Louis Buller (Louie) Gohmert, Jr.
(born August 18, 1953) is an American
politician and current Republican U.S. Representative
's 1st congressional district
Life and career
Gohmert was born in Pittsburg, Texas
. He received his B.A.
from Texas A&M University
in 1975. At A&M, he was a Brigade Commander of the Corps of Cadets
. He later received his Juris Doctor
from Baylor University
in 1977. Gohmert served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
, at Fort Benning, Georgia
, from 1978 to 1982.
Gohmert was elected as a state district judge for Texas's 7th Judicial District comprising Smith County
) in 1992 and was reelected two times before being appointed by Governor Rick Perry
to fill a vacancy as Chief Justice on Texas's 12th Court of Appeals, where he served from 2002 to 2003. After Texas' 2003 mid-decade redistricting process, 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 northeast Texas. In the Republican primary, Gohmert defeated State Representative Wayne Christian
, who thereafter returned to the state legislature.
Gohmert serves on two House committees: Judiciary (because of his judicial background) and Natural Resources (as his district sits on top of the East Texas oil field
In 2006, Gohmert won his second term by defeating independent Roger L.... Read More