Louie Gohmert

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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
First elected2004
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$-175,001
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 November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

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]:

Issues

Specific votes

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 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.[5]

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.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Gohmert is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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 May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Shirley McKellar (D) and Clark Patterson (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[7][8]

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.[13]

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.[14]

Louie Gohmert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 8, 2013$96,736.27$142,012.76$(56,311.72)$182,437.31
July Quarterly[16]July 8, 2013$182,437.31$61,265.00$(69,868.12)$173,834.19
Running totals
$203,277.76$(126,179.84)

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.[17] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[18]

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.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 1st District, 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

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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

Voting with party

2013

Louie Gohmert voted with the Republican Party 89.7% of the time, which ranked 224th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 net worth decreased by 16.67% from 2010.[27]

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.[28]

Personal

Gohmert and his wife, Kathy, have three children.[29]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  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
  4. Louie Gohmert Official Senate website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 19, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  7. Republican candidate list
  8. Unofficial Republican primary results
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Louie Gohmert," Accessed March 25, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Louie Gohmert Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  15. 'Federal Election Commission "Louie Gohmert April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  16. 'Federal Election Commission "Louie Gohmert July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Louie Gohmert 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  18. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Louie Gohmert 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  20. Gov Track "Louie Gohmert," Accessed June 7 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Louie Gohmert," Accessed August 2, 2013
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. GovTrack, "Louie Gohmert," Accessed April 2, 2013
  26. LegiStorm, "Louis B. Gohmert," Accessed September 17, 2012
  27. OpenSecrets.org "Louis B. Gohmert Jr (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Louis B. Gohmert (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  29. 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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