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Rob Woodall
Rob Woodall.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 7
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
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)
Date of birthFebruary 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 ran 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 took 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, Georgia. 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]



Legislative actions

113th Congress

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

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."[11]

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.[12]

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.[12]

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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


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.[12]


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.[14] 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.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Woodall 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.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] 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. Woodall voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[17]

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.[20] 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.[21] Woodall voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24]


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.[12]


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.[12]

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.[12]

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.[12]

House vote on abortion ban

Nay3.png 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[25][26] 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.[27] 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.[26][28]

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.[29]



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

Woodall ran 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 took 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.[30]

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.[32]

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.[33]


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.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

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 .[43]


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.[44]

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.[45]

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.[46]

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.[47]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[48]

Rob Woodall Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:47%
Average annual growth:16%[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

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.[51]


Woodall ranked 188th in the conservative rankings.[52]

Voting with party


Rob Woodall voted with the Republican Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 168th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[53]


Woodall resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and is not married.[54]

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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. CQ.com, "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 Alive.com, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Vote Smart, "Rob Woodall Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  27. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  28. Examiner, "Two Georgia Republicans voted against abortion ban (Video)," accessed June 20, 2013
  29. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  30. Georgia Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Rob Woodall," accessed April 5, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Woodall 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Rob Woodall 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Rob Woodall 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011
  44. GovTrack, "Woodall," accessed June 13, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Rep. Rob Woodall," accessed August 1, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Rob Woodall," accessed March 29, 2013
  47. LegiStorm, "Rob Woodall," accessed 2012
  48. OpenSecrets, "Woodall, (R-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 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," accessed February 27, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. Congress, "Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA 7th District)," accessed October 25, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John Linder
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia's District 7
Succeeded by