Robert Aderholt

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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
Cost per vote$5.74 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
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$2,429,008
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]

Aderholt is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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."

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Aderholt's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Aderholt voted for 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Aderholt voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Aderholt voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Aderholt 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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Aderholt voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

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.[18] 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.[19] Aderholt voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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.[21] 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. Aderholt voted against HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Aderholt voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Aderholt voted for 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]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Aderholt voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Aderholt voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. 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" 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.[28]

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. [29]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Aderholt is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He sought the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took 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 (D) in the November 6 general election.[30]

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.[39]

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.[40]

Robert Aderholt (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$152,881.82$93,272.74$(53,219.49)$192,935.07
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$192,935.07$326,957.03$(116,022.18)$403,869.92
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2013$403,869.92$84,255.38$(158,058.03)$330,067.27
Year-End[44]January 31, 2014$330,067$150,495$(87,331)$393,231
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$393,231$124,312$(142,924)$374,619
Pre-Primary[46]May 22, 2014$374,619$47,854$(45,846)$376,627
July Quarterly[47]July 14, 2014$376,627$64,211$(87,205)$353,632
October Quarterly[48]October 13, 2014$353,632$150,299$(160,696)$343,236
Running totals
$1,041,656.15$(851,301.7)

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.[49] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[50]

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.[51]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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, Aderholt's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-472,981 and $5,330,998. That averages to $2,429,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Aderholt ranked as the 130th most wealthy representative in 2012.[56]

Robert Aderholt Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$2,429,008
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

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.[57]

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.[58]

Voting with party

2013

Aderholt voted with the Republican Party 97.4% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, have two children.

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See also

External links


References

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  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  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
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  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  26. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bevill
U.S. House - Alabama District 4
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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