Louie Gohmert's file:

Republican from Texas

Louie Gohmert, a U.S. House member since 2005, is a former chief justice of the Texas 12th Court of Appeals and Smith County state district judge. He lives in Tyler.

Recent statements involving Louie Gohmert

"Forty years ago, hardly anybody in the country had health insurance."

"We went from $160 billion deficit spending in (President George W.) Bush's last year to $1.6 trillion the following year."

Louie Gohmert of Texas "compared the current general-in-charge in Egypt to George Washington."

Louie Gohmert of Texas "blamed the mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado on ‘the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.'"

Says a Justice Department memo "directs that you must openly embrace gay marriage and homosexuality."

Recent stories featuring Louie Gohmert

Listen: Did Americans lack health coverage 40 years ago?:

We talked with KUT, 90.5 FM, about Louie Gohmert's claim about Americans lacking health coverage 40 years ago. Click the orange button to the right to listen.

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Al Qaeda camps with Mexican cartels? That's speculation, not fact:

Louie Gohmert said on C-SPAN that al Qaeda has camps south of the Rio Grande. That's speculative, we find.

Bulb claims by the dozen:

Texas U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess says you won’t be able to buy traditional 100-watt light bulbs next year. That claim drew our inaugural rating of Mostly False, which this week replaced Barely True on the Truth-O-Meter.

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