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Biography

Elected: 1996, 10th term.

Born: July 22, 1965, Haleyville

Home: Haleyville

Education: Birmingham-Southern Col., B.A. 1987, Samford U., J.D. 1990

Professional Career: Haleyville Municipal Judge, 1992–96; Asst. legal advisor, Gov. Fob James, 1995–96.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Congregationalist

Family: married (Caroline) , 2 children

Robert Aderholt, a Republican first elected in 1996, is a mild-mannered conservative much like his home-state GOP colleague Sen. Richard Shelby. And like Shelby, Aderholt considers obtaining federal money for the state to be an essential part of his job, though he ventures into social issues territory more often.

Aderholt is from Winston County, the one ancestrally Republican county in north Alabama; it opposed secession in the Civil War and declared itself the Free State of Winston. His father was a circuit judge for more than 30 years; his wife’s father was a state senator and state commissioner of Agriculture and Industry. In 1992, Aderholt was appointed Haleyville municipal judge. Three years later, he became a top aide to Republican Gov. Fob James. With that pedigree, he decided to run for Congress when 30-year veteran Rep. Tom Bevill, a Democrat, retired. As the Republican nominee, he faced state Sen. Bob Wilson Jr., who called himself a Democrat “in the Tom Bevill tradition.” In this culturally conservative district, Aderholt didn’t hedge on cultural issues, opposing abortion rights, gun control, same-sex marriage, and prohibitions against school prayer. “We want to go to Washington to deliver a message, and that is, don’t mess with our traditional family values,” he said. He also attacked Wilson for his support from labor unions and trial lawyers. This was a nationally targeted race, seriously contested, and Aderholt won 50%-48%.

Aderholt’s voting record is generally conservative, and he was among the first House Republicans to join the Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. But he often votes with labor on trade issues, mainly because of local imperatives. He has supported quotas on steel imports and sponsored a bill assessing additional antidumping duties on foreign steel. He voted against normalizing trade relations with China and opposed free-trade agreements with Chile, Morocco, and Singapore. In 2005, however, he was a crucial vote for the Central America Free Trade Agreement after he got a last-minute letter from President George W. Bush delaying the phase-out of tariffs on socks. He also went to bat for the region’s aerospace industry in 2010, criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to cancel the Constellation space program without congressional approval. He subsequently worked with delegation members to have a new NASA heavy-lift rocket designed to carry astronauts into deep space built at Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center beginning in 2011.

Recognizing Aderholt’s electoral vulnerability, Republican leaders put him on the Appropriations Committee, where he has been able to secure more highway and sewer money than most of his GOP colleagues. He worked his way up through the ranks, becoming ranking Republican on the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. After Republicans assumed control of the House in 2011, he was given the chairmanship of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. When a tornado hit his district hard in April of that year, he increased spending on disaster relief while offsetting the cost with other cuts to the Homeland Security and Energy department budgets. He also made known his displeasure with the Homeland Security Department’s unwillingness to send Congress reports in a timely fashion in 2012 by withholding hundreds of millions from DHS headquarters accounts.

And he made his social views known in May 2012 when he added an amendment to the department’s spending bill specifying that none of the funds provided to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could be used to pay for an abortion, except under certain circumstances. The provision stayed in the House-passed version, but went nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate. He took to the House floor in March 2012 to praise a new film directed by two Alabamians, October Baby, about a woman who learns she was adopted after a failed abortion. “It takes a clear stand for life, something we often don’t see at the movies,” he said.

When Alabama’s chief justice Judge Roy Moore called for a new law to prevent federal judges from interfering with public displays of the Ten Commandments, Aderholt sponsored legislation toward that goal. “The acknowledgment of God is not a legitimate subject of review by the federal courts,” Aderholt said. He was the only House member from Alabama in 2008 to vote against the $700 billion rescue of the financial markets. He cited public “discontent” with the plan and the need for a more market-based approach.

Aderholt faced serious challenges in his first two reelections, but has won easily since.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4876

(202) 225-5587

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 235
Washington, DC 20515-0104

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4876

(202) 225-5587

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 235
Washington, DC 20515-0104

DISTRICT OFFICE

(205) 221-2310

(205) 221-9035

Carl Elliot Federal Building Suite 247
Jasper, AL 35501-5400

DISTRICT OFFICE

(205) 221-2310

(205) 221-9035

Carl Elliot Federal Building Suite 247
Jasper, AL 35501-5400

DISTRICT OFFICE

(256) 734-6043

(256) 737-0885

Federal Building Suite 104
Cullman, AL 35055-1965

DISTRICT OFFICE

(256) 734-6043

(256) 737-0885

Federal Building Suite 104
Cullman, AL 35055-1965

DISTRICT OFFICE

(256) 546-0201

(256) 546-8778

Federal Building Suite 107
Gadsden, AL 35901-3745

DISTRICT OFFICE

(256) 546-0201

(256) 546-8778

Federal Building Suite 107
Gadsden, AL 35901-3745

DISTRICT OFFICE

(256) 381-3450

(256) 381-7659

1011 George Wallace Boulevard Suite 146
Tuscumbia, AL 35674-1726

DISTRICT OFFICE

(256) 381-3450

(256) 381-7659

1011 George Wallace Boulevard Suite 146
Tuscumbia, AL 35674-1726

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(205) 486-2605

PO Box 1158
Haleyville, AL 35565-1158

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 1158
Haleyville, AL 35565-1158

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Aerospace

Mark Dawson
Legislative Director

Agriculture

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Mark Dawson
Legislative Director

Arts

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Banking

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Commerce

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Disability

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Disaster

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Economics

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Education

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Family

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Foreign

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Govt Ops

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Gun Issues

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Health

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Homeland Security

Mark Dawson
Legislative Director

Housing

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Human Rights

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Immigration

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Internet

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Judiciary

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Medicare

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Military

Mark Dawson
Legislative Director

Privacy

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Religion

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Technology

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Telecommunications

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Transportation

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Jennifer Groover
Legislative Assistant

Women

Megan Medley
Deputy Legislative Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Robert Aderholt
Votes: 199,071
Percent: 74.07%
Daniel Boman
Votes: 69,706
Percent: 25.93%
2012 PRIMARY
Robert Aderholt
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Robert Aderholt
Votes: 167,714
Percent: 98.82%
2010 PRIMARY
Robert Aderholt
Unopposed
2008 GENERAL
Robert Aderholt
Votes: 196,741
Percent: 74.76%
Nicholas Sparks
Votes: 66,077
Percent: 25.11%
2008 PRIMARY
Robert Aderholt
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (99%), 2008 (75%), 2006 (70%), 2004 (75%), 2002 (87%), 2000 (61%), 1998 (56%), 1996 (50%)

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