Bob Goodlatte

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Bob Goodlatte
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 6
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 22
Chair, 6th District, Virginia Republican Committee
District Aide for Congressman Caldwell Butler
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBates College
J.D.Washington and Lee University
Date of birthSeptember 22, 1952
Place of birthHolyoke, Massachusetts
ReligionChristian Scientist
Office website
Campaign website
Robert William "Bob" Goodlatte (b. September 22, 1952) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Virginia. Goodlatte represents Virginia's 6th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1992. He won re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Goodlatte is a "moderate Republican leader".[1]


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.


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Goodlatte was appointed chair of the Committee on Judiciary in the 113th Congress.[2]


Goodlatte is a member of the following committees:[3]

  • 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


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.[3]

The Congressman also serves as the Republican Ranking Member on the House Task Force on Judicial Impeachment which considers impeachments of federal judges.[4]

Campaign themes

According to Goodlatte's website, his campaign themes include:

  • 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..."[5]



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.[6] [7] Goodlatte vastly outraised Kwiatkowski, and according to a local news source, he "has avoided recognition of his opponent and calls from Kwiatkowski to debate."[8][9]

Goodlatte emphasized his approval from the national Right to Life Committee, National Rifle Association, and National Taxpayers Union.[8]

U.S. House, Virginia District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Andy Schmookler 34.6% 111,949
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 65.2% 211,278
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 666
Total Votes 323,893
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Virginia's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 66.5% 21,808
Karen Kwiatkowski 33.5% 10,991
Total Votes 32,799


On November 2, 2010, Goodlatte won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Jeffrey W. Vanke (Independent), Stuart M. Bain (Libertarian), and the write-in candidates.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 6, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 76.3% 127,487
     Independent Jeffrey W. Vanke 13% 21,649
     Libertarian Stuart M. Bain 9.2% 15,309
     Write-in 1.6% 2,709
Total Votes 167,154

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Goodlatte's reports.[11]

Bob Goodlatte Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$1,030,921.14$238,252.31$(137,385.87)$1,131,787.58
Pre-Primary[13]May 31, 2012$1,131,787.58$161,570.82$(183,760.66)$1,109,597.74
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$1,109,597.74$184,344.71$(284,936.09)$1,009,006.36
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2012$1,011,646.53$236,637.76$(556,261.53)$692,022.76
Pre-General[16]October 25, 2012$692,022.76$70,923.40$(67,178.73)$695,767.43
Post-General[17]December 6, 2012$695,767.43$112,365.53$(248,157.58)$559,975.38
Running totals


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

Goodlatte won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Goodlatte's campaign committee raised a total of $1,006,727 and spent $867,838.[18]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[20]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Goodlatte voted with the Republican Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 142 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[21]

Recent news

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Goodlatte and his wife, Maryellen, have two children.[3]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Robert “Bob” Goodlatte" Accessed April 20, 2012
  2. Politico, "House committee chairs all men," November 28, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 7, 2011
  4. House Judiciary Committee "Task Force on Impeachment Members, 111th Congress
  5. Bob Goodlatte for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 20, 2012
  6. Virginia Board of Elections-2012 Primary Results
  7. WJSV "Karen Kwiatkowski and Andy Schmookler to Debate, Goodlatte Not Attending," June 4, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Roanoke Star "Goodlatte / Kwiatkowski Face Off in Republican Primary," June 9, 2012
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  11. Federal Election Commission "Bob Goodlatte's 2012 Summary reports," Accessed September 20, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, Bob Goodlatte's April Quarterly report," Accessed September 20, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Goodlatte's Pre-Primary report," Accessed December 27, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Goodlatte's July Quarterly report," Accessed September 20, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Goodlatte's October Quarterly report," Accessed October 18, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Goodlatte's Pre-General report," Accessed December 27, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Goodlatte's Post-General report," Accessed December 27, 2012
  18. Open Secrets "Bob Goodlatte 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  19. LegiStorm, "Bob Goodlatte," Accessed September 13, 2012
  20., "Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Olin
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 6
Succeeded by