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Robert Pittenger
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U.S. House, North Carolina, District 9
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorSue Wilkins Myrick (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,310,422
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina Senate
High schoolMcCallum High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Date of birthAugust 15, 1948
Place of birthDallas, Texas
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$33,583,501
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Pittenger (b. August 14, 1948) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 9th congressional district. Pittenger was first elected to the House in 2012 for North Carolina's 9th congressional district on November 6, 2012. Pittenger is currently serving his first term. [1]Pittenger's campaign was one of the biggest self-funded campaigns in the country for the 2012 election cycle. By early May, Pittenger had invested about $2.3 million of his own money into his primary campaign.[2]

Pittenger is set to run for re-election in North Carolina's 9th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election into the House Pittenger founded and ran the Robert Pittenger Investment Company.[3]

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


Born in Texas, his father was a lawyer and real estate agent while his mother stay at home raising him and his siblings. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. During his work with Campus Crusade for Christ, he traveld around the world to promote their work. In 1985, he and his wife moved to Charlotte, to raise their family.[3]


  • 1989-present: Owner, Robert Pittenger Co.[3]
  • 1970-1985: Assistant to the president, Campus Crusade for Christ[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Pittenger serves on the following committees:[4]



See also: North Carolina's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Pittenger ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 9th District. Pittenger ran as a Republican candidate. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Pittenger faced Dan Barry, Andy Dulin, Ken Leonczyk, Jim Pendergraph, Michael Steinberg, Michael Shaffer, Jon Gauthier, Edwin Peacock, and Ric Killian in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary. He then defeated Jim Pendergraph in the July 17 primary runoff election. He faced Jim Pendergraph (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[6] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[6]

Pittenger raised the most money of any candidate for congress in North Carolina, reporting fundraising of over 3 million dollars in the first three quarters.[7]

General election results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jennifer Roberts 45.7% 171,503
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 51.8% 194,537
     Libertarian Curtis Campbell 2.6% 9,650
Total Votes 375,690
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[8]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 32.4% 29,999
Jim Pendergraph 25.3% 23,401
Edwin B. Peacock III 12.3% 11,336
Ric Killian 10.5% 9,691
Dan Barry 6% 5,515
Andy Dulin 4.9% 4,526
Mike Steinberg 2.5% 2,297
Jon Gauthier 2.2% 2,056
Ken Leonczyk 2.2% 2,047
Richard Lynch 1.1% 1,000
Michael Shaffer 0.6% 579
Total Votes 92,447

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pittenger is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pittenger raised a total of $3,310,422 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[9]

Robert Pittenger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 9) Won $3,310,422
Grand Total Raised $3,310,422


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

Pittenger won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pittenger's campaign committee raised a total of $3,310,422 and spent $3,307,264.[10]


Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pittenger missed 7 of 108 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 6.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[11]

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, Pittenger's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $18,615,005 to $48,551,997. That averages to $33,583,501, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[12]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Robert Pittenger voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 111 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sue Wilkins Myrick
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 9
Succeeded by