|Louis Buller “Louie” Gohmert, Jr.|
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2023
|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, which covers a large portion of East Texas. A former state court district judge for Smith County (1993-2002), the Republican Gohmert is among the most conservative members of Congress.
Gohmert will leave Congress on January 3, 2023. He is not seeking a tenth term but is instead challenging state Attorney General Ken Paxton in the primary set for March 1, 2022. Two other significant candidates in the race are George P. Bush, the son of Florida former Governor Jeb Bush and the outgoing state land commissioner, and Eva Guzman, who resigned from the Texas Supreme Court to make the race. Though a strong backer of former U.S. President Donald Trump, Gohmert will run without Trump's support. Earlier in 2001, Trump endorsed a third term for incumbent Paxton.
An active Southern Baptist, Gohmert resides in the county seat of Tyler. He filed a lawsuit there in federal court on December 28, 2020, to declare the Electoral Count Act unconstitutional amid widespread irregularities and fraud in the United States presidential election, 2020.
Early life and education
Gohmert was born in Pittsburg, Texas to Mary Sue and Louis Buller Gohmert. He was raised in Mount Pleasant, where in 1971 he graduated from the local high school.
He enrolled in Texas A&M University, receiving a United States Army scholarship and earning a B.A. in history. Gohmert commanded a cadet brigade in the Corps of Cadets and served as class president.
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.
Possible Libel from NY Magazine Contributor Olivia Nuzzi
On January 1st, 2021 NU Magazine contributor Olivia Nuzzi was reported to have called Rep. Gohmert, who has masters and Juris Doctor degree in law, a "moron". According to WikiBiography, there is no reference of Ms. Muzzi graduating college, she reportedly worked on convicted politician Anthony Weiner's campaign for Mayor of NYC and was not well thought of by her manager.
- Devan Cole (November 23, 2021). Louie Gohmert: Republican lawmaker who downplayed the insurrection wants to be the top law enforcement officer in Texas. msn.com. Retrieved on November 24, 2021.
- "The U.S. Congress Votes Data Base: Louie Gohmert (R-TX)", washingtonpost.com.
- "Louie B. Gohmert (R)", washingtonpost.com, June 30, 2004.
- NationalJournalAlmanac Texas District 1 Rep. Louie Gohmert (R). nationaljournal.com (April 8, 2013).
- 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.
- LOUIE LOUIE: Gohmert Introduces Bill to Stop Bias By Social Media Giants
- Gohmert Introduces Bill That Removes Liability Protections for Social Media Companies That Use Algorithms to Hide, Promote, or Filter User Content
- Louie Gohmert Urges House to Ban Democratic Party for Supporting Slavery
- NY Mag’s Nuzzi: GOP Establishment Frustrated with Hawley — ‘He’s Not Some Moron Like Louie Gohmert’
- Olivia Nuzzi: Wiki, Career, Education, Family and Details.