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Rep. Roger Williams

Representative for Texas’s 25th District

pronounced RAH-jer // WIL-jumz

Williams is the representative for Texas’s 25th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Williams is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Williams is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 election, Williams 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, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Williams voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2017 Williams was investigated for improperly taking official action in 2015 on a matter in which he had a personal financial interest. The House Committee on Ethics concluded the Williams Amendment could have affected Representative Williams’ personal financial interests, however the totality of the circumstances surrounding Representative Williams’ actions did not create a reasonable inference of improper conduct.

May. 13, 2016 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Aug. 1, 2017 House Committee on Ethics concluded that the Williams Amendment could have affected Representative Williams’ personal financial interests, however the totality of the circumstances surrounding Representative Williams’ actions did not create a reasonable inference of improper conduct
Photo of Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX25]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Williams.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Williams 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 Williams has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 11, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 81% United States Chamber of Commerce: 75% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D Human Rights Campaign: 7% League of Conservation Voters: 1% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Roger Williams sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Williams was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Williams sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (48%) Health (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Energy (6%) Taxation (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Animals (6%) Housing and Community Development (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This ...

Williams voted Nay

Passed 256/164 on Jan 11, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill would extend so-called "section 702" government surveillance under ...

Williams voted Nay

Williams voted Yea

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 ...

Williams 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 ...

Williams voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to May 2021, Williams missed 174 of 4,849 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% 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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