Who Is Chip Roy?

Charles Eugene “Chip” Roy is the current U.S. Representative (Republican) for Texas’s 21st Congressional District, encompassing portions of Austin, San Antonio, and the Hill Country. (Do you live in Roy’s district? Click here to find out.)

Since taking office in 2019, Roy has become notorious in the House of Representatives for his disruptive, attention-seeking behavior:

January 3, 2020: Chip Roy Flip-flops on Congressional Oversight of U.S. Warfare

Mere months after calling for more Congressional oversight of America’s involvement in the Middle East, Roy reversed his stance, flattering President Trump for assassinating an Iranian general without notifying Congress. Once again, Roy tries to have it both ways, posing as a defender of the Constitution while cheering on illegal behavior in the Oval Office.

November 22, 2019: Chip Roy Rejects U.S. Intelligence Community, Embraces Russian Disinformation 

Despite unanimous agreement among America’s national security experts that stories of Ukrainian election-meddling are “a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services,” Roy has fully embraced the Russian conspiracy theories. He continues to repeat and spread them even though the U.S. intelligence community has warned Congress that doing so advances Russia’s attacks on our democracy.

Chip Roy Rants about “Cartels” During Oversight Committee Hearing on White House Emails, Storms out of Room

In a July 2019 House Oversight Committee hearing, Roy became agitated during discussion of subpoenas for White House staff who were suspected of violating federal record-keeping laws. He launched into a bizarre rant about drug cartels on the Mexican border, then stormed out of the hearing.

Chip Roy Defends Big Pharma Profiteering in “Red-faced Meltdown”

At a May 2019 House Oversight Committee hearing, Roy declared himself “offended” by questions about the high price of HIV prevention drugs, calling them “an attack [on] the capitalistic system.” Roy said he was “really glad” about the drugmakers’ obscene profits–“And I hope they make a lot more!”

Chip Roy Delays Disaster Aid to Texans

Also in May 2019, Roy used a procedural rule to block passage of a bipartisan bill designed to help victims of wildfires and storms. Roy gave conflicting reasons for his actions, which earned him intense media coverage.

Chip Roy Rejects the Violence Against Women Act

In April 2019, Roy angrily denounced, and voted against, the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). He claimed that a provision to close the “boyfriend loophole” by preventing convicted domestic abusers from owning firearms would “violate our god-given rights.”