John Roger Williams is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Texas's 25th congressional district since 2013. Previously, he served under Governor Rick Perry as Secretary of State of Texas from November 2004 to July 1, 2007.Early life, education, and business careerWilliams was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1949 and reared in Fort Worth. He was a star baseball player for Texas Christian University (TCU) from 1968 to 1971 and attempted to play professionally with the Atlanta Braves farm team. He returned to Texas to coach TCU's baseball team before he embarked on a career in business and public affairs. Williams joined his father in a family automobile dealership founded in 1939.Early political activism (1994–2004)He served as Regional Finance Chairman for Governor George W. Bush in his 1994 and 1998 elections. He became North Texas Chairman for the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign, North Texas Finance Chairman in 2004, and National Grassroots Fundraising Chairman for the 2004 campaign. Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be Chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee’s Eagles Program.