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
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) 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]

Career

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

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

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. [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]

Elections

2012

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"

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.[19]

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

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.[20]

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.[21]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

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.[22]

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 he 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.[23]

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 - 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. His average net worth decreased by 18.51% from 2010.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

Personal

Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, have two children.

External links


References

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