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Phone: 202-225-4272

Address: 1725 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (770) 232-3005

Address: 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville GA 30046-6935

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Rob Woodall Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 3rd term.
  • District: Georgia 7
  • Born: Feb. 11, 1970, Athens
  • Home: Lawrenceville
  • Education:

    Furman U., B.A. 1992; U. of GA, J.D. 1997.

  • Professional Career:

    Law clerk, private firm, 1993-94; chief of staff, legis. aide, Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., 1994-2010.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Single

Republican Rob Woodall was elected in 2010 to succeed the retiring Rep. John Linder after working for Linder as an aide for 16 years. His Capitol Hill experience makes him less inclined to bash government than his colleagues in the GOP Class of 2010, but he matches them in his avid fiscal conservatism. Read More

Republican Rob Woodall was elected in 2010 to succeed the retiring Rep. John Linder after working for Linder as an aide for 16 years. His Capitol Hill experience makes him less inclined to bash government than his colleagues in the GOP Class of 2010, but he matches them in his avid fiscal conservatism.

Woodall was born in Athens, the college town where his parents were finishing their studies at the University of Georgia. The family later moved to Avondale Estates. His father was an entomologist who would take Rob and his older sister on expeditions to collect bugs in swampy areas. The family was of modest means, shopped at Goodwill stores, and drove used cars. “Nobody squeezes a nickel harder than I do,” Woodall said. He went to college on a ROTC scholarship and worked summers to pay his expenses, including a stint on the assembly line at an RC Cola bottling plant. While in law school, he clerked for a firm in Washington, where he worked on issues related to President Clinton’s energy policy and then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care initiative. He fell in love with being on the frontlines of national policymaking and worked out a deal with the dean of the University of Georgia School of Law to allow him to finish his degree in Washington. In 1994, Woodall left his job at the law firm and took a 50% pay cut to go to work as a legislative aide for Linder. He rose to chief of staff in 2000.

He became a candidate for the House after 18-year House veteran Linder announced his retirement in February 2010. Eight candidates entered the GOP primary in July. Woodall and radio talk-show host Jody Hice received the most votes, but neither attained the 50% threshold necessary to avoid a runoff.

In the runoff campaign, Hice was able to self-fund his campaign and had more money to spend than Woodall. Both candidates courted support from tea party groups. Woodall embraced the movement’s principles of limited government, strict constitutional constructionism, and fiscal responsibility. He also advocated shifting some of the federal government’s powers to the states, repealing the Democratic health care overhaul, and creating tougher measures to deal with immigration. Yet, most local tea party groups backed Hice, especially after he bought billboards sporting a Soviet-era hammer and sickle and depicting Obama as a socialist. Woodall was endorsed by Linder and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He won the August runoff election, 56% to 44%. In the general election, he had little trouble dispatching his Democratic opponent, financial services manager Doug Heckman, 67% to 33%.

Like Linder, Woodall’s main issue is the current tax code, which he calls “a monstrosity” that should be replaced with a national sales tax. Woodall contributed to the book that Linder and Neal Boortz published called The FairTax Book, which was a best seller in 2005. Woodall says that the tax code punishes productivity and encourages debt, and that a national sales tax would boost the rate of personal savings. A Fair Tax bill he introduced in 2011 drew 70 cosponsors but did not advance; he reintroduced it in January 2013.

In the House, Woodall was given seats on the Rules and Budget committees in recognition of his familiarity with those panels’ issues as an ex-staffer. He joined most other GOP freshmen in opposing the New Year’s Day 2013 deal on tax and spending cuts, aimed at averting the so-called fiscal cliff, calling it “all dessert and no vegetables. … Spending is the problem in Washington, not tax revenue.”

But Woodall also showed signs of independence. He displayed a willingness to tackle the typically Democratic issue of campaign finance reform, introducing a bill in August 2011 to bar incumbents from holding onto their campaign money between elections. He said politicians’ war chests discouraged many would-be challengers. And in 2011, he was one of just seven Republicans who refused to bar federal funding for National Public Radio and one of seven who opposed a measure allowing permit holders to carry concealed weapons across state lines. “If the Second Amendment protects my rights to carry my concealed weapon from state to state to state, I don’t need another federal law,” he said.

Woodall became chairman of the Republican Study Committee's budget and spending task force. When Louisiana's Steve Scalise became majority whip in the aftermath of Eric Cantor's sudden primary defeat, Woodall was appointed the interim chairman. But some members objected purely on procedural grounds and demanded that a vote be held, and he was unanimously elected in July. Woodall accepted the job with the understanding that he wouldn't seek a full two-year chairmanship in the next Congress. He sought to take over the chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee, but lost to Indiana's Luke Messer.

Woodall’s vote in 2011 to raise the federal debt limit during one of the Republican’s many budget battles with the Obama White House sparked a GOP primary challenge in 2012 from software engineer David Hancock, a tea party movement supporter. Woodall won easily with 72% of the vote, then beat Democratic attorney Steve Reilly in the fall with 62%.

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Rob Woodall Election Results
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2012 General
Rob Woodall (R)
Votes: 156,689
Percent: 62.16%
Steve Reilly (D)
Votes: 95,377
Percent: 37.84%
2012 Primary
Rob Woodall (R)
Votes: 45,157
Percent: 71.81%
David Hancock
Votes: 17,730
Percent: 28.19%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (67%)
Rob Woodall Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 5 (L) : 94 (C) 46 (L) : 54 (C) 34 (L) : 65 (C)
Social 42 (L) : 57 (C) 21 (L) : 75 (C) 50 (L) : 49 (C)
Foreign 47 (L) : 52 (C) 46 (L) : 52 (C) 32 (L) : 63 (C)
Composite 31.8 (L) : 68.2 (C) 38.7 (L) : 61.3 (C) 39.8 (L) : 60.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV611
CFG8491
ITIC-75
NTU8484
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COC100-
ACLU-15
ACU9296
ADA510
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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