Last updated on: 5/11/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Louie Gohmert, JD Biography

Title:
United States House Representative (R-TX)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“[A]lthough right now ‘sexual orientation’ may be said by some to include only heterosexual and homosexual preferences, someday some judges will begin to say that ‘sexual orientation’ means exactly what it says. It means whatever you are oriented toward sexually cannot be held against you. So, if you are oriented sexually toward children, or toward animals, or corpses, or shoes, or whatever, that’s ok… Every potential victim deserves protection. Every victim deserves help. Who one sleeps with should not be a reason to give that person heightened protection over any other victim.”

“Hate Crimes Bill Infringes First Amendment Rights,” Human Events.com, Apr. 27, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States House Representative (R-TX), 2003-present
  • Member, Committee on the Judiciary
  • Member, Committee on Natural Resources
  • Member, Committee on Small Business
  • Teacher, Sunday School, Green Acre Baptist Church, Tyler, TX
  • Former Deacon, Green Acre Baptist Church, Tyler, TX
  • Judge, 12th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2002-2003
  • Judge, 7th District Court, Smith County, TX, 1992-2002
  • Active Duty Membership, Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Fort Benning, GA, US Army, 1978-1982
  • Former Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Education:
  • JD, Baylor University, 1977
  • BA, Texas A&M University, 1975
  • HS diploma, Mount Pleasant High School, 1971
Other:
  • None Found