The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 83 of 93


Rep.-elect Roger Williams (D-Texas-25)

Date of birth: 1949

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Residence: Weatherford, Texas

Occupation: Businessman

Education: B.A., Texas Christian University

Previous offices held: Texas Secretary of State, 2005-2007

Family: Wife, Patty; two children

Republican Roger Williams ran against President Obama more than Democratic opponent Elaine Henderson, and the strategy paid off on Election Day.

Williams won by saying he wouldn’t let Obama change the United State into a nation “of takers” rather than “makers” and was critical of the president’s tax plan and healthcare law.

He had considered running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) but decided to run for the House instead.

Williams has done his part for Texas Republicans. He was a major advocate and campaigner for former President George W. Bush and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

He also serves on the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors in a state where football is a way of life.

In college, Williams played baseball for Texas Christian University and tried to play professionally for the Atlanta Braves. When that didn’t work out, he joined his father in a family car dealership.


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