Off The Campaign Trail: Profile Of Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert was always a leader: class president in middle and high school, at Texas A&M University, and Baylor Law School.

"Often he would push others to the forefront and try to push them into leadership," Kathy, his wife, said. "And they would always turn around and go, no, no, we would really like you to take the lead on this."

Kathy and Louie have been married for 26 years and have three daughters. After much convincing, Louie, a die-hard Aggie, let his two older daughters go to UT-Austin.

Louie loves to write and sing, and has a weakness for Dr. Pepper.

Julie: "What about him made you want to be with him?"

"His character," Kathy said. "I could trust his character. He was going to do, he was going to be the same way no matter what group of people he was going to be around. He's the same guy Saturday night as he is Sunday morning."

Someone else who says he knows that to be true is Ron Wells. He's known Louie for more than 30 years. They met at A&M, where Ron was the campus minister. Louie went to see him after a break-up with a former girlfriend. Now, the Gohmerts and the Wellses both attend Green Acres Baptist Church.

"He loves to tell funny stories," Wells said. "And I had to limit him to how many funny stories he would tell. I said, you only have seven minutes."

Louie's dry humor is more obvious, Kathy says, than his compassion for others, especially for those who have lost a loved one. Louie, himself, lost his mother 13 years ago.

"There are several people that he's just reached out to, young men and women who never would be in college today, if he had not taken the time or taken the day off work to take them to college and drive them himself because they didn't drive."

Both Kathy and Ron say Louie has always stood up for what he believes in, even if it's not the popular side, even if it goes against what his friends believe.

We asked Kathy to name some of her husband's not-so-good traits. She says Louie can get impatient in striving for perfection. And since he talks slowly, it takes him a long time to tell a story.

Julie Tam, reporting.