Path to Power
A lifelong native of northeast Texas, Gohmert was born in 1953 in the town of Pittsburg before spending his childhood in Mount Pleasant.
Gohmert says his political career began as a leader in the student body at his junior high school. He would eventually attend Baylor School of Law, after a stint at Texas A&M University on an Army scholarship. He would be class president at both schools.
Gohmert is a mainstream conservative who has focused on law-and-order issues on the House Judiciary Committee. In 2005, the House passed his bill to strenghten security in federal courthouses, including banning weapons there. During the 111th Congress, Gohmert voted with House Republicans 92 percent of the time.
After a 2007 House debate in which Gohmert argued against granting Washington, D.C. full congressional representation on grounds that it was "the only city ... that every senator and every member of Congress has a vested interest in seeing that it works properly, that water works, sewer works," some of the city's residents protested by calling his office with service requests such as fixing potholes, repairing street lights and improving trash pickup.
Gohmert is an inaugural member of the House Tea Party Caucus, founded by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in 2010.
Gohmert sits on the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas).