Roscoe Bartlett

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Roscoe Bartlett
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U.S. House, Maryland, District 6
Former Representative
In office
January 3, 1993-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
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) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland's 6th Congressional District. Bartlett served in the House from 1992-2013. Bartlett ran for re-election in 2012 and was defeated by Democratic challenger John Delaney on November 6, 2012.[1]

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

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


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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 served 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



In 2001, Bartlett sponsored a constitutional amendment that would ban abortions, with the only exception being to protect the life of the mother.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Bartlett 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 1 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]



See also: Maryland's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bartlett ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 6th District. 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.[10] He faced Democratic challenger John Delaney and Nickolaus Mueller (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Bartlett was considered one of the more vulnerable incumbents.[11]

According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that notes the top 10 incumbents who could lose their primaries, Bartlett was the 8th most likely incumbent to lose his primary.[12] Bartlett faced significant competition from seven competitors and a newly re-drawn district after redistricting in the Republican primary.[12][12][13]

General election

U.S. House, Maryland District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Delaney 58.8% 181,921
     Republican Roscoe Bartlett Incumbent 37.9% 117,313
     Libertarian Nickolaus Mueller 3.2% 9,916
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 399
Total Votes 309,549
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, 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


The following is a TV ad released by Barlett on March 13, 2012. A complete list of Barlett's videos can be found at his campaign website.[14]

Roscoe Bartlett, "Opportunites"[15]

Campaign issues

The following were several issues that Bartlett highlighted on his campaign website.[16]

  • The Economy and Jobs

Excerpt: "Roscoe Bartlett believes that to get our economy growing again, American entrepreneurs must be given the freedom and ability to take risks and create jobs. That’s why Congressman Bartlett supports lower taxes, less regulation, and a balanced budget to get government out of the way and let the American free market system do what it does best; create more jobs and innovation than anywhere else in the world."[17]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "Roscoe Bartlett knows that the solution to America’s healthcare crisis is not more government mandates. It is empowering consumers to make their own decisions and taking important steps to restrain costs."[18]

  • The Second Amendment

Excerpt: "The Second Amendment to our Constitution could not be more clear; law-abiding citizens have the right to own and possess firearms for their own protection."[19]

  • Taxes

Excerpt: "Roscoe Bartlett knows that raising taxes takes money out of the hands of the very people who spur innovation and create economic growth in this country. He understands that unleashing the American entrepreneurial spirit and incentivizing investment and hard work is the only way to get our economy back on track."[20]


On November 2, 2010, Roscoe Bartlett won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Andrew Duck (D), Dan Massey (L) and Michael Reed (Constitution) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Maryland District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoscoe Bartlett incumbent 61.4% 148,820
     Democratic Andrew Duck 33.2% 80,455
     Libertarian Dan Massey 2.8% 6,816
     Constitution Michael Reed 2.4% 5,907
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 191
Total Votes 242,189

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Bartlett lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Bartlett's campaign committee raised a total of $1,151,621 and spent $1,362,902.[22]


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.[23]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bartlett paid his congressional staff a total of $1,005,656 in 2011. He ranked 41st on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 155th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranks 11th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Bartlett was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Bartlett's staff was given an apparent $9,000.00 in bonus money.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Bartlett's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,432,016 and $8,180,000. That averages to $5,306,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[26]

Political Positions

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Bartlett was ranked the 209th most conservative representative during 2012.[27]


According to the data released in 2012, Roscoe Bartlett was ranked the 209th most conservative representative during 2011.[28]

Voting with party

November 2011

Roscoe Bartlett voted with the Republican Party 88.4% of the time, which ranked 209 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[29]


Bartlett and his wife, Ellen, have 10 children, 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.[30]

Bartlett compound

In January 2014, Politico Magazine wrote an in-depth article on Bartlett's post-Congress life. Outlined in the profile was the self-sustaining West Virginia compound where he and his wife primarily reside. At the residence, Bartlett spends 10-12 hours per day chopping logs. On the property, the Bartlett family has five cabins, built by Roscoe himself. The property is designed to eventually have the room for all ten of the Bartlett children and their families.[31]

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Bartlett" Accessed May 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Roscoe Bartlett" Accessed December 1, 2011
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 1, 2011
  6. Washington Post, "Bartlett targeted by Democrats over views on abortion, rape," Accessed October 3rd, 2012
  7. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  8. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  9. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named primary
  11. New York Times"House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The Washingotn Post "The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries" Accessed April 1, 2012
  13. Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
  14. Roscoe Bartlett's Official Campaign Website
  15. YouTube channel
  16. Roscoe Bartlett's Official Campaign Website
  17. Roscoe Bartlett's Official Campaign Website
  18. Roscoe Bartlett's Official Campaign Website
  19. Roscoe Bartlett's Official Campaign Website
  20. Roscoe Bartlett's Official Campaign Website
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Roscoe Bartlett 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  24. LegiStorm "Roscoe Bartlett"
  25. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  26., "Bartlett, (R-Maryland), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 1, 2011
  31. Politico Magazine, "The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid," accessed January 6, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Beverly Byron
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 6
Succeeded by
John Delaney (D)