Roger Williams (Texas)
|U.S. House, Texas, District 25|
|January 3, 2013|
|January 3, 2015|
|Predecessor||Lloyd Doggett (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Texas Christian University|
|Birthday||September 13, 1949|
|Place of birth||Fort Worth, Texas|
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.
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.
- 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
- 1971-present: Owner, Roger Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
- 2005-2007: Texas secretary of state
- 1974-1976: Baseball coach, Texas Christian University
- 1971-1974: Atlanta Braves farm team
Williams serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Budget
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Williams's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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..."
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.
|U.S. House, Texas District 25 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Elaine M. Henderson||37.4%||98,827|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 25 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012|
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.
|Roger Williams (Texas)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 25)||$3,102,683|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,102,683|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 25th Congressional District, 2012 - Roger Williams (Texas) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||No reports on record for candidate|
|Top contributors to Roger Williams (Texas)'s campaign committee|
|Moncrief Oil International||$24,300|
|Martin Sprocket & Gear||$21,750|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$316,358|
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
Voting with party
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.
Williams and his wife, Patty, have two children.
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- BOR Elections: LIVE From the Texas Democratic Party in Austin, Filing Day Live ... - Burnt Orange Report
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- Advocacy groups issue 'F' grades to Cruz, Cornyn - Education Week News
- The 'Grand Bargain' is over - Washington Post (blog)
- Advocacy Group Issue 'F' Grade to Cruz, Cornyn - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
- Death Notices for December 8 - Tulsa World
- Rep. Roger Williams recalls JFK encounter just before assassination - Dallas Morning News (blog)
- Candidate Filings Trickle In: Some incumbents draw challengers, but no serious ... - Austin Chronicle
- Batter up! Roger Williams starts Congressional Baseball Caucus - Dallas Morning News (blog)
- Kelly Bies: North Carolina, don't give up on your students - Durham News
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- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 National Journal "Texas, 25th House District: Roger Williams (R)," November 6, 2012
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ Republican candidate list
- ↑ Unofficial Republican primary results
- ↑ Associated Press primary runoff results
- ↑ Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Roger Williams," Accessed March 25, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Roger Williams 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Roger Williams," Accessed April 2, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org "Roger Williams (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
- ↑ Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart biography
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