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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 2020.

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]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 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 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 Jul 19, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

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 (39%) Taxation (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Housing and Community Development (11%) Animals (5%) Energy (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Williams voted Nay

Williams voted Nay

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 No

Passed 388/25 on Feb 27, 2018.

A new bill could become the first law to apply criminal penalties to website owners due to posts of that site’s users — or so ...

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 Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

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 Jul 2019, Williams missed 153 of 4,235 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is 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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