Jim Ross Lightfoot

James R. Lightfoot, Lightfoot Strategies served in Congress six terms, starting in 1985 and retiring in 1997. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal and General Government (TPS) of Appropriations, he had jurisdiction over 40% of Federal Law Enforcement (Customs, Secret Service, ATF, FLETC, and IRS enforcement).

Most Recent Articles by Jim Ross Lightfoot:

I Have a Question

Mar 5, 2019 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

I Have a QuestionLet’s assume you are having coffee with some of your favorite buddies down at the corner café. In the course of conversation one of your friends says, “America is the source of most of the world’s ills: political, economic, and environmental.”

Whoa! What did he say? Yes, you heard it right, “America is the source of most of the world’s ills: political, economic, and environmental.”

Surely not this America that freed Europe from the tyranny of Hitler, that has pulled poor nations out of poverty around the world on a regular basis, that has invented more items to make the world safer, cleaner and easier to live in than any other country in the History of the World.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Feb 15, 2019 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

Where Do We Go From Here?As a retired Member of Congress (1985-97), my heart breaks for what we are leaving our kids and grandchildren. We have failed to keep our country together. 

We have been shamed into letting happen what has taken place with our culture for fear of offending someone, either personally or as a group.

Politicians that have sought power and position rather than stand up for the country they are supposed to protect, hunt for votes and use our tax money, break the law and invite people to come here illegally to build their voter base. 

It is a sorry time in our history. I will be considered some kind of nut job for blowing the horn on this invasion of our Constitution and way of life. However, what we really need are more nut jobs to sound the horn!


Aug 3, 2017 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

An article by Gregg Zoroya, “USA TODAY” highlights an issue our country is facing that needs attention and, as possible, correction. Too many people in our military are victims of suicide.

A small portion of what Mr. Zoroya wrote:

“The number of suicides among troops was 145 in 2001 and began a steady increase until more than doubling to 321 in 2012, the worst year in recent history for service members killing themselves.

The suicide rate for the Army that year was nearly 30 suicides per 100,000 soldiers, well above the national rate of 12.5 per 100,000 for 2012.”

Plagiarism dust up at RNC

Jul 20, 2016 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

I’m sure you are aware of the hours and hours that the networks have dedicated to making a huge fuss over Mrs. Trump’s speech last night. Caroline Hicks, with KETK in Tyler came over for an interview this morning based on an email I posted on Facebook. Here is the email:

An email I sent to all the so-called major news outlets.Probably won’t get any attention, but I had to say it after all the sanctimonious garbage over Mrs. Trump’s speech last night.


May 10, 2016 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

Eulogy: We gather here today to lay to rest a dear, dear friend. A friend that took us through wars, natural disasters, terrible economic times and used these tests of our will and strength to build us into the most marvelous country on the face of the

We say good bye today to a friend we could trust, someone we didn’t always agree with, nevertheless someone we could count on to always keep America first. Someone that would listen to us and respond accordingly. Virtue, work, responsibility for our own destiny and taking care of neighbors truly in need were hallmarks of the movement.

Obama, Master Deceiver

Oct 10, 2013 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

I have been out of the news circle for a few weeks and was relaxing today when they cut into TV with Obama’s news conference.

Personal letter to Congressman McCotter

Dec 6, 2011 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

December 5, 2011

Hon. Thaddeus McCotter
2243 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Congressman McCotter:

I am writing to you as a private citizen and a resident of Texas. My background includes being a police office, broadcaster, business owner and Member of Congress.

If they find my body floating face down

Nov 27, 2011 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

As a brief history, some of you will remember the FBI siege of the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas, April 19, 1993. After the flames died down, a good and honorable man, Steve Higgins, then Director of ATF, was scapegoated by the press and the Congress. Mr. Higgins stepped down as Director. His staff had lied and misled him regarding the actions on the ground at Waco.

ATF and DOJ Break the Law

Nov 27, 2011 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

Following a widely watched hearing conducted by the US House Government Oversight Committee July 25, 2011, William G. McMahon, (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)‘s deputy director of operations in the West, William D. Newell Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the agency’s Phoenix office and David Voth, field supervisor who oversaw Operation Fast and Furious that allowed over 2,000 rifles to walk into the arms of Mexican Drug Cartels, were whisked away to the safety of ATF Headquarters fortress on New York Avenue in Washington, DC.

Indict Holder

Nov 19, 2011 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

Northwest of Nogales, AZ Peck Canyon is a hotbed for illegal drugs and a battleground between illegals coming from Mexico fighting amongst themselves and the US Border Patrol.  At 11:15 PM the night of December 14, 2010 the Border Patrol is watching a “rip crew”, (illegals that prey on other illegals moving drugs into the US). The illegal rip crew was in a position to ambush anyone coming up the canyon.

It’s a Culture Thing

Oct 20, 2011 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

As the US House Oversight Committee continues its investigation into the disastrous “Fast and Furious” operation authorized under the umbrella of the Department of Justice (DOJ) most rank and file Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents are hoping that major steps will be taken to root out the incompetent supervisors that saw fit to pursue such a misguided and illegal operation.

Law Fixes Fast and Furious?

Oct 19, 2011 — Jim Ross Lightfoot

The US Senate, on a vote of 99-0, passed an amendment on Tuesday October 18, 2011 offered by Senator John Cornyn that is supposed to “fix” operation “Fast and Furious” as well as prevent anything like it from happening in the future.