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|
Read our 2019 Report Card for Williams.
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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to May 26, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Roger Williams sits on the following committees:
Williams was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3213 (114th): Fixed Asset Relief Act of 2015
- H.R. 3060 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 232 Southwest Johnson Avenue in Burleson, Texas, as the “Sergeant William Moody Post Office Building”.
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).
Williams sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Williams’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5574: Preserving Small Business Lending Act of 2020
- H.R. 4501: Consumer Transaction Account Protection Act of 2019
- H.R. 3665: School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019
- H.R. 2079: Freedom Financing Act
- H.Res. 229: Expressing support for designation of the month of August as National Destroyer Recognition ...
- H.R. 1173: President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Dollar Coin Act
- H.Res. 37: Honoring the life of Richard Arvin Overton.
From Jan 2013 to May 2020, Williams missed 168 of 4,552 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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