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.)
- Roy won election in 2018 with just 50.2% of the vote.
- Roy votes in line with President Trump 91.5% of the time.
- Roy owns stock in the company confiscating private land in the Hill Country to build a gas pipeline.
- Roy criticizes the Washington “swamp” and styles himself a proud Texan, but he was born in Maryland, raised in Virginia, and did not move to Texas until he was almost 30 years old.
- Roy does not live in the district he represents.
Since taking office in 2019, Roy has become notorious in the House of Representatives for his disruptive, attention-seeking behavior:
In the midst of a pandemic spike, with inaction rates and deaths soaring, Rep. Chip Roy deserted his district, taking a road trip to visit a series of East Coast tourist destinations. He ignored the health crisis currently engulfing the nation, tweeting instead about “Twitter mobs” threatening statues.
After TX-21 residents reported tan, foamy or mud-colored water coming out of the taps at their homes, pipeline company Kinder Morgan admitted an “underground fluid loss” had occurred during drilling for the controversial Permian Highway Pipeline. Roy owns stock in Kinder Morgan–a fact that may explain his weak and ineffectual response to the contamination of his constituents’ water supply.
Despite clear warnings from health experts around the world, Roy continues to advocate for a “Coronavirus D-Day”— a randomly-chosen date for ending social distancing protocols and “re-starting the economy.” This delusional plan would not help the economy, and would cause many more unnecessary deaths.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across America, Roy took to Twitter to praise Rep. Thomas Massie’s obstruction of the $2 trillion emergency relief bill. Roy used Massie’s grandstanding as an excuse to talk tough and attract media attention, but then did not even bother returning to Washington to vote on the bill.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.”