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===Voting with party===
 
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Williams has voted with the Republican Party '''97.4%''' of the time. This ranked 110th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/votes_with_party/house/republican''OpenCongress'' "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Williams has voted with the Republican Party '''97.4%''' of the time. This ranked 110th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/votes_with_party/house/republican''OpenCongress'', "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Williams and his wife, Patty, have two children.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/50112/roger-williams Biography from Project Vote Smart]</ref>
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Williams and his wife, Patty, have two children.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/50112/roger-williams ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed November 1, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==

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Roger Williams
Roger Williams (Texas).jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 25
Incumbent
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorLloyd Doggett (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$19.68 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,102,683
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas Secretary of State
2005-2007
Education
Bachelor'sTexas Christian University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 13, 1949
Place of birthFort Worth, Texas
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$13,295,011
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Roger Williams (b. September 13, 1949, in Fort Worth, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Texas' 25th Congressional District. He was fist elected on November 6, 2012. He defeated Elaine Henderson (D) and Betsy Dewey (L) in the general election.[1]

Williams is a former Secretary of State of Texas. He served from 2005 to 2007 and was succeeded by Phil Wilson.

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

Biography

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.[2]

Career

  • 1971-1974: Atlanta Braves farm team[2]
  • 1971-present: Owner, Roger Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram[2]
  • 1974-1976: Baseball coach, Texas Christian University[2]
  • 2005-2007: Texas Secretary of State[2]
  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Williams serves on the following committees:[3]

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.[4] For more information pertaining to Williams's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Williams 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Williams 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] 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. Williams joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[12][13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[15] 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.[16] Williams voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" 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 would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Campaign themes

2014

Williams' campaign website lists the following issues:[25]

  • 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..."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 25th Congressional District elections, 2014

Williams 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 Marco Montoya (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 25th Congressional District elections, 2012

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 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.[26][27][28][29]

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, Texas District 25 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 58% 26,495
Wes Riddle 42% 19,210
Total Votes 45,705
U.S. House, Texas District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 25.1% 12,894
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Riddle 14.6% 7,481
Justin Hewlett 12% 6,178
Dave Garrison 11.9% 6,133
Michael Williams 10.5% 5,392
Dianne Costa 9.4% 4,810
Brian Matthews 3.6% 1,824
Charlie Holcomb 3.3% 1,690
Chad Wilbanks 3.1% 1,593
Bill Burch 3.1% 1,575
James Dillon 2.3% 1,174
Ernie Beltz, Jr. 1.2% 596
Total Votes 51,340

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $3,102,683 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[30]

Roger Williams (Texas)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 25) Won $3,102,683
Grand Total Raised $3,102,683

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Williams' reports.[31]

Roger Williams (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$67,608.90$414,285.97$(197,002.77)$284,892.10
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$284,892.10$201,871.55$(121,693.27)$365,070.38
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$365,070.38$191,026.05$(143,922.11)$412,174.32
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$412,174$215,118$(124,969)$502,323
Pre-Primary[36]February 20, 2014$502,323$81,740$(101,962)$482,100
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$482,100$164,238$(47,289)$599,049
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2014$599,049$228,391$(150,727)$676,713
Running totals
$1,496,670.57$(887,565.15)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Williams' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[39] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Williams spent $19.68 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

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.[41]

Williams most often votes with:

Williams least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Williams missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[42]

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, Williams' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-4,170,973 to $30,760,995. That averages to $13,295,011, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[43]

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, Williams has voted with the Republican Party 97.4% of the time. This ranked 110th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.[44]

Personal

Williams and his wife, Patty, have two children.[45]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 National Journal, "Texas, 25th House District: Roger Williams (R)," November 6, 2012
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 27, 2014
  26. Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
  27. Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012
  28. Associated Press, Primary runoff results," accessed August 31, 2012
  29. Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Roger Williams," accessed March 25, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Roger Williams July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "Roger Williams 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 5, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Roger Williams," accessed August 2, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Roger Williams," accessed April 2, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets, "Roger Williams (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
  45. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed November 1, 2012
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Lloyd Doggett
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 25
2013-present
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