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Rob Wittman
Rob Wittman.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJo Ann Davis (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,241,223
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
2006-2007
Board of Supervisors, Westmoreland County, VA
1996-2005
Mayor, Montross, VA
1992-1996
Education
Bachelor'sVirginia Polytechnic Institute
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina
Ph.D.Virginia Commonwealth University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 3, 1959
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Net worth$410,009
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Robert J. "Rob" Wittman (b. February 3, 1959) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 1st congressional district. Wittman was first elected to Virginia's 1st congressional district in 2006 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Wittman is currently serving his fourth consecutive term. [1]

Wittman is running for re-election in Virginia's 1st congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career Wittman was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006-2007.

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

Career

  • 2007-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2006-2007: Virginia House of Delegates
  • 1996-2005: Board of Supervisors, Westmoreland County, VA
  • 2004-2005: Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Westmoreland County, VA
  • 1992-1996: Mayor, Montross, VA
  • 1986-1996: Town council member, Montross, VA

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Wittman serves on the following committees[2]:

2011-12

Wittman was a member of the following House committees[3]:

Issues

Campaign themes

According to Wittman's website, his campaign themes included[4]:

  • Economy: "We need to prioritize spending and expose the waste, fraud and abuse in Washington. It is time to return to the conservative principle of controlling spending..."
  • Healthcare: "I believe we need to increase health care affordability, accessibility, and portability for all Americans."
  • Education: "I recognize the importance of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs to our Nation’s economy and believe it is vital that our schools focus on these areas."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Wittman 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.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Virginia's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Wittman won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Adam Cook (D) and Gail Parker (I) in the November general election.[6][7]

U.S. House, Virginia District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Adam Cook 41.2% 147,036
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert J. Wittman Incumbent 56.3% 200,845
     Independent Gail Parker 2.3% 8,308
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 617
Total Votes 356,806
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wittman is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Wittman raised a total of $3,241,223 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[11]

Rob Wittman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 1) Won $950,387
2010 US House (Virginia, District 1) Won $1,292,243
2008 US House (Virginia, District 1) Won $998,593
Grand Total Raised $3,241,223

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wittman's reports.[12]

Robert J. Wittman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly [13]April 1, 2013$551,810.10$102,800.10$(50,892.10)$603,718.10
July Quarterly [14]June 30, 2013$603,718.10$200,481.22$(27,900.10)$776,299.22
Running totals
$303,281.32$(78,792.2)

2012

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

Wittman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Wittman's campaign committee raised a total of $950,387 and spent $764,995.[15]

Cost per vote

Wittman spent $3.81 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Wittman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Wittman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,292,243 and spent $971,827.[16]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Wittman is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 1, 2013.[17]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Wittman missed 54 of 4,068 roll call votes from December 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[18]

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.[19]

Wittman most often votes with:

Wittman least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Wittman paid his congressional staff a total of $960,075 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

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, Wittman's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $148,019 and $671,999. That averages to $410,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 1.24% from 2010.[21]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Wittman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $195,014 to $615,000. That averages to $405,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

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. Wittman was 1 of 2 members who ranked 112th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[23]

2011

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. Wittman was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 156th in the conservative rankings.[24]

Voting with party

July 2013

Wittman voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 26 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[25]

Personal

Wittman and his wife, Kathryn, have two children.[26]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. Wittman for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 19, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Fredericksburg Freelance-Star "Wittman re-election bid to make stop in Stafford," May 18, 2012
  7. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. Virginia State Board of Elections, "December 11, 2007 Special Election Official Results," accessed May 28, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Robert Wittman," Accessed April 4, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "Wittman 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Robert J. Wittman April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "Robert J. Wittman July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Wittman Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Rob Wittman 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  17. Gov Track "Wittman" Accessed July 1, 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Robert J. Wittman," Accessed April 10, 2013
  19. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert J. Wittman," accessed August 8, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Rob Wittman," Accessed September 13, 2012
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Wittman (R-VA), 2011"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Rob Wittman (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. Official House website "About Rob," Accessed November 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jo Ann Davis
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 1st District
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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