Rob Wittman

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Rob Wittman
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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 U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Virginia. Wittman represents the 1st congressional district of Virginia and was first elected to the House in a 2007 special election. He won re-election in 2012.

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

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:

  • 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."[4]

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 Democrat Adam Cook 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

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.[12]

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.[13]

Analysis

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.[14]

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.[15]

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, 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.[16]

2010

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

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.[18]

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.[19]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Wittman voted with the Republican Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 143 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[20]

Personal

Wittman and his wife, Kathryn, have two children.[21]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Gov Track "Wittman" Accessed May 24, 2012
  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. Open Secrets "Wittman Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Rob Wittman 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  14. GovTrack, "Robert J. Wittman," Accessed April 10, 2013
  15. LegiStorm, "Rob Wittman," Accessed September 13, 2012
  16. OpenSecrets.org, "Wittman (R-VA), 2011"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Rob Wittman (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  18. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. 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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