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Biography

Elected: Dec. 2007, 3rd full term.

Born: February 3, 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.

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4261

(202) 225-4382

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2454
Washington, DC 20515-4601

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4261

(202) 225-4382

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2454
Washington, DC 20515-4601

DISTRICT OFFICE

(757) 874-6687

(757) 874-7164

401 Main Street
Yorktown, VA 23690

DISTRICT OFFICE

(757) 874-6687

(757) 874-7164

401 Main Street
Yorktown, VA 23690

DISTRICT OFFICE

(540) 659-2734

(540) 659-2737

95 Dunn Drive Suite 201
Stafford, VA 22554-8323

DISTRICT OFFICE

(540) 659-2734

(540) 659-2737

95 Dunn Drive Suite 201
Stafford, VA 22554-8323

DISTRICT OFFICE

(804) 443-0668

(804) 443-0671

508 Church Lane
Tappahannock, VA 22560

DISTRICT OFFICE

(804) 443-0668

(804) 443-0671

508 Church Lane
Tappahannock, VA 22560

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(804) 493-0508

PO Box 6
Montross, VA 22520

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 6
Montross, VA 22520

Staff

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Abortion

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Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

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Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Animal Rights

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Banking

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Budget

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Campaign

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Legislative Director

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Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Consumers

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Crime

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Disaster

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Economics

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Education

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Energy

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

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Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Family

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

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Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

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Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Gun Issues

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Health

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Housing

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Human Rights

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Insurance

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Intelligence

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Intergovernmental

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Judiciary

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Labor

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Land Use

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Medicare

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Military

Jamie Glines
Defense Fellow

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Native Americans

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Regulation

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Religion

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Rules

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Science

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Social Security

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Tax

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Technology

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Trade

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Urban Affairs

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Veterans

Jamie Glines
Defense Fellow

Brent Robinson
Legislative Director

Women

Julia Angelotti
Senior Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Rob Wittman
Votes: 200,845
Percent: 56.39%
Adam Cook
Votes: 147,036
Percent: 41.28%
2012 PRIMARY
Rob Wittman
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Rob Wittman
Votes: 135,564
Percent: 63.87%
Krystal Ball
Votes: 73,824
Percent: 34.78%
2010 PRIMARY
Rob Wittman
Votes: 28,956
Percent: 87.96%
Catherine Crabill
Votes: 3,963
Percent: 12.04%
2008 GENERAL
Rob Wittman
Votes: 203,839
Percent: 56.58%
Bill Day
Votes: 150,432
Percent: 41.75%
2008 PRIMARY
Rob Wittman
Unopposed
2007 SPECIAL
Rob Wittman
Votes: 42,772
Percent: 61.0%
Philip Forgit
Votes: 26,282
Percent: 37.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (64%), 2008 (57%), 2007 special (61%)

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