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Rob Woodall
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 7
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJohn Linder (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.57 in 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$782,031
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMarist High School (1988)
Bachelor'sFurman University
J.D.University of Georgia. (1998)
BirthdayFebruary 11, 1970
Place of birthAthens, Georgia
Net worth$215,003
Office website
Campaign website
William Robert Woodall III (b. February 11, 1970, in Athens, Georgia) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Woodall was elected by voters from Georgia's 7th Congressional District.

Woodall was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1] He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010.[2]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Woodall is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Woodall was born in Athens, GA. He attended both public and private grade schools and graduated from Marist High School in 1988. He attended Furman University followed by law school at the University of Georgia. While attending law school, he spent summers working in a Washington, D.C. law firm. He dropped out of law school after the summer of 1994 to work for representative John Linder. He later finished law school in 1998.[4]


  • Woodall began his political career in Congressman John Linder’s office
    • He began as a Legislative Correspondent, was soon promoted to Legislative Assistant, then Legislative Director, and in 2000 Rob was named Chief of Staff.[2]
    • He said his experience was not detrimental to his campaign. It helped him solidify his campaign platform and proved he was dedicated to his district. He added, voters can tell when a candidate is authentic.[5]
  • 2011-Present: United States House of Representatives, Georgia's 7th Congressional District

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Woodall serves on the following committees:[6][7]


Key votes

113th Congress

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.[9] For more information pertaining to Woodall's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Woodall voted in favor of 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 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Woodall voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Woodall voted in favor of 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Voted "Yes" Woodall voted in support of 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.[11]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Woodall voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Woodall voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[19] 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.[20] Woodall voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "No" 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 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.[22] 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. Woodall voted against HR 2775.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Woodall voted in favor of 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.[11]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Woodall voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Woodall voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Woodall voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

House vote on abortion ban

Voted "No" On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on late-term abortions, or abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy[24][25] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic as the Senate is not expected to take up the bill and the White House has threatened to veto the legislation.[26] Woodall was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban. Reps. Woodall and Broun were opposed because they felt the bill did not go far enough and left exceptions to the ban.[25][27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Woodall voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[28]


On The Issues Vote Match

Rob Woodall's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Woodall is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Woodall received a score of 32 percent on personal issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities 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 Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[29]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Woodall released a statement regarding the situation in Syria on September 1, 2013. In it he said: "Our Founding Fathers provided the President with the power as Commander-in-Chief to use our Armed Forces in the event of attacks against the United States and its interests. Sometimes when those attacks have occurred an immediate response by a President is required. Such is not the case with Syria. In Syria, the President created a "red line" and threatened action if it was crossed, and in doing so he backed America and himself into a corner. Now that we are in that corner, but with no immediate new threat to the American homeland, the President must not act alone. He should come to Congress immediately, not behind closed doors but in a special session for all Americans to see, and he must make his case for the involvement of American forces in Syria's civil war.

I joined a group of my colleagues in the House this week in sending a letter to the President expressing our commitment to have Congress reconvene immediately, should he feel military action is necessary, so that the voice of the American people can be heard on this issue. With the facts that I know now, I do not support an American attack on Syria, but if an attack is what the President wants, I welcome him to come to Capitol Hill and make his case to Congress and all of America."[30]


End free mail

In June 2014, Woodall announced a proposal, HR 4872, that would do away with franking, a taxpayer-funded mail for members of Congress. Franked mail can be anything from letters responding to constituent questions, to pamphlets touting a member of congress’ views on things like immigration.[31] Congress spent more than $7 million on franked mail on 2013, but more than triple that in 2012 – an election year.[31]

“In the name of restoring some public trust, in the name of making sure the same rules apply to everybody, it’s time to abolish the frank and treat congress just like everybody else,” Woodall said.[31]

Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined with Woodall to sponsor the bill.[32]

“The Franking privilege is a relic of the past, and it’s time for Congress to play by the same rules as the families and businesses it represents. The Post Office doesn't accept ‘IOUs’ from the American people, and it shouldn’t accept ‘IOUs’ from Congress either. This commonsense, bipartisan bill is a small but important step toward rebuilding trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington,” Woodall added.[32]



See also: Georgia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Woodall is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Georgia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Woodall ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 7th District. The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, with the primary on July 31, 2012. He won the Republican primary and defeated Steve Reilly (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]

U.S. House, Georgia District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Woodall Incumbent 62.2% 156,689
     Democratic Steve Reilly 37.8% 95,377
Total Votes 252,066
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRob Woodall Incumbent 71.8% 45,157
David Hancock 28.2% 17,730
Total Votes 62,887

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Woodall is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Woodall raised a total of $782,031 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[35]

Rob Woodall's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 7) Won $382,945
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 7) Won $399,086
Grand Total Raised $782,031


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Woodall's reports.[36]

Rob Woodall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 14, 2013$55,741.05$50,830.00$(64,535.30)$42,035.75
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$42,035.75$14,475.00$(40,572.00)$15,938.75
October Quarterly[39]October 13, 2013$15,938.75$16,225.00$(21,004.82)$11,158.93
Year-end[40]January 31, 2014$11,158$79,760$(18,389)$72,529
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$72,529$50,247$(37,733)$85,043
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Woodall's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Woodall won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Woodall's campaign committee raised a total of $382,945 and spent $402,489.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Woodall spent $2.57 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Woodall's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Woodall won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Woodall's campaign committee raised a total of $399,086 and spent $323,801 .[44]

U.S. House, Georgia District 7, 2010 - Rob Woodall Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $399,086
Total Spent $323,801
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $399,086
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $81,220
Top contributors to Rob Woodall's campaign committee
Credit Union National Assn$15,000
Southern Co$10,707
American Dental Assn$10,500
Vision for Tomorrow Fund$10,000
Stephens Rock & Dirt$8,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$37,500
Leadership PACs$35,500
Real Estate$19,525
Electric Utilities$16,207

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
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 personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Woodall's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $105,006 and $325,000. That averages to $215,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Woodall ranked as the 343rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2009 and 2012, Ross's calculated net worth[46] increased by an average of 16 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Rob Woodall Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:47%
Average annual growth:16%[48]
Comparatively, the average citizen experienced a yearly decline in net worth of 0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership, and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Woodall is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 13, 2013.[50]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[51]

Woodall most often votes with:

Woodall least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Woodall missed 14 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.8%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[52]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Woodall paid his congressional staff a total of $741,305 in 2011. He ranks 20th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 22nd overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

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.


Woodall ranked 172nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[54]


Woodall ranked 188th in the conservative rankings.[55]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Rob Woodall has voted with the Republican Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 168th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]


Woodall resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and is not married.[57]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rob Woodall for Congress, "Meet Rob," accessed October 25, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary election results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. Rob Woodall for Congress, "Meet Rob," accessed October 25, 2011
  5. Roll Call, “Hill Experience Could Help Staffers Win Seats,” accessed November 28, 2011
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Congressman Rob Woodall, "Committees and Caucauses," accessed October 25, 2011
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Vote Smart, "Rob Woodall Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  26. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  27. Examiner, "Two Georgia Republicans voted against abortion ban (Video)," accessed June 20, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 On The Issues, "Rob Woodall Vote Match," accessed June 24, 2014
  30. 11, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 WSB TV, "Ga. rep proposes ending free mail for Congress," accessed June 24, 2014
  32. 32.0 32.1 ENews PF, "Reps. Woodall and Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Congressional Perk ," accessed June 24, 2014
  33. Georgia Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Rob Woodall," accessed April 5, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Woodall 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Rob Woodall 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Rob Woodall 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011
  45. OpenSecrets, "Woodall, (R-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. This figure represents the total 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).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. 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.
  50. GovTrack, "Woodall," accessed June 13, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Rob Woodall," accessed August 1, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Rob Woodall," accessed March 29, 2013
  53. LegiStorm, "Rob Woodall," accessed 2012
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  55. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  57. Congress, "Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA 7th District)," accessed October 25, 2011
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Preceded by
John Linder
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia's District 7
Succeeded by