Louie Gohmert received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and J.D. from Baylor, then went into private practice. He also spent four years in the U.S. Army. He was first elected to public office in 1992, serving as a judge for Texas' 7th judicial district from 1992-2002. In 2003, former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) appointed Gohmert to a stint on the Texas Twelfth District Court of Appeals. He entered Congress on January 4, 2005.