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Rep. Louie Gohmert Jr.

Representative for Texas’s 1st District

pronounced LOO-ee // GOH-mer

Gohmert is the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 4, 2005. Gohmert is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Gohmert is among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 2020 election, Gohmert joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted based on lies, conspiracy theories, and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, he called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Gohmert voted for the exclusion of all of the votes in Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the Electoral College count that determined the next President of the United States. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Rep. Gohmert was accused of failing to complete security screening on February 4, 2021 and fined $5,000 by the House Committee on Ethics. He appealed on February 26 and the appeal was denied by a majority of the committee on March 30, 2021.

Mar. 11, 2021 House Committee on Ethics began a review of the member's appeal of his fine.
Mar. 30, 2021 House Committee on Ethics announced that Gohmert's February 26 appeal was denied.
Photo of Rep. Louie Gohmert [R-TX1]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Gohmert.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gohmert is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gohmert has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Sep 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 91% United States Chamber of Commerce: 75% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 4% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Louie Gohmert Jr. sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Gohmert was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gohmert sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) International Affairs (18%) Environmental Protection (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Immigration (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gohmert’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gohmert voted Nay

Passed 407/1 on Sep 5, 2017.

H.R. 3110 would allow the Independent Member with insurance expertise on the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to continue to serve for up to 18 ...

Gohmert voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Gohmert voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Gohmert voted No

Gohmert voted Nay

Gohmert voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Sep 2021, Gohmert missed 823 of 11,306 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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