, Washington."
  • Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
Excerpt: "Old sayings hold tried and true wisdom. American families make sacrifices every day, understanding that money doesn’t grow on trees. It is time Washington follows the basic principles that have made our families strong."
  • Safety First
Excerpt: "Louie refuses to comprise his duty protecting the safety of the American people. He has served on the military and legislative frontlines of marking sure terrors abroad do not destroy the American way of life. He served Captain in the U.S. Army. And he now works as Vice Chair on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security."
  • Protecting Our Core Principles
Excerpt: "Louie is a firm believer in protecting the American family and supporting traditional social values. Throughout his time in the legislature, Louie has recognized marriage as between a man and a woman and has worked to preserve the American family."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Gohmert is running for 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 will face Shirley McKellar (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Endorsements

2012

See also: Texas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Gohmert won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 1st District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He defeated Shirley McKellar (D) and Clark Patterson (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31][32]

U.S. House, Texas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLouie Gohmert Incumbent 71.4% 178,322
     Democratic Shirley J. McKellar 26.9% 67,222
     Libertarian Clark Patterson 1.6% 4,114
Total Votes 249,658
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gohmert is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Gohmert raised a total of $5,350,243 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[37]

Louie Gohmert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 1) Won $742,346
2010 US House (Texas, District 1) Won $793,679
2008 US House (Texas, District 1) Won $888,649
2006 US House (Texas, District 1) Won $1,057,369
2004 US House (Texas, District 1) Won $1,868,200
Grand Total Raised $5,350,243

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gohmert's reports.[38]

Louie Gohmert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 8, 2013$96,736.27$142,012.76$(56,311.72)$182,437.31
July Quarterly[40]July 8, 2013$182,437.31$61,265.00$(69,868.12)$173,834.19
October Quarterly[41]October 8, 2013$173,834.19$171,243.04$(82,139.68)$262,937.55
Year-End[42]January 17, 2014$262,937$39,902$(92,463)$210,375
Pre-Primary[43]February 17, 2014$210,375$15,347$(38,625)$187,097
April Quarterly[44]April 8, 2014$187,097$41,294$(39,434)$188,957
Running totals
$471,063.8$(378,841.52)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Gohmert's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Gohmert won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gohmert's campaign committee raised a total of $742,347 and spent $759,162.[45] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

Cost per vote

Gohmert spent $4.26 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Gohmert's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Gohmert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gohmert's campaign committee raised a total of $793,679 and spent $877,587.[47]

U.S. House, Texas District 1, 2010 - Louie Gohmert Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $793,679
Total Spent $877,587
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Louie Gohmert's campaign committee
Atlas Credit$11,900
Southside Bank$10,050
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$10,000
First State Bank & Trust$9,350
Krohn Internal Medicine Assn$7,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$92,850
Health Professionals$75,800
Oil & Gas$56,500
Misc Finance$36,100
Commercial Banks$31,950

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Gohmert's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-215,000 and $-110,002. That averages to $-162,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Gohmert ranked as the 435th most wealthy representative in 2012.[48] Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[49]

Louie Gohmert Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$-133,698
2012$-162,501
Growth from 2004 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gohmert is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[51]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[52]

Gohmert most often votes with:

Gohmert least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gohmert ranked 116th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[53]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gohmert ranked 128th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[54]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Gohmert has voted with the Republican Party 89.7% of the time, which ranked 224th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Gohmert missed 507 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 7.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[56]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gohmert paid his congressional staff a total of $941,286 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[57]

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Gohmert's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-230,000 to $-120,002. That averages to $-175,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average calculated net worth[58] decreased by 16.67% from 2010.[59]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Gohmert's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $$-200,000 to $-100,002. This averages to $-150,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[60]

Personal

Gohmert and his wife, Kathy, have three children.[61]

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Louie Gohmert," accessed October 19, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Louie Gohmert Official Senate website, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 19, 2011
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  49. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  50. 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.
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  58. 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).
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  60. OpenSecrets, "Louis B. Gohmert (R-Texas), 2010," accessed September 17, 2012
  61. Louie Gohmert Official Senate website, "Biography," accessed October 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Max Sandlin
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 1
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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