|U.S. House, North Carolina, District 9|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Sue Wilkins Myrick (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$17.01 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|North Carolina Senate|
|High school||McCallum High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas at Austin|
|Date of birth||August 15, 1948|
|Place of birth||Dallas, Texas|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Government affairs
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
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.
Pittenger was born in Texas and 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 Christianity.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Pittenger's professional and political career:
- 2013-present: U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District
- 2003-2008: State Senator for North Carolina
- 1989-present: Owner, Robert Pittenger Co.
- 1970-1985: Assistant to the president, Campus Crusade for Christ
Pittenger served on the following committees:
- Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
- Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second 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 DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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 permitted 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 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 funded 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 called for a stop to a 0.5 percent 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.
Healthcare 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Pittenger joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Pittenger is a Hard-Core Conservative. Pittenger received a score of 20 percent on social issues and 88 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Strongly Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Opposes||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Strongly Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Strongly Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
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 re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014, and ran uncontested in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Robert Pittenger Incumbent||93.9%||163,080|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections|
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Robert Pittenger Incumbent||67.6%||29,505|
|Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections|
Pittenger won his seat 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 one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013. North Carolina was rated eighth 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.
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Pittenger attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
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|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$107,817.25||$140,237.67||$(172,484.62)||$75,570.30|
|Pre-Primary||April 24, 2014||$75,570.30||$49,091.10||$(17,624.73)||$107,036.67|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$107,036.67||$159,651.69||$(183,454.45)||$83,233.91|
|October Quarterly||October 14, 2014||$83,233.91||$106,109.28||$(109,173.11)||$80,170.08|
|Pre-General||October 22, 2014||$80,170.08||$13,800.00||$(18,455.12)||$75,514.96|
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|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
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 higher 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. Between 2011 and 2012, Pittenger's calculated net worth increased by an average of 60 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Robert Pittenger Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||60%|
|Average annual growth:||60%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Pittenger received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.
From 2011-2014, 13.4 percent of Pittenger's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Robert Pittenger Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$92,450|
|% total in top industry||4.98%|
|% total in top two industries||7.31%|
|% total in top five industries||13.4%|
Ideology and leadership
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:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Pittenger missed 46 of 1,120 roll call votes from January 2013 to August 2014. This amounts to 4.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Pittenger ranked 67th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 95.9 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.
Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 111th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Pittenger's mother was a stay-at-home mom of four children, while his father worked as a lawyer and real estate agent. Pittenger and his wife moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1985.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Robert + Pittenger + North Carolina + House
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- 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," accessed November 7, 2012
- Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
- Politico, "North Carolina House Election Results by District," accessed November 6, 2014
- National Journal, "North Carolina, 9th House District: Robert Pittenger (R)," accessed November 6, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "PITTENGER, Robert, (1948 - )," accessed October 9, 2014
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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 Vote Smart, "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
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- On The Issues, "Robert Pittenger Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013 (dead link)
- 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
- Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Robert Pittenger Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Robert Pittenger 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Robert Pittenger (R-NC), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Robert Pittenger," accessed September 29, 2014
- GovTrack, "Robert Pittenger," accessed August 18 2014
- OpenCongress, "Robert Pittenger," accessed August 18 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Sue Wilkins Myrick
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