Louie Gohmert

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Louis Buller “Louie” Gohmert

U.S. Representative for
Texas' 1st Congressional District
Assumed office 
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Max Sandlin

Judge of the Texas 7th Judicial District Court for Smith County
In office

Born August 18, 1953
Pittsburg, Camp County
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathy Gohmert
Children Three children
Residence Tyler, Smith County, Texas
Alma mater Texas A&M University

Baylor University Law School

Occupation Lawyer

United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (1978-1982)

Religion Southern Baptist
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1978 – 1982
Rank Captain
Unit Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
Awards Meritorious Service Medal

Louis Buller Gohmert, Jr., known as Louie Gohmert (born August 18, 1953), has served since January 2005 as the U.S. Representative for Texas' 1st congressional district. A former state court district judge for Smith County (1993-2002), the Republican Gohmert is among the most conservative members of Congress.

On January 6, 2015, Gohmert failed in his bid to unseat then U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, a favorite of establishment Republicans who repeatedly opposed conservative bills.

An active Southern Baptist, Gohmert resides in the county seat of Tyler.


In the March 6, 2018, Republican primary, Gohmert defeated two rivals with 88.3 percent of the ballots cast. In the November 6 general election, he faces for the fourth time African-American Democrat Shirley J. McKellar, a leftist part of the "Turn Texas Blue" movement.

On March 24, 2018, a columnist for The San Antonio Express-News called Gohmert "infamous for kooky conspiracy theories, including his claim in 2010 that pregnant undocumented women were crossing the border to give birth to 'terror babies' with U.S. citizenship."[1] The comment came in reference to the Bexar County judge's race between incumbent Democrat Nelson Wolff and Republican challenger Tom Rickhoff. The column notes that Rickhoff, like Gohmert, often uses flow charts to bolster his arguments. Richoff, however, made clear that he is no admirer of Gohmert: "I don't ever want to hear his name."[1]


Gohmert aroused leftist hostility in March 2018, when he proposed that a national observance called "National Border Control Day" be established on March 31, the birthday of the late farm labor organizer César Chavez. U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, a New Mexico Democratic liberal, called Gohmert's proposal "shameful. For Rep. Gohmert to twist and warp the legacy of César Chávez is offensive, shameful and beyond the pale of normal logic." Gohmert said that his resolution was based on Chavez's "passionate fight to gain better working environments for thousands of workers laboring in harsh conditions on farms for low wages. He also staunchly believed in sovereignty of the United States border.” Gohmert cited a 1979 speech to the Washington Press Club in which Chavez demanded border enforcement and the removal of illegal aliens.[2]

At the end of 2018, Gohmert advanced legislation which would repeal section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. This section of the act produces "safe harbor" protections for social media giants from legal action.[3][4]

In late July 2020, Rep. Gohmert introduced a resolution to ban the Democratic Party for having supported slavery, stunning House Democrats who wanted to remove Confederate monuments.[5]

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