|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 1st district
Assumed office |
December 11, 2007
|Preceded by||Jo Ann Davis|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 99th district
January 13, 2006 – December 11, 2007
|Preceded by||Albert C. Pollard|
|Succeeded by||Albert C. Pollard|
Robert Joseph Wittman|
February 3, 1959
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Kathryn Jane Sisson|
Virginia Tech (B.S.)|
University of North Carolina (M.P.H)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Ph.D.)
Robert Joseph "Rob" Wittman (born February 3, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district, serving since a special election in 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district stretches from the fringes of the Washington suburbs to the Hampton Roads area. It is nicknamed "America's First District" because the site of Jamestown is located there.
Early life, education and career
Wittman was born in Washington, D.C., the son of adoptive parents Regina C. "Genia" (née Wood) and Frank Joseph Wittman. His father was of German descent and his mother's ancestors included immigrants from Ireland and Canada. He grew up in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as a member of the Corps of Cadets and Army ROTC and studied biology. While at Virginia Tech, he spent the summers working at a tomato cannery and on a fishing vessel. Also while he was in college, Wittman was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He later earned a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and a Ph. D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002.
Wittman served on the Montross Town Council from 1986 to 1996 and as Mayor of the Town of Montross from 1992 to 1996. Two of his major accomplishments in this office were the overhaul of the sewage system and the development of a computerized system for tax billing. From 1996 to 2005, Wittman served on the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, the last two years as chairman. He helped with the creation of new libraries and pushed for raises in teacher salaries.
Virginia House of Delegates
In 2005, Wittman was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 99th district. He served on the Agricultural; Chesapeake and Natural Resources; and Police and Public Safety Committees while in the state House.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Natural Resources
Wittman is the cosponsor of legislation that would place a 2-year moratorium on capital gains and dividends taxes, cut the payroll tax rate and the self-employed tax rate in half for two years, and reduce the lowest income brackets by 5% each. He also favors deregulation.
Wittman, who opposed the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, said that Congress should not merely be "anti-Obamacare", and that Republicans in Congress are ready to provide alternatives if it is deemed unconstitutional. He co-sponsored a personhood bill in Congress that defined life as beginning at conception.
Wittman authored the Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act, designed "to enhance coordination, flexibility and efficiency of restoration efforts," according to Wittman. Following the sponsoring by several senators of a bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Wittman introduced a version of the same bill for House members to consider. He proposed the Advancing Offshore Wind Production Act (H.R. 1398), which he said was designed to simplify the process companies must go through in order to test and develop offshore wind power.
Wittman was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates over Democrat Linda M. Crandell.
Wittman was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates unopposed.
On December 11, 2007, Wittman was first elected to the United States Congress to succeed the late Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, who died in October 2007. He was heavily favored in the special election due to the 1st's heavy Republican bent; it has been in Republican hands since 1977. The Independent candidate was Lucky Narain.
Wittman won reelection in 2010, defeating Democrat Krystal Ball and Independent Green candidate Gail Parker.
|2007||Rob Wittman||42,772||61%||Philip Forgit||26,282||37%||Lucky Narain||Independent||1,253||2%|
|2008||Rob Wittman||203,839||57%||Bill Day||150,432||42%||Nathan Larson||Libertarian||5,265||1%|
|2010||Rob Wittman||135,564||64%||Krystal Ball||73,824||35%||Gail Parker||Independent Green||2,544||1%|
|2012||Rob Wittman||200,845||56%||Adam M. Cook||147,036||41%||Gail Parker||Independent Green||8,308||2%|
- "Representative Robert Joseph Wittman (Rob) (R-Virginia, 1st) - Biography from LegiStorm". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
- America's First District
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- "Hope for Congress?". Fredericksburg. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Davis, Chelyen (October 9, 2012). "Federal debt a focus of 1st District debate". fredericksburg.com. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "GOP chairman on cutting future troops' benefits: 'I think that is a place we can go'". Military Times. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
- "WITTMAN CHESAPEAKE BAY LEGISLATION PASSES THE HOUSE". wittman.house.gov. February 6, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- "Senate Bill Pushes for Wetlands Conservation Act Reauthorization". floridasportsman.com. April 2, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- Wittman, Rob (March 26, 2013). "Wittman Introduces Renewable Energy Legislation". votesmart.org. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- Giroux, Greg (December 11, 2007). "Republican Wittman Wins Virginia House Seat in Special Election". CQ Politics. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "District Detail: VA-01". Congressional Quarterly. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "US Rep. Rob Wittman wins GOP primary in Virginia". WTOP. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "Election results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- Virginia State Board of Elections. "Election Results: Member of House of Representatives (01)". November 6, 2012 General Election Official Results. Virginia.gov. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rob Wittman.|
- Congressman Rob Wittman official U.S. House site
- Rob Wittman for Congress
- Rob Wittman at DMOZ
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
Jo Ann Davis
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district
December 13, 2007 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
| Succeeded by|
|Virginia's delegation(s) to the 110th - 114th United States Congress (ordered by seniority)|
|111th||Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner||House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Nye | T. Perriello | G. Connolly|
|110th||Senate: J. Warner | J. Webb||House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | J. Davis | T. Davis | V. Goode | T. Drake | R. Wittman|
|111th||Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner|| House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Nye | T. Perriello | G. Connolly
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