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
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]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent 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 Department of Homeland Security 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.[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

Nay3.png 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

Nay3.png 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]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Gohmert is 1 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.[27]

Campaign themes

2014

Gohmert's campaign website lists the following issues:[28]

  • 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.[30][31]

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.[36]

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.[37]

Louie Gohmert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 8, 2013$96,736.27$142,012.76$(56,311.72)$182,437.31
July Quarterly[39]July 8, 2013$182,437.31$61,265.00$(69,868.12)$173,834.19
October Quarterly[40]October 8, 2013$173,834.19$171,243.04$(82,139.68)$262,937.55
Year-End[41]January 17, 2014$262,937$39,902$(92,463)$210,375
Pre-Primary[42]February 17, 2014$210,375$15,347$(38,625)$187,097
April Quarterly[43]April 8, 2014$187,097$41,294$(39,434)$188,957
July Quarterly[44]July 10, 2014$188,957$34,546$(72,835)$150,668
Running totals
$505,609.8$(451,676.52)

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]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

Voting with party

2013

Gohmert voted with the Republican Party 89.7% of the time, which ranked 224th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[55]

Louie Gohmert Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$-162,501
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.

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.[56]

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.[57]

Personal

Gohmert and his wife, Kathy, have three children.[58]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  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
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
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  24. 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
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Max Sandlin
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 1
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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