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    Louie Gohmert (Rep) U.S. Congressman

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Experience Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as the Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
Education Texas A&M University Baylor Law School
Campaign Phone (903) 939-1101
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The strengths I bring to this position include understanding of what laws should say through many years of judicial experience, devotion to east Texans, and passion to make this country better for our children and grandchildren. Not only have I served my country on active duty four years in the U.S. Army, I’ve served as a prosecutor, businessman, elected three times as District Judge in Smith County, Texas, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals. As Congressman, I’ve stood up for my district and constituents and have the scars from Republicans and Democrats to prove it. I’ve relentlessly supported and defended our Constitution and country – maintaining the oath I took as an Eagle Scout – to do my duty to God and my country, all while maintaining my commitment to the east Texas values we hold dear.
It’s been my unwavering position – we must secure our border with a wall where it is needed. Once our border is secure, we can address what to do with immigrants in this country illegally. We have elected a president who has made it a priority to secure our border. It is imperative he keeps that promise. We should lower the legal immigration far below the million plus who legally immigrate into the U.S. and eliminate the diversity visa lottery. We have passed these reforms in the House, but the Senate needs to follow through. Whenever there's talk in D.C. about legalization programs, there is a massive surge of illegal immigration. It’s time for our executive branch to use the resources available and secure the border. The courts have ruled only the executive branch can carry this out. Once the border is secure, we can finally control our own destiny again.
No. It is the responsibility of elected officials to draw the required lines that reflect the legal requirements for each district in our state. In states where unelected bureaucrats draw the lines, it appears even less fair than where those who draw the lines are accountable to the voters.
I’m a fan of term limits and pledged I wouldn’t run for more than three terms as district judge. I did not make any pledge regarding terms in Congress. It will take someone, who has been elected for a while, to finally get limits pushed through. If I could get that done, I would be glad to let that be my last term. The bill I have drafted and am about to file does not just limit terms for elected officials but also for bureaucrats who are in supervisory positions. They seem to have even more power currently in Washington than elected officials and that must change. We’ve got some work to do but must ensure that people across America understand – this is our last chance to get things repaired in our government system that has been so badly corrupted.
Experience I have 40 years experience in the hospitality industry, medicine (completed medical school), and education (collegiate professor).
Education Bachelor of Science (BS) Masters of Science (MS) Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Campaign Phone (936) 632-7989
After the 2003 GOP redistricting of county lines here in Texas, our state created puppets, not true leaders. Many candidates and politicians alike are products of a network, where connections, wealth, friendship, religion, and nepotism determine election outcomes rather than the true caliber of an individual. My journey has been marked by what seems thousands of trials placed forth by individuals or organized networks. I have stood on my own two feet to meet these challenges head on; yet, more often than none, being successful has brought a plethora of further obstacles and roadblocks. Whether living in developed nations and especially third world countries, I have grown immensely from my travels, never compromising morals, charity, human decency, and becoming stalwart in self reliance, always taking the higher road, which at times has cost me years of my life. I have learned from my successes and failures, and wish to continue to serve humanity and the public interest.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, I published an article proposing a border wall complete with checkpoints every 50-100 miles. The checkpoints would contain the Homeland Security database, a computer system that would check the background of individuals wanting to enter the country,while also regulating the numbers of people entering our nation. Temporary, renewable work related visas could be offered on an annual basis allowing migrant workers to work seasonal jobs, make money, renew the work visa fee, and return to their country once work was completed. Failure to comply would result in deportation and not being able to return to our country in future attempts. I wrote that article in the time frame 2004-2007, having the vision to protect our borders yet also realizing our nation’s foundation is a medley of global, immigrant populations that make our country strong and vibrant. Most leaders and candidates alike are followers; however, over a decade ago, I led.
The 2003 GOP redistricting of county lines has created a massive, disillusioned cohort of District 1 population whose vote matters little if at all. I chose to run to become the next US Congressman as many rural community people mentioned to me that “not only do we feel underrepresented, we feel there is no representation at all.” The 2003 redistricting is unfair to the southern half of District 1 (Pineywoods). Why? The majority populace lies in the northern half of District 1; thus, upon voting in elections, the most votes are cast in the northern part of the District 1 silencing voters in the southern part of District 1. The consequences of the 2003 gerrymandering of county lines in Deep East Texas (Lufkin, Nacogdoches), has decimated the Pineywoods with numerous, permanent industry closures and the loss of 10,000+ jobs over this past decade. I would support independent citizens be included in redistricting commissions as long as that citizen has no conflicts of interests.
I am an avid supporter of term limits, as established politicians have become a liability to people and a proper functioning government. Congressional positions loyalty should be to their constituent base, not protecting their pockets and self interests or the interests of powerful lobbyist groups and industries. A maximum of three three year terms or two four year terms, to be voted on by the people, I believe would allow, a candidate to improve his/her community, and promote their platform accordingly.