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Roger Williams (Texas)

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Roger Williams
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U.S. House, Texas, District 25
Incumbent-elect
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
PartyRepublican
PredecessorLloyd Doggett (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,102,683
Term limitsN/A
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 is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 25th Congressional District of Texas. He was fist elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Williams is a former Secretary of State of Texas. He was succeeded by Phil Wilson.

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 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]

Career

  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
  • 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]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Williams serves on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Williams's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • 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

2012

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.[5][6][7]

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

[8]

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 http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00030602&cycle=2012&newmem=Y. 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.[9]

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

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.[10]

Analysis

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.[11]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[12]

Voting with party

2013

The website Open Congress 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.[13]

Personal

Williams and his wife, Patty, have two children.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lloyd Doggett
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 25
2013-present
Succeeded by
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