Louis Buller Gohmert Jr. is a U.S. Representative from Texas’s 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party and is part of the Tea Party movement. In January 2015, he unsuccessfully challenged John Boehner for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives. He has been reelected seven times, never dropping below 68 percent of the vote.
About Louie Gohmert in brief
Louis Buller Gohmert Jr. is a U.S. Representative from Texas’s 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party and is part of the Tea Party movement. In January 2015, he unsuccessfully challenged John Boehner for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was elected as a state district judge for Texas’s 7th Judicial District, serving Smith County from 1992 to 2002. He first saw national recognition for a 1996 probation requirement where he ordered an HIV positive man, who was convicted on motor vehicle theft charges, to seek the written consent from all future sexual partners on a court provided form notifying them of his HIV status. In 2002, he was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to fill a vacancy as Chief Justice on Texas’s 12th Court of Appeals, where he served a six-month term, which ended in 2003. He handily won his seventh term in the general election held on November 8, 2016, with 192,434 votes, he defeated Democrat Shirley J. McKellar, who polled 62,847 ballots. Libertarian Phil Gray polled 5,062 votes. On July 29, 2009, he signed on as a co-sponsor of the defeated H. R. 1503, which would have amended the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of president to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate. Although he has previously ruled out the possibility of a bid for the U. S. Senate, he has recently been boosted by at least one party group as a primary challenger to a group of Florida House members.
In 2012, he broke with the House leadership to nominate Florida Representative Allen West for Speaker, although West narrowly lost his bid for re-election in November 2012, although he was re-elected in November 2013. In 2013, he said he believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not act with due diligence concerning alleged bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. His contention was that the FBI was more interested in Christian groups such as those led by Billy and Franklin Graham than in groups that might be considered less politically correct to target. He has made several unsuccessful attempts to inject his viewpoint as a point of personal privilege as a party group. That group, the West West Tea Party, was boosted by one group as one of the party group’s primary challengers at least in January 2013, though he was recently boosted by another party group to be a primary candidate for the United States Senate. In November 2014, he announced that he would not be seeking a third term in Congress. He served in the JAG Corps at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 1978-82. The majority of his legal service in the Army was as a defense attorney. He has been reelected seven times, never dropping below 68 percent of the vote. In the 2004 Republican primary, he defeated Democratic incumbent 1st District Congressman Max Sandlin in a landslide with 61% of the votes.