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Rob Wittman
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 1
In office
January 3, 2007-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 8
PredecessorJo Ann Davis (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,241,223
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
Board of Supervisors, Westmoreland County, VA
Mayor, Montross, VA
Town council, Montross, VA
Bachelor'sVirginia Polytechnic Institute
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina
Ph.D.Virginia Commonwealth University
Date of birthFebruary 3, 1959
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Net worth$824,513
Office website
Campaign website
Robert J. "Rob" Wittman (b. February 3, 1959, in Washington, D.C.) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 1st Congressional District. Wittman was first elected to Virginia's 1st Congressional District in 2006 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Wittman is currently serving his fourth consecutive term.[1]

Wittman ran for re-election in Virginia's 1st Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014. Wittman defeated public relations specialist Anthony Riedel in the June 10, 2014, primary election.[2]

Prior to his congressional career Wittman was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006-2007.

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


The following is an abbreviated list of Wittman's career:[3]

  • 2007-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2006-2007: Virginia House of Delegates
  • 1996-2005: Board of Supervisors, Westmoreland County, VA
  • 2004-2005: Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Westmoreland County, VA
  • 1992-1996: Mayor, Montross, VA
  • 1986-1996: Town council member, Montross, VA

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Wittman serves on the following committees[4]:


Wittman served on the following House committees[5]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Wittman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "Yes" Wittman 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Wittman voted in support 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Wittman voted in opposition of 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Wittman voted in support 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Wittman voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Wittman voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

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.[16] 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.[17] Wittman voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" 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.[19] 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. Wittman voted for HR 2775.[20]

Wittman said via Twitter that he would "donate my salary to charity for every day the government is shut down."[21]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Wittman supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[22] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Wittman supported 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Wittman supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Wittman supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Wittman 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]

Campaign themes


According to Wittman's website, his campaign themes included:[29]

  • Economy: "We need to prioritize spending and expose the waste, fraud and abuse in Washington. It is time to return to the conservative principle of controlling spending..."
  • Healthcare: "I believe we need to increase health care affordability, accessibility, and portability for all Americans."
  • Education: "I recognize the importance of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs to our Nation’s economy and believe it is vital that our schools focus on these areas."



See also: Virginia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Wittman ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 1st District. Wittman easily defeated Anthony Riedel in the June 10, 2014, Republican primary.[2]The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Virginia District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRob Wittman Incumbent 76.5% 13,414
Anthony Riedel 23.5% 4,128
Total Votes 17,542
Source: Results via Associated Press


See also: Virginia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Wittman won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Adam Cook (D) and Gail Parker (I) in the November general election.[30][31]

U.S. House, Virginia District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Adam Cook 41.2% 147,036
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert J. Wittman Incumbent 56.3% 200,845
     Independent Gail Parker 2.3% 8,308
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 617
Total Votes 356,806
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wittman is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Wittman raised a total of $3,241,223 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[35]

Rob Wittman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 1) Won $950,387
2010 US House (Virginia, District 1) Won $1,292,243
2008 US House (Virginia, District 1) Won $998,593
Grand Total Raised $3,241,223


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


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

Wittman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Wittman's campaign committee raised a total of $950,387 and spent $764,995.[42]

Cost per vote

Wittman spent $3.81 per vote received in 2012.


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

Wittman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Wittman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,292,243 and spent $971,827.[43]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Wittman is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 1, 2013.[44]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Wittman missed 54 of 4,068 roll call votes from December 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[45]

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.[46]

Wittman most often votes with:

Wittman least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Wittman paid his congressional staff a total of $960,075 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.[47]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Wittman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $7,029 to $1,641,997. That averages to $824,513, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Wittman ranked as the 227th most wealthy representative in 2012.[48]

Rob Wittman Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:586%
Average annual growth:117%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
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.

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. Wittman was 1 of 2 members who ranked 112th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[51]


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. Wittman was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 156th in the conservative rankings.[52]

Voting with party

July 2013

Wittman voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 26th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[53]


Wittman and his wife, Kathryn, have two children.[54]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Virginia - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Wittman," accessed December 30, 2013
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," accessed November 5, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wittman's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  22. Vote Smart, "Wittman on agriculture," accessed October 14, 2013
  23. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wittman's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Wittman's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Wittman on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  29. Wittman for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 19, 2012
  30. Fredericksburg Freelance-Star, "Wittman re-election bid to make stop in Stafford," May 18, 2012
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Virginia State Board of Elections, "December 11, 2007 Special Election Official Results," accessed May 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Robert Wittman," accessed April 4, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Wittman 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Wittman Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Rob Wittman 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 5, 2011
  44. GovTrack, "Wittman," accessed July 1, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Robert J. Wittman," accessed April 10, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert J. Wittman," accessed August 8, 2013
  47. LegiStorm, "Rob Wittman," accessed September 13, 2012
  48. OpenSecrets, "Wittman, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. 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.
  51. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. Official House website, "About Rob," accessed November 5, 2011
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Preceded by
Jo Ann Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 1st District
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