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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4261

Address: 2454 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (757) 874-6687

Address: 401 Main Street, Yorktown VA 23690

Stafford VA

Phone: (540) 659-2734

Fax: (540) 659-2737

Address: 95 Dunn Drive, Stafford VA 22554-8323

Tappahannock VA

Phone: (804) 443-0668

Fax: (804) 443-0671

Address: 508 Church Lane, Tappahannock VA 22560

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Rob Wittman Biography
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  • Elected: Dec. 2007, 3rd full term.
  • District: Virginia 1
  • Born: Feb. 03, 1959, Washington, D.C.
  • Home: Montross
  • Education:

    VA Tech., B.S. 1981, U. of NC, M.S. 1990, VA Commonwealth U., Ph.D. 2002

  • Professional Career:

    Field dir., VA Health Dept.

  • Political Career:

    Montross Town Cncl., 1986-96; Montross Mayor, 1992-96; Westmoreland Cnty. Bd. of Supervisors, 1996-2005; VA House, 2005-07.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Episcopalian

  • Family: Married (Kathyrn); 2 children

Republican Rob Wittman, who claimed the seat in December 2007 special election, has dual interests in national security and environmental protection, a combination not often found among conservative Republicans. Read More

Republican Rob Wittman, who claimed the seat in December 2007 special election, has dual interests in national security and environmental protection, a combination not often found among conservative Republicans.

Wittman was born in Washington, D.C., and became a marine scientist. He also has a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Wittman served for many years as an environmental health specialist in the Northern Neck and Peninsula regions, including as field director for the state’s shellfish sanitation division. His first public office was a seat on the Montross Town Council, where he served for 10 years, including four as mayor. In 1995, he began a decade on the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors. In 2005, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

In 2007, Republican Rep. Jo Ann Davis died of breast cancer. Five weeks after her death, Republicans held a convention to choose their nominee. Wittman’s chief opponent was Paul Jost, a businessman and anti-tax activist who lost to Davis 35%-30% in 2000. The low-key Wittman cited his experience in public office and “the basics of good government.” With help from several busloads of supporters, Jost led in the earlier balloting, which began with 11 candidates. The key moment came after five ballots, when Davis’ widower, Chuck Davis, threw his support to Wittman, who became the compromise candidate.

Democrats nominated Philip Forgit, a school teacher and Navy reservist who won a Bronze Star in Iraq. He described himself as a centrist and called for improved training to bring strategic change in Iraq. Wittman emphasized his conservative credentials, including his support for gun rights and his opposition to abortion. He also touted the fact that House Minority Leader John Boehner had pledged to give him a seat on the Armed Services Committee. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid little attention to the contest in the heavily Republican district, and Wittman won the low-turnout contest 61%-37%, carrying all 18 counties.

In the House, Wittman got a seat on Armed Services as promised, and also a seat on the Natural Resources Committee, another good fit for his district. He generally sticks with Republicans on major issues but is not an automatic vote. He bucked his party as one of 33 House Republicans to support the creation of an Office of Congressional Ethics, which for the first time would give an outside panel the power to investigate the misdeeds of lawmakers. Coming from a district with a large government presence, he is less enamored of eliminating federal programs and dramatically reducing spending than other conservatives. The House in 2009 passed his bill to improve the management of efforts to clean the Chesapeake Bay, but it died in the Senate. He won Natural Resources approval in 2011 of his bill to streamline the process to develop offshore wind energy.

Wittman took over the chairmanship of Armed Services’ Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in 2011 and delved into the management scandal at Arlington National Cemetery, where an Army report found mismarked graves and numerous other problems. He hoped to chair the Seapower Subcommittee in 2013, but fellow Virginia Republican Randy Forbes got the job; Wittman settled for chairing the Readiness Subcommittee. Like others from his state, he aggressively advocates for expanding the Navy’s fleet and co-chairs the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus.

Wittman was elected to a full term in 2008 by 57%-42% and coasted to reelection two years later. Republican-led redistricting after the 2010 census moved his district north to absorb more of high-growth Prince William County. Though he lost that county to Democrat Adam Cook, along with the cities of Fredericksburg, Newport News, and Williamsburg, he still won reelection with 56% of the vote in 2012. He prides himself on being thrifty; he tweeted in February 2012 that his 2005 Toyota Corolla had hit the 300,000-mile mark.

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2012 General
Rob Wittman (R)
Votes: 200,845
Percent: 56.39%
Adam Cook (D)
Votes: 147,036
Percent: 41.28%
G. Gail Parker (IG)
Votes: 8,308
Percent: 2.33%
2012 Primary
Rob Wittman (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (64%), 2008 (57%), 2007 special (61%)
Rob Wittman Votes and Bills
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Economic 38 (L) : 61 (C) 30 (L) : 69 (C) 45 (L) : 54 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 21 (L) : 75 (C) 37 (L) : 63 (C)
Foreign 40 (L) : 59 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 16 (L) : 84 (C)
Composite 33.3 (L) : 66.7 (C) 25.7 (L) : 74.3 (C) 32.8 (L) : 67.2 (C)
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Key House Votes

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    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • 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: Y
    • 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
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