Louis Gohmert

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U.S. Representative

Louis Gohmert (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on the Judiciary
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for TX-01

Confirmed: Shirley McKellar, Louis Gohmert
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for TX-01)
On the Web
Official website

Louie Gohmert, a Republican, has represented the First Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 100 - 24/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 10 - 2/20 10 - 2/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 80 - 16/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Pays wife for campaign work

In October 2006, the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit organization which advocates better transparency in government, reported that Gohmert’s campaign committee paid his wife $53,261 to serve as the campaign’s assistant manager during 2005-2006. [1]

DC voting rights

When the District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007 came under consideration of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Gohmert threatened to introduce up to 43 amendments to the bill to protest granting a House vote to a non-state. Members voted on only one of the Gohmert amendments, a measure which would have made certain military installations congressional districts (it failed).

Main article: District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007


Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Gohmert was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

In 2004, he successfully defeated Democratic incumbent 1st District Congressman Max Sandlin for his seat in Congress; becoming the first Republican since Reconstruction to represent the 1st District of Texas. Representative Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005 by Speaker Dennis Hastert as representative for the First District of Texas.

Now into his second term in the House of Representatives, Gohmert is assigned to three key House committees: Judiciary, Resources and Small Business. Gohmert is the only former judge on the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over matters such as constitutional issues, immigration, the Federal courts, crime, and law enforcement. He was named Ranking Member on the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and also returns to the Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims.

Rep. Gohmert sits on the House Committee on Natural Resources. He serves on two subcommittees: Energy and Mineral Resources as well as National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

Gohmert received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, where he was class president, and served as a Brigade Commander of the Corps of Cadets. He was also Class President while attending Baylor School of Law. He is a veteran, having served his country as captain in the U.S. Army as a result of an Army scholarship at Texas A&M.

Having grown up in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, where he was an Eagle Scout, Gohmert has been an active volunteer in numerous civic organizations in East Texas.

Congressional career

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Roger L. Owen to face Gohmert in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Gohmert retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Southside Bank$ 13,500
First State Bank & Trust$ 10,500
Atlas Credit$ 10,000
Koch Industries$ 10,000
Krohn Internal Medicine Assn$ 10,000
Newfield Exploration Co$ 10,000
AT&T Inc$ 6,000
Berkshire Hathaway$ 6,000
Lake Ronel Oil$ 5,250
Chesapeake Energy$ 5,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Louis Gohmert
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Louis Gohmert. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


DC office
  • 2440 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3035 Fax: 202-226-1230
    Webform email
District offices
  • 101 East Methvin, Suite 302 Longview, TX 75601
    Ph: 903-236-8597 Fax: (none entered)
  • 300 East Shepherd Lufkin, TX 75901
    Ph: 866-535-6302 Fax: (none entered)
  • 102 West Houston Street Marshall, TX 75670
    Ph: 866-535-6302 Fax: (none entered)
  • 202 East Pilar, Suite 304 Nacogdoches, TX 75961
    Ph: 866-535-6302 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1121 ESE Loop 323, Suite 206 Tyler, TX 75701
    Ph: 903-561-6349 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

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