Roscoe Bartlett

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Roscoe Bartlett
Roscoe Bartlett.jpg
U.S. House, Maryland, District 6
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 22
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sColumbia Union College
Master'sUniversity of Maryland
Ph.D.University of Maryland
Date of birthJune 3, 1926
Place of birthMoreland, KY
ReligionSeventh-day Adventist
Office website
Campaign website
Roscoe Bartlett campaign logo
Roscoe Gardner Bartlett (b. June 3, 1926) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland's 6th congressional district. Bartlett was first elected to the House in 1992. Bartlett is running for re-election in 2012 and he defeated David Brinkley, Robert Coblentz, Robin Ficker, Joseph Krysztoforski, Brandon Rippeon, Kathy Afzali, and Peter James in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012.[1]

According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Bartlett is one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bartlett is a "far-right Republican leader".[3]


Bartlett was born in 1926 in Moreland, KY. He earned his B.S. from Columbia Union College and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1947, 1948, and 1952, respectively. Prior to his political career, Bartlett worked as a professor of anatomy, physiology, and zoology at the University of Maryland and Howard University College of Medicine.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Bartlett's political career[4]:

  • U.S. House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District of Maryland, 1993-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Bartlett serves on the following House committees[5]:

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces

Small Business Committee

    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

    • Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
    • Subcommittee on Research and Science Education



A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[6] According to the report, Bartlett, has helped secure about $4.5 million toward improving Interstate 270 and Buckeystown Pike. From there, Buckeystown Pike leads south and west to Bartlett's home, his farm and rental properties that earn the lawmaker up to $150,000 a year.[7]



See also: Maryland's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Bartlett is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 6th District. Bartlett is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. [8] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012. Bartlett defeated David Brinkley, Robert Coblentz, Robin Ficker, Joseph Krysztoforski, Brandon Rippeon, Kathy Afzali, and Peter James in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012.[1] He faces Democratic challenger John Delaney and Nickolaus Mueller (L) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that notes the top 10 incumbents who could lose their primaries, Bartlett is the 8th most likely incumbent to lose his primary.[9] Bartlett faces significant competition from seven competitors and a newly re-drawn district after redistricting in the Republican primary.[9] with the most competition coming from contenders state senator David Brinkley and state delegate Kathy Afzali.[9][10]

U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoscoe G. Bartlett Incumbent 43.6% 17,600
Kathy Afzali 10.2% 4,115
David R. Brinkley 19.8% 7,987
Robert Coblentz 2.4% 970
Robin Ficker 7.1% 2,854
Peter James 2.3% 933
Joseph T. Krysztoforski 7.6% 3,073
Brandon Orman Rippeon 7% 2,843
Total Votes 40,375


On November 2, 2010, Bartlett won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Andrew Duck (D), Dan Massey (L), and Michael Reed (C) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 6th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoscoe Bartlett 61.4% 148,820
     Democratic Andrew Duck Incumbent 33.2% 80,455
     Libertarian Dan Massey 2.8% 6,816
     Independent Michael Reed 2.4% 5,907
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 191
     Independent 0% 0
Total Votes 242,189

Campaign donors


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

Bartlett won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Bartlett's campaign committee raised a total of $283,046 and spent $367,098.[12]


Bartlett has been married to his wife, Ellen, for more over forty five years. They have ten children, seventeen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.[13]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Beverly Byron
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 6
Succeeded by