Robert Aderholt

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Robert Aderholt
Robert Aderholt.jpg
U.S. House, Alabama, District 4
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 18
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBirmingham Southern University, 1987
J.D.Samford University, 1990
Date of birthJuly 22, 1965
Place of birthHaleyville, AL
ReligionCongregationalist Baptist
Office website
Campaign website
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.

Aderholt ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[1] Democrats Daniel H. Boman and Rick Neighbors faced one another in the March 13, 2012 primary.[2] Aderholt was re-elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Aderholt is a "moderate Republican follower".[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Aderholt's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 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


Aderholt serves on the following committees:[6][7]

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


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


Presidential preference


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

Robert Aderholt endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

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 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.[9]



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

Aderholt ran for 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.[10]

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
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 341
Total Votes 269,118
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Aderholt won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, Alabama District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Aderholt Incumbent 100% 167,714
Total Votes 167,714

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Aderholt's reports.[12]

Robert Aderholt (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[13]March 1, 2012$317,174.30$125,702.75$(96,356.34)$346,520.71
April Quarterly[14]April 14, 2012$346,520.71$34,135.46$(107,376.95)$273,279.22
Running totals


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.[15]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


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 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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[17]

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.[18]


Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, have two children.

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bevill
U.S. House - Alabama District 4
Succeeded by