Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) easily won re-election to his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. He defeated Democratic challenger Shirley McKellar for the fourth time.
Gohmert was elected back in 2004 defeating Democratic incumbent Max Sandlin. He is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. For the last two years, he has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Gohmert graduated from Texas A&M in 1975 and then from Baylor Law School two years later. In 1978, he enlisted in the Army and was discharged in 1985. He then entered into private law practice.
In 1992, he was elected to be a Smith County District Judge, where he served for ten years. In 2002, he was appointed by then-Governor Rick Perry to be the Chief Justice on the 12th District Court. He gave up this post when he was elected to Congress in the 2004 election.
McKellar lost tonight for the fourth straight time to Gohmert.
After her loss in 2016, she said “I’m going to keep fighting, I have to because as I said, when I see and hear what the people of East Texas are saying to me, I must keep fighting so that they’ll have the voice in Washington D.C. that they so richly deserve.”
McKellar attendted Texas Women’s University and recieved a degree in Chemistry and then received a Ph.D. in nursing management Columbus College of Public Health & Administration. She is currently the founder and CEO of McKellar-McKellar-Ntaka and Associates, a nonprofit.