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|U.S. House, Virginia, District 6|
|January 3, 1993-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||21|
|Predecessor||James R. Olin (D)|
|Chair, 6th District, Virginia Republican Committee|
|District Aide for Congressman Caldwell Butler|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 3, 1992|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||Washington and Lee University|
|Birthday||September 22, 1952|
|Place of birth||Holyoke, Massachusetts|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 3.2 Campaign themes
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Prior to being elected to the House Goodlatte was a chair in the 6th distrcit of Virginia's Republican Committee.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Goodlatte is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
After earning his bachelor's from Bates College and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University, Goodlatte became an aide to U.S. Rep. M. Caldwell Butler (Virginia). He also went into private practice as a lawyer.
- 1993-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia's 6th congressional district
- 1983-1988: Chair, 6th District, Virginia Republican Committee
- 1977-1979: District Aide for Congressman Caldwell Butler
Goodlatte serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Agriculture Vice Chair
- Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
- Judiciary Committee Chair
Goodlatte was a member of the following committees:
- Judiciary Committee
- Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Chair
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
- Agriculture Committee Vice Chair
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Goodlatte's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Goodlatte 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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Goodlatte voted in support of 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 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Goodlatte voted in opposition to 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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Goodlatte voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.
Previous congressional sessions
Goodlatte 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.
House Judiciary Committee
Congressman Goodlatte has served on the House Judiciary Committee since he was first sworn into Congress in January of 1993. Goodlatte was elected Vice Ranking Member in 2009. Goodlatte serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts and Competition Policy and Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
The Congressman also serves as the Republican Ranking Member on the House Task Force on Judicial Impeachment which considers impeachments of federal judges.
According to Goodlatte's website, his campaign themes included:
- Budget: "Unfortunately, there are too many people in Washington more concerned about spending our money than paying attention to the bottom line."
- National security: "We must also work to take control of our national borders as they are our first line of defense."
- Immigration: "We must strengthen the fight against illegal immigration at our borders. We must move quickly to secure our southern border by increasing border patrols..."
Goodlatte won re-election in 2012. He defeated Karen Kwiatkowski in the June 12 Republican primary and Andy Schmookler (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.  Goodlatte vastly outraised Kwiatkowski, and according to a local news source, he "has avoided recognition of his opponent and calls from Kwiatkowski to debate."
Goodlatte emphasized his approval from the national Right to Life Committee, National Rifle Association, and National Taxpayers Union.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Bob Goodlatte Incumbent||65.2%||211,278|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Virginia's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Bob Goodlatte Incumbent||66.5%||21,808|
Comprehensive donor information for Goodlatte is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Goodlatte raised a total of $7,631,880 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.
|Bob Goodlatte's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Virginia, District 6)||$1,606,587|
|2010||US House (Virginia, District 6)||$1,006,727|
|2008||US House (Virginia, District 6)||$1,407,767|
|2006||US House (Virginia, District 6)||$1,212,609|
|2004||US House (Virginia, District 6)||$1,022,701|
|2002||US House (Virginia, District 6)||$689,239|
|2000||US House (Virginia, District 6)||$686,250|
|Grand Total Raised||$7,631,880|
|Bob Goodlatte (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$513,735.00||$306,723.87||$(138,876.06)||$681,582.81|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$681,582.81||$316,386.17||$(103,175.16)||$894,793.82|
Goodlatte won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Goodlatte's campaign committee raised a total of $2,320,569 and spent $1,888,067.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 6th District, 2012 - Bob Goodlatte Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$164,554|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$166,536|
|Top contributors to Bob Goodlatte's campaign committee|
|National Amusements Inc||$14,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Food Processing & Sales||$52,066|
Cost per vote
Goodlatte spent $8.94 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 6th District, 2010 - Bob Goodlatte Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$11,498|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$11,282|
|Top contributors to Bob Goodlatte's campaign committee|
|American Bankers Assn||$10,000|
|National Beer Wholesalers Assn||$10,000|
|Ernst & Young||$8,500|
|Farm Credit Council||$8,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$42,690|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$35,500|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Goodlatte missed 91 of 13,527 roll call votes from January 1993 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.
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.
Goodlatte most often votes with:
Goodlatte least often votes with:
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Goodlatte paid his congressional staff a total of $974,888 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Goodlatte's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,234,042 and $3,036,000. That averages to $2,135,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 13.29% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Goodlatte's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,087,045 to $2,682,000. That averages to $1,884,522.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.
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. Goodlatte was 1 of 3 members who ranked 98th in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- 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. Goodlatte was 1 of 4 members of congress who ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings.
Voting with party
Goodlatte voted with the Republican Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 138 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Bob + Goodlatte + Virginia + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
Goodlatte and his wife, Maryellen, have two children.
- Social media:
- Political profiles:
- Financial (federal level):
- Interest group ratings:
- Issue positions:
- Public statements:
- Voting record:
- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 7, 2011
- 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, "Representative Goodlatte's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- House Judiciary Committee "Task Force on Impeachment Members, 111th Congress
- Bob Goodlatte for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 20, 2012
- Virginia Board of Elections-2012 Primary Results
- WJSV "Karen Kwiatkowski and Andy Schmookler to Debate, Goodlatte Not Attending," June 4, 2012
- The Roanoke Star "Goodlatte / Kwiatkowski Face Off in Republican Primary," June 9, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Bob Goodlatte," Accessed April 4, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Bob Goodlatte Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Bob Goodlatte April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Bob Goodlatte July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Goodlatte Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
- Open Secrets "Bob Goodlatte 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
- Gov Track "Robert “Bob” Goodlatte" Accessed July 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Bob Goodlatte," Accessed April 11, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Bob Goodlatte," accessed August 8, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Bob Goodlatte," Accessed September 13, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Goodlatte (R-VA), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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