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Phone: (205) 221-2310

Address: 1710 Alabama Avenue, Jasper AL 35501-5400

Cullman AL

Phone: (256) 734-6043

Fax: (256) 737-0885

Address: 205 Fourth Avenue, NE, Cullman AL 35055-1965

Gadsden AL

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Fax: (256) 546-8778

Address: 600 Broad Street, Gadsden AL 35901-3745

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Fax: (256) 381-7659

Address: 1011 George Wallace Boulevard, Tuscumbia AL 35674-1726

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Robert Aderholt Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Alabama 4
  • Born: Jul. 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 colleagues Sen. Richard Shelby and Rep. Jo Bonner. And like them, 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 than do Shelby and Bonner. Read More

Robert Aderholt, a Republican first elected in 1996, is a mild-mannered conservative much like his home-state GOP colleagues Sen. Richard Shelby and Rep. Jo Bonner. And like them, 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 than do Shelby and Bonner.

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.

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Robert Aderholt Election Results
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2012 General
Robert Aderholt (R)
Votes: 199,071
Percent: 74.07%
Daniel Boman (D)
Votes: 69,706
Percent: 25.93%
2012 Primary
Robert Aderholt (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (99%), 2008 (75%), 2006 (70%), 2004 (75%), 2002 (87%), 2000 (61%), 1998 (56%), 1996 (50%)
Robert Aderholt Votes and Bills
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2013 2012 2011
Economic 37 (L) : 63 (C) 38 (L) : 60 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 30 (L) : 68 (C) 38 (L) : 61 (C)
Foreign 15 (L) : 77 (C) 35 (L) : 59 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C)
Composite 25.7 (L) : 74.3 (C) 36.0 (L) : 64.0 (C) 21.2 (L) : 78.8 (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
LCV116
CFG5157
ITIC-58
NTU6866
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ACLU-0
ACU7676
ADA100
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: Y
    • 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
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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