|Louis Buller “Louie” Gohmert|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Max Sandlin|
Judge of the Texas 7th Judicial District Court for Smith County
|Born|| August 18, 1953|
Pittsburg, Camp County
|Residence||Tyler, Smith County, Texas|
|Alma mater|| Texas A&M University|
Baylor University Law School
United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (1978-1982)
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1978 – 1982|
|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.
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." 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."
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.
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.
- Brian Chasnoff, "Rickhoff channels Gohmert in county race", The San Antonio Express-News, March 24, 2018, p. A2.
- Rafael Bernal (March 21, 2018). Hispanic Caucus lashes out at Gohmert over César Chavez comments. Thehill.com. Retrieved on April 2, 2018.
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