Roger Williams

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Roger Williams
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U.S. House, Texas, District 25
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas Christian University
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1949
Place of birthFort Worth, Texas
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Campaign website
Roger Williams is a 2012 Republican candidate who won election to the U.S. House representing the 25th Congressional District of Texas. He is a former Secretary of State of Texas. He was succeeded by Phil Wilson.

Williams won election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Williams grew up in Fort Worth. He graduated from Texas Christian University, after attending on a baseball scholarship. He went on to play for an Atlanta Braves farm team until he got injured. With this, he returned to Texas to run the family car dealership.[2]


  • 1971-present: Owner, Roger Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram[2]
  • 2005-2007: Texas secretary of state[2]
  • 1974-1976: Baseball coach, Texas Christian University[2]
  • 1971-1974: Atlanta Braves farm team[2]


Campaign themes


Williams's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • 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..."



See also: Texas' 25th congressional district elections, 2012

Williams ran 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 in the 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.[4][5][6]

U.S. House, Texas District 25 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 58.4% 154,245
     Democratic Elaine M. Henderson 37.4% 98,827
     Libertarian Betsy Dewey 4.1% 10,860
Total Votes 263,932
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House of Representatives Runoff Election, Texas, Congressional District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 58% 26,495
Wes Riddle 42% 19,210
Total Votes 45,705


Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Williams's reports.[8]

Roger Williams (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$1,456,133.61$180,893.70$(220,645.04)$1,416,382.27
Pre-Primary[10]May 17, 2012$1,416,382.27$154,622.25$(810,434.90)$760,569.62
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$760,569.62$287,885.19$(399,390.68)$649,064.13
Pre-Runoff[12]July 19, 2012$649,064.13$38,332.84$(175,273.44)$512,123.53
Running totals


Williams and his wife, Patty, have two children.[13]

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