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|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Assumed office = 1997
 
|Assumed office = 1997
|Political party = Republican  
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|Political party = Republican
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|Predecessor = Tom Bevill (D)
 
|Office website = http://Aderholt.house.gov/
 
|Office website = http://Aderholt.house.gov/
 
|Campaign website = http://www.robertaderholtforcongress.com/about/
 
|Campaign website = http://www.robertaderholtforcongress.com/about/
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|Term limits = N/A
 
|Term limits = N/A
 
|Next election = [[Alabama's 4th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Next election = [[Alabama's 4th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $ = 6560953
 
|Prior office =  
 
|Prior office =  
 
|Prior office years =  
 
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|Birthday = July 22, 1965
 
|Birthday = July 22, 1965
 
|Place of birth = Haleyville, AL
 
|Place of birth = Haleyville, AL
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|Net worth = $3,161,009
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Religion = Congregationalist Baptist
 
|Religion = Congregationalist Baptist
 
|Personal website =  
 
|Personal website =  
}}{{tnr}}'''Robert Aderholt''' (b. July 22, 1965) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Alabama]]'s 4th congressional district.  Aderholt was first elected to the House in 1996.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Robert Aderholt''' (b. July 22, 1965 in Haleyville, Alabama) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Alabama]]'s [[Alabama's 4th congressional district|4th congressional district]].  Aderholt was first elected to the House in 1996.  
  
Aderholt ran for re-election in [[Alabama's 4th congressional district elections, 2012|2012]].  He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/primary/Primary_Candidate_Certification-Republican_Party-2012-01-18.pdf 2012 Republican primary candidate certification]</ref> Democrats [[Daniel H. Boman]] and [[Rick Neighbors]] faced one another in the March 13, 2012 primary.<ref name="dem list">[http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/primary/StateCert-Primary_Candidate_Certification-Democratic_Party-2012-01-20.pdf ''Alabama Secretary of State'' "Certification of Democratic Primary Candidates," Accessed February 21, 2012]</ref>  Aderholt was re-elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Alabama ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Aderholt most recently won re-election in [[Alabama's 4th congressional district elections, 2012|2012]].  He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/primary/Primary_Candidate_Certification-Republican_Party-2012-01-18.pdf 2012 Republican primary candidate certification]</ref> He then defeated [[Daniel H. Boman]] in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Alabama ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Prior to his service in the U.S. House, Aderholt worked on the staff of [[Governor of Alabama|Governor]] Fob James of Alabama.
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{{Introanalysis
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Aderholt is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican follower]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/robert_aderholt/400004 ''Gov Track'' "Aderholt" Accessed May 24, 2012]</ref>
 
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
 
Below is an abbreviated outline of Aderholt's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000055 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Robert Aderholt" Accessed October 28, 2011]</ref>
 
Below is an abbreviated outline of Aderholt's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000055 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Robert Aderholt" Accessed October 28, 2011]</ref>
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**Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, ''Chair''
 
**Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, ''Chair''
 
**Subcommittee on Homeland Security
 
**Subcommittee on Homeland Security
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations|Appropriations Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations|Appropriations Committee]]
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
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====2014====
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Aderholt's official website lists the following issues:<ref>[http://aderholt.house.gov/issues-legislation/ ''Office website,'' "Legislative Information," accessed September 12, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Agriculture
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:Excerpt: "Farmers are essential to the economy of North Alabama; specifically, agriculture and related industries yield nearly $19 billion a year to the economic impact of Alabama’s 4th Congressional District. Crops, livestock, timber, and fisheries produce a varied agricultural landscape and culture in the district."
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*'''Defense
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:Excerpt: "I believe that there are few things more important than supporting the troops who are defending our nation today and tomorrow.  We have a responsibility to those who came before them just as we'll have a responsibility to those who follow."
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*'''Economy
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:Excerpt: " I believe the majority of Alabamians support spending cuts and implementation of a framework to require Washington to live within its means from here on out. We need to protect taxpayers, ensure our seniors and veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve and change the 'spend now, pay later' culture of Washington."
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*'''Education
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:Excerpt: "While educational reform is needed, it needs to begin at the local and state level.  Schools need qualified teachers in the classroom.  They need the financial resources for computers and other teaching aids that will be critical to our children's development.  I'm committed to doing my part in Washington to provide the necessary support while protecting the rights of local communities and leaders in determining their educational future."
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*'''Energy
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:Excerpt: " It is critical that we move in the direction of energy independence now. Unfortunately, it seems that the only time that we are willing to discuss this issue as a nation is when it begins to hit us at the gas pumps.  This is a long-term problem that's going to require long-term solutions."
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
 
{{presendorse|2012|Rick Santorum}}<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/212413-santorum-gets-first-non-homestate-congressional-endorsement ''The Hill,'' "Santorum gets first non-homestate congressional endorsement," February 24, 2012]</ref>
 
{{presendorse|2012|Rick Santorum}}<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/212413-santorum-gets-first-non-homestate-congressional-endorsement ''The Hill,'' "Santorum gets first non-homestate congressional endorsement," February 24, 2012]</ref>
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==Specific Votes==
 
==Specific Votes==
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Oppose vote}}
 
{{Oppose vote}}
Aderholt 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Aderholt 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Alabama's 4th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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Aderholt is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2013. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:''See also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012]]''
 
:''See also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012]]''
Aderholt ran for re-election to the [[Alabama's 4th congressional district|4th congressional district]] in 2012.  He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated [[Daniel H. Boman]] in the November 6 general election.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Alabama ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
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Aderholt won re-election to the [[Alabama's 4th congressional district|4th congressional district]] in 2012.  He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated [[Daniel H. Boman]] in the November 6 general election.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Alabama ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref>
 
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===2010===
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===Full history===
On November 2, 2010, Aderholt won re-election to the [[United States House]].  He ran unopposed in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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|Chamber=U.S. House, Alabama District 4 General Election
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|party1=Republican
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|winner1 = Robert Aderholt
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|votes1= 167714
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|Inc1=Y
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2012===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 elections season]]. Below are Aderholt's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H6AL04098 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Robert Aderholt's Summary Report," Accessed July 9, 2012]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00003028&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Robert Aderholt," Accessed March 21, 2013]</ref>
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|totalraised2012=1248945
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|totalraised2010=828588
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=US House (Alabama, [[Alabama's 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|totalraised2008=666973
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=US House (Alabama, [[Alabama's 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|totalraised2006=715803
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=US House (Alabama, [[Alabama's 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|totalraised2004=748910
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=US House (Alabama, [[Alabama's 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|totalraised2002=712483
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|result2002=Won
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|office2002=US House (Alabama, [[Alabama's 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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|totalraised2000=1639251
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|result2000=Won
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|office2000=US House (Alabama, [[Alabama's 4th congressional district{{!}}District 4]])
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Aderholt's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H6AL04098 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Robert Aderholt Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>  
  
 
{{Campaign finance reports
 
{{Campaign finance reports
|Name = Robert Aderholt (2012)
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|Name = Robert Aderholt (2014)
 
|Political Party = Republican
 
|Political Party = Republican
|Report 1 = Pre-Primary<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/816/12951949816/12951949816.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Robert Aderholt April Quarterly," Accessed July 9, 2012]</ref>
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|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/620/13962126620/13962126620.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Robert Aderholt April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
|Date 1 = March 1, 2012
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|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
|Beginning Balance 1 = 317174.30
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|Beginning Balance 1 = 152881.82
|Total Contributions 1 = 125702.75
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|Total Contributions 1 = 93272.74
|Expenditures 1= 96356.34
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|Expenditures 1 = 53219.49
|Cash on Hand 1 = 346520.71
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|Cash on Hand 1 = 192935.07
|Report 2 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/994/12951416994/12951416994.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Robert Aderholt April Quarterly," Accessed July 9, 2012]</ref>
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|Report 2 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/297/13941146297/13941146297.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Robert Aderholt July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013]</ref>
|Date 2 = April 14, 2012
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|Date 2 = July 15, 2013
|Beginning Balance 2 = 346520.71
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|Beginning Balance 2 = 192935.07
|Total Contributions 2 = 34135.46
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|Total Contributions 2 = 326957.03
|Expenditures 2= 107376.95
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|Expenditures 2 = 116022.18
|Cash on Hand 2 = 273279.22
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|Cash on Hand 2 = 403869.92
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===2012===
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[[File:Robert Aderholt Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Aderholt's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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Aderholt won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Aderholt's campaign committee raised a total of $1,248,945 and spent $1,141,724.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00003028&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Robert Aderholt 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Aderholt spent $5.74 per vote received in 2012.
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{{Congress donor box 2012
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Alabama District 4
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = $1,248,945
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|total spent = $1,141,724
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|opponent raised = $13,561
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|opponent spent = $5,575
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|org1 = Bollinger Shipyards
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|org2 = Parker Towing
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|org3 = Southern Co
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|org4 = McWane Inc
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|org5 = Dynetics Inc
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|orgdonor1 = $27,000
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|orgdonor2 = $24,000
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|orgdonor3 = $13,696
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|orgdonor4 = $13,500
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|orgdonor5 = $13,000
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|ind1 = Misc Defense
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|ind2 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind3 = Defense Aerospace
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|ind4 = Computers/Internet
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|ind5 = Defense Electronics
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|inddonor1 = $61,000
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|inddonor2 = $59,246
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|inddonor3 = $51,000
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|inddonor4 = $47,250
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|inddonor5 = $40,000
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|}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Aderholt is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican follower]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/robert_aderholt/400004 ''Gov Track'' "Robert Aderholt," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400004_Robert_Aderholt ''OpenCongress,'' "Robert Aderholt," Accessed July 30, 2013]</ref>
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Aderholt most often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Martha Roby]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[John Barrow]]
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Aderholt least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Justin Amash]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Barbara Lee]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Aderholt missed 235 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013.  This amounts to 2.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/robert_aderholt/400004 ''GovTrack,'' "Robert Aderholt," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Aderholt paid his congressional staff a total of $1,013,346 in 2011.  He ranks 205th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 282nd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Alabama]] ranks 22nd in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/103/Rep_Robert_Aderholt.html LegiStorm "Robert Aderholt"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Aderholt paid his congressional staff a total of $1,013,346 in 2011.  He ranked 205th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 282nd overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Alabama]] ranked 22nd in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/103/Rep_Robert_Aderholt.html LegiStorm "Robert Aderholt"]</ref>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Aderholt's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $506,019 and $5,815,999. That averages to $3,161,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003028&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Aderholt, (R-Alabama), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Aderholt's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $506,019 and $5,815,999. That averages to $3,161,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 18.51% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003028&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Aderholt, (R-Alabama), 2011"]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Aderholt's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $1,491,019 and $6,267,000. That averages to $3,879,009.50, which is lower than  the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003028&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Aderholt, (R-Alabama), 2010"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Aderholt's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $1,491,019 and $6,267,000. That averages to $3,879,009.50, which is lower than  the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003028&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Aderholt, (R-Alabama), 2010"]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
====2011====
 
 
:: ''See also: [[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.  Aderholt ranked 87th in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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====2012====
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.  Aderholt ranked 157th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
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====2011====
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.  Aderholt ranked 87th in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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===Voting with party===
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====2013====
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{{Congress vote percent
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|rank=97th
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|total=233
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|chamber=House
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|year=June 2013
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|RHouse=Y
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===Political positions===
 
====Percentage voting with party====
 
The website ''Open Congress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Aderholt votes with the Republican Party '''93.6%''' of the time. This ranks 82nd among the 242 Senate Republicans in 2011.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/votes_with_party/house/republican ''Open Congress'' "Voting With Party," Accessed October 28, 2011]</ref>
 
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, have two children.
 
Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, have two children.
  
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==Recent news==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.robertaderholtforcongress.com/about/ Campaign website]
 
*[http://www.robertaderholtforcongress.com/about/ Campaign website]
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Robert Aderholt
Robert Aderholt.jpg
U.S. House, Alabama, District 4
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Bevill (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,560,953
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBirmingham Southern University, 1987
J.D.Samford University, 1990
Personal
BirthdayJuly 22, 1965
Place of birthHaleyville, AL
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$3,161,009
ReligionCongregationalist Baptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Aderholt (b. July 22, 1965 in Haleyville, Alabama) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Alabama's 4th congressional district. Aderholt was first elected to the House in 1996.

Aderholt most recently won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[1] He then defeated Daniel H. Boman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Prior to his service in the U.S. House, Aderholt worked on the staff of Governor Fob James of Alabama.

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Aderholt's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1987: Graduated from Birmingham Southern College with B.A.
  • 1990: Graduated from Samford University with J.D.
  • 1992-1995: Practiced law in Haleyville
  • 1995-1996: Staff for Governor Fob James of Alabama
  • 1997-Present: U.S Representative from Alabama

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Aderholt serves on the following committees:[4][5]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security

2011-2012

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, Ranking Minority Member

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Aderholt's official website lists the following issues:[6]

  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "Farmers are essential to the economy of North Alabama; specifically, agriculture and related industries yield nearly $19 billion a year to the economic impact of Alabama’s 4th Congressional District. Crops, livestock, timber, and fisheries produce a varied agricultural landscape and culture in the district."
  • Defense
Excerpt: "I believe that there are few things more important than supporting the troops who are defending our nation today and tomorrow. We have a responsibility to those who came before them just as we'll have a responsibility to those who follow."
  • Economy
Excerpt: " I believe the majority of Alabamians support spending cuts and implementation of a framework to require Washington to live within its means from here on out. We need to protect taxpayers, ensure our seniors and veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve and change the 'spend now, pay later' culture of Washington."
  • Education
Excerpt: "While educational reform is needed, it needs to begin at the local and state level. Schools need qualified teachers in the classroom. They need the financial resources for computers and other teaching aids that will be critical to our children's development. I'm committed to doing my part in Washington to provide the necessary support while protecting the rights of local communities and leaders in determining their educational future."
  • Energy
Excerpt: " It is critical that we move in the direction of energy independence now. Unfortunately, it seems that the only time that we are willing to discuss this issue as a nation is when it begins to hit us at the gas pumps. This is a long-term problem that's going to require long-term solutions."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Robert Aderholt endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

Specific Votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Aderholt 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.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Aderholt is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2012

Aderholt won re-election to the 4th congressional district in 2012. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Daniel H. Boman in the November 6 general election.[9]

U.S. House, Alabama District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Daniel H. Boman 25.9% 69,706
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Aderholt Incumbent 74% 199,071
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 341
Total Votes 269,118
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Aderholt is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Aderholt raised a total of $6,560,953 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 21, 2013.[18]

Robert Aderholt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Alabama, District 4) Won $1,248,945
2010 US House (Alabama, District 4) Won $828,588
2008 US House (Alabama, District 4) Won $666,973
2006 US House (Alabama, District 4) Won $715,803
2004 US House (Alabama, District 4) Won $748,910
2002 US House (Alabama, District 4) Won $712,483
2000 US House (Alabama, District 4) Won $1,639,251
Grand Total Raised $6,560,953

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Aderholt's reports.[19]

Robert Aderholt (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$152,881.82$93,272.74$(53,219.49)$192,935.07
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$192,935.07$326,957.03$(116,022.18)$403,869.92
Running totals
$420,229.77$(169,241.67)

2012

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

Aderholt won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Aderholt's campaign committee raised a total of $1,248,945 and spent $1,141,724.[22] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[23]

Cost per vote

Aderholt spent $5.74 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Aderholt won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Aderholt's campaign committee raised a total of $828,588 and spent $828,588.[24]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Alabama District 4, 2010 - Robert Aderholt Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $828,588
Total Spent $828,588
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Robert Aderholt's campaign committee
Dynetics Inc$19,000
Southern Co$15,000
Collazo Enterprises$11,900
Northrop Grumman$11,000
Davidson Technologies$10,950
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Misc Defense$56,700
Defense Aerospace$42,000
Health Professionals$34,494
Defense Electronics$30,000
Computers/Internet$23,944

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Aderholt is a "moderate Republican follower" as of June 2013.[25]

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.[26]

Aderholt most often votes with:

Aderholt least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Aderholt missed 235 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Aderholt paid his congressional staff a total of $1,013,346 in 2011. He ranked 205th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 282nd overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Alabama ranked 22nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Aderholt's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $506,019 and $5,815,999. That averages to $3,161,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 18.51% from 2010.[29]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Aderholt's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,491,019 and $6,267,000. That averages to $3,879,009.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[30]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Aderholt ranked 157th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[31]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Aderholt ranked 87th in the conservative rankings.[32]

Voting with party

2013

Robert Aderholt voted with the Republican Party 97.4% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[33]

Personal

Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, have two children.

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External links


References

  1. 2012 Republican primary candidate certification
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Robert Aderholt" Accessed October 28, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressman Aderholt Representing Alabama's 4th District, "Press Release:Aderholt Sworn In For 113th Congress," January 3, 2013
  6. Office website, "Legislative Information," accessed September 12, 2013
  7. The Hill, "Santorum gets first non-homestate congressional endorsement," February 24, 2012
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Robert Aderholt," Accessed March 21, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Robert Aderholt Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  20. 'Federal Election Commission "Robert Aderholt April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  21. 'Federal Election Commission "Robert Aderholt July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Robert Aderholt 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Robert Aderholt 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28 2011
  25. Gov Track "Robert Aderholt," Accessed June 7 2013
  26. OpenCongress, "Robert Aderholt," Accessed July 30, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Robert Aderholt," Accessed April 2, 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Robert Aderholt"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Aderholt, (R-Alabama), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Aderholt, (R-Alabama), 2010"
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bevill
U.S. House - Alabama District 4
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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