Chip Roy

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Chip Roy
Chip Roy, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 21st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byLamar Smith
Personal details
Charles Eugene Roy

(1972-08-07) August 7, 1972 (age 46)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carrah Roy
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BS, MS)
University of Texas at Austin (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Charles Eugene "Chip" Roy (born August 7, 1972)[1] is an American attorney, political aide, and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Roy was born in Bethesda, Maryland,[2] and raised in Lovettsville, Virginia. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Virginia and spent three years as an investment banking analyst. He earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Texas School of Law, and worked for then-Texas attorney general John Cornyn. Roy also worked on Cornyn's 2002 campaign for the United States Senate. When Cornyn was elected, Roy joined his staff on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. He returned to Texas as a prosecutor in the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.[3]

Roy joined the administration of Texas governor Rick Perry as director of the Office of State-Federal Relations.[2][3] Roy was the ghostwriter of Perry's 2010 book Fed Up! and worked for Perry's 2012 presidential campaign.[2] Ted Cruz chose Roy as his chief of staff after his election to the Senate in 2012.[4][5] After Ken Paxton was elected Attorney General of Texas in 2014, Roy became first assistant attorney general.[3] In 2016, Roy left the office of the attorney general to head the Trusted Leadership PAC, which was supporting Cruz's presidential campaign.[3][6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In the 2018 elections, Roy ran for the United States House of Representatives in Texas's 21st congressional district to succeed Lamar Smith, who did not run for reelection. Roy defeated Matt McCall in the Republican Party primary election, and faced Joseph Kopser in the general election.[7] Roy defeated Kopser 50%–48% in a closer-than-expected victory.[8]

In May 2019 Roy prevented passage of a request for unanimous consent for a $19.1 billion disaster aid package. With President Trump's support, the bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and needed passage in the House to be presented to Trump for a signature to become law. Roy received bipartisan criticism for his objection.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Roy met his wife, Carrah, at the University of Texas. They have two children. Roy was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011.[3]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c Asher Price (April 1, 2016). "Chip Roy, conservative, runs in shadow of Cruz - News - Austin American-Statesman - Austin, TX". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Chasnoff, Brian (May 13, 2018). "Chip Roy's plan to get Washington out of the way includes going there himself". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ted Cruz picks chief of staff: Chip Roy, chief ghostwriter on Rick Perry's anti-Washington tome Fed Up! | Politics". Dallas News. November 28, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Patrick Svitek (December 6, 2017). "Chip Roy, former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, is running for Congress". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Top Paxton aide becomes executive director of pro-Cruz super PAC | Politics". Dallas News. March 10, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Asher Price (September 22, 2018). "Joseph Kopser to face Chip Roy in 21st Congressional District matchup - News - Austin American-Statesman - Austin, TX". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Lanmon, Lauren (November 7, 2018). "Chip Roy defeats Joseph Kopser for House District 21 race". KXAN. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "$19.1 billion in nationwide disaster aid stalls after single House Republican objects". The Washington Post. May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Disaster relief bill stuck in the House following GOP lawmaker's objection". CNN. May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lamar Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 21st congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Harley Rouda
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Kim Schrier