|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 9|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Sue Wilkins Myrick (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$17.01 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|North Carolina Senate|
|High school||McCallum High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas at Austin|
|Birthday||August 15, 1948|
|Place of birth||Dallas, Texas|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Pittenger was first elected to the House in 2012 for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District on November 6, 2012. Pittenger is currently serving his first term. Pittenger's campaign was one of the biggest self-funded campaigns in the country for the 2012 election cycle. By early May, Pittenger had invested about $2.3 million of his own money into his primary campaign.
Prior to his election into the House, Pittenger founded and ran the Robert Pittenger Investment Company.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pittenger is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Born in Texas, his father was a lawyer and real estate agent while his mother stayed at home raising him and his siblings. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. During his work with Campus Crusade for Christ, he traveled around the world to promote their work. In 1985, he and his wife moved to Charlotte to raise their family.
- 1989-present: Owner, Robert Pittenger Co.
- 1970-1985: Assistant to the president, Campus Crusade for Christ
Pittenger serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Pittenger's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Pittenger voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Pittenger did not vote on HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Pittenger voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Pittenger voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Pittenger voted for HR 2775.
Pittenger declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Pittenger voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Pittenger did not vote on House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Pittenger voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Pittenger voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Pittenger's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Pittenger Pledges Conservative Tax Reform
- Excerpt: "I’ll work to free people from their tax burden so they’ll have more money to do what’s best for their families and businesses. Small-business owners create jobs and put people to work, but they can’t do that when they’re weighed down by taxes. Lower taxes encourage business owners to invest and hire more people."
- Pittenger Vows Strong National Security
- Excerpt: "I believe that our military men and women are the best and the brightest. They deserve every military advantage we can give them. As your congressman I will fight to protect our defense budget and to fight for the money that our service men and women need. I will make our security the priority of our government."
- Pittenger Promises Fiscal Responsibility
- Excerpt: "Robert Pittenger, the conservative, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina's 9th District, discovered over $1 billion in wasteful spending when he was a State Senator."
- Pittenger Protects Our 2nd Amendment
- Excerpt: "Although this right is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it is under constant attack by liberals in Washington. That’s why we need strong, conservative leaders like Robert Pittenger to defend our right to keep and bear arms."
Pittenger won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 9th District. Pittenger faced Dan Barry, Andy Dulin, Ken Leonczyk, Jim Pendergraph, Michael Steinberg, Michael Shaffer, Jon Gauthier, Edwin Peacock and Ric Killian in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012. He then defeated Jim Pendergraph in the July 17 primary runoff election. He went on to defeat Jennifer Roberts (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013. North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.
General election results
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2012|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
The primary took place on May 8, 2012.
Comprehensive donor information for Pittenger is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pittenger raised a total of $3,310,422 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Robert Pittenger's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (North Carolina, District 9)||$3,310,422|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,310,422|
|Robert Pittenger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$3,158.41||$108,177.56||$(105,469.20)||$5,866.77|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$5,866.77||$200,526.67||$(100,781.19)||$105,612.25|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$105,612.25||$130,176.63||$(100,756.14)||$135,032.74|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$135,032||$68,167||$(92,383)||$107,817|
Cost per vote
Pittenger spent $17.01 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 9, 2012 - Robert Pittenger Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$599,757|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$599,487|
|Top contributors to Robert Pittenger's campaign committee|
|Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance||$13,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Pittenger missed 7 of 108 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 6.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Pittenger most often votes with:
Pittenger least often votes with:
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pittenger's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $29,927,054 and $79,655,998. That averages to $54,791,526, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Pittenger ranked as the 11th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Robert Pittenger Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Pittenger has voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 111th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Robert + Pittenger + North Carolina + House
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- Cheerwine, chocolates at stake as Congress debates Panthers-49ers - Charlotte Observer
- California, North Carolina congressmen agree to awkwardly video'd bet - Niners Nation
- Ballantyne Festival starts gearing up early - South Charlotte Weekly
- Thousands of new debit cards heading to Charlotte customers after Target breach - Charlotte Observer
- Volunteer firefighters won't be counted toward threshold in health-law mandate - Winston-Salem Journal
- 2014 promises heated election contests in Iredell - Mooresville Tribune
- Hagan agrees to co-sponsor Kilah Davenport bill in Senate - WNCN: News ... - WNCN
- Federal budget includes cut to military pensions - WNCN
- The Herald Weekly 100 - Huntersville Herald
- ANALYSIS: Recalling the political whoppers of 2013 - hays Post
- United States House of Representatives
- United States congressional delegations from North Carolina
- North Carolina's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014
- North Carolina's 9th Congressional District
- Social media:
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
- "Center For Responsive Politics" Open Secrets "Top Self Funders" Accessed June 25, 2013
- National Journal "North Carolina, 9th House District: Robert Pittenger (R)," November 6, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- WCNC.com "Pittenger passes $3 million mark in fundraising" Accessed October 17, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
- Open Secrets "Robert Pittenger" Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Robert Pittenger Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Robert Pittenger July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Robert Pittenger October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Robert Pittenger Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
- Open Secrets "Robert Pittenger 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Robert Pittenger" Accessed April 2013
- OpenCongress, "Robert Pittenger," Accessed August 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org,"Robert Pittenger (R-NC), 2012"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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