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Rob Wittman
Rob Wittman
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district

December 11, 2007
Jo Ann Davis
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 99th district

January 13, 2006 - December 11, 2007
Albert C. Pollard
Albert C. Pollard
Personal details
Born
Robert Joseph Wittman

(1959-02-03) February 3, 1959 (age 61)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kathryn Sisson
Children2
EducationVirginia Tech (BS)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MPH)
Virginia Commonwealth University (PhD)

Robert Joseph Wittman[1] (born February 3, 1959) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district, serving since a special election in 2007. The district stretches from the fringes of the Washington suburbs to the Hampton Roads area. He is a member of the Republican Party.[2]

Early life, education and career

Wittman was born in Washington, D.C., the son of adoptive parents Regina C. (née Wood) and Frank Joseph Wittman. His father was of German descent and his mother's ancestors included immigrants from Ireland and Canada.[3] He grew up in Henrico County, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech as a member of the Corps of Cadets and Army ROTC and studied biology. While at Virginia Tech, he spent the summers working at a tomato cannery and on a fishing vessel. Also while he was in college, Wittman was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He later earned a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and a Ph. D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002.[4] Wittman worked for 20 years with the Virginia Department of Health. He served as an environmental health specialist and later was field director for the Division of Shellfish Sanitation.[5]

Wittman served on the Montross Town Council from 1986 to 1996 and as Mayor of the Town of Montross from 1992 to 1996. Two of his major accomplishments in this office were the overhaul of the sewage system and the development of a computerized system for tax billing. From 1996 to 2005, Wittman served on the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, the last two years as chairman. He helped with the creation of new libraries and pushed for raises in teacher salaries.

Virginia House of Delegates

In 2005, Wittman was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 99th district. He served on the Agricultural; Chesapeake and Natural Resources; and Police and Public Safety Committees while in the state House.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

In 2010, Wittman stated platforms include support for corporate tax cuts, expanding broadband, and cutting spending.[12] Wittman is the cosponsor of legislation that would place a 2-year moratorium on capital gains and dividends taxes, cut the payroll tax rate and the self-employed tax rate in half for two years, and reduce the lowest income brackets by 5% each. He also favors deregulation.[12]

He co-sponsored a personhood bill in Congress that defined life as beginning at conception.[13]

In 2012 Wittman said he would consider cutting pay and benefits for service members who join the military in the future in order to avoid closing bases or cutting the number of military personnel.[14]

Wittman authored the Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act, designed "to enhance coordination, flexibility and efficiency of restoration efforts," according to Wittman.[15] Following the sponsoring by several senators of a bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Wittman introduced a version of the same bill for House members to consider.[16] He proposed the Advancing Offshore Wind Production Act (H.R. 1398), which he said was designed to simplify the process companies must go through in order to test and develop offshore wind power.[17]

Immigration

Wittman stated that the "immigration system is broken. To keep America strong and prosperous, we need an immigration system that works for the American people."[18] Wittman supports ending chain migration, implementing e-verify, eliminating the visa-lottery system, funding a southern border wall, increased border security and immigration enforcement, and revision of legal immigration.[19] During the 115th Congress, Wittman voted to provide $1.6 billion for border security measures necessary for enforcing existing immigration laws, and The Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act.[20]

In November 2018, Wittman said that "85 percent (of immigrants) don't show up for a scheduled court hearing or call to schedule a court hearing." PolitiFact found that his claim was false. Wittman said that he got the information from his fellow member of Congress Bob Goodlatte, who in turn said he got it from the conservative website Newsmax, who attributed the claim to an anonymous "senior Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective."[21]

Health care

Wittman opposes the Affordable Care Act and has voted to repeal it.[22] He said that Congress should not merely be "anti-Obamacare" and that Republicans in Congress are ready to provide alternatives if it is deemed unconstitutional.[23] In 2017, he voted for the Republican Party's American Health Care Act, which would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act.[23]

Texas v. Pennsylvania

In December 2020, Wittman was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed[24] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.[25][26][27]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Wittman and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[28][29] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Wittman and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[30]

Certification of 2020 Presidential Election

On January 6, 2021 Congressman Wittman was one of the 147 Republican members of the U.S. Congress that objected to certifying the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He passed along "the big lie" (i.e., that President Trump won the election) that President Donald Trump pushed through Twitter and other sources.[31] Wittman voted against certifying the electors from Pennsylvania "after a day of violence as the U.S. Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who disrupted proceedings" despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud. [32]

U.S. Capitol Building Invasion

On his official Twitter account on January 7, 2021, Congressman Wittman referred to the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building as a "blemish"[33] rather than more common phrases used (e.g., terrorism, invasion, insurrection).[34] Congressman Wittman was not at the Capitol when invaders broke-in, he was at his office in a nearby location.[35]

Political campaigns

2005

Wittman was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates over Democrat Linda M. Crandell.

2007

Wittman was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates unopposed.

On December 11, 2007, Wittman was first elected to the United States Congress to succeed the late Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, who died in October 2007. He was heavily favored in the special election due to the 1st's heavy Republican bent; it has been in Republican hands since 1977.[36] The Independent candidate was Lucky Narain.

2008

Wittman was elected to his first full term on November 4, 2008 by defeating Democrat Bill Day and Libertarian Nathan Larson.[37]

2010

Wittman won reelection in 2010, defeating Democrat Krystal Ball and Independent Green candidate Gail Parker.

2012

Rob Wittman won reelection in 2012, defeating Democrat Adam Cook and Independent Green candidate Gail Parker.[23]

2014

Rob Wittman faced Norm Mosher (Democratic), Xavian Draper (Libertarian) and Gail Parker (Independent Green) in the 2014 midterm election.[38]

2016

Rob Wittman defeated Matt Rowe (Democratic) and Gail Parker (Independent Green) in the 2016 election.[39]

2018

Rob Wittman defeated Vangie Williams (Democratic) in the 2018 midterm election.[40]

Electoral history

Virginia's 1st congressional district: Results 2007-2018[41][42]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democrat Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2007 42,772 61% Philip Forgit 26,282 37% Lucky Narain Independent 1,253 2%
2008 203,839 57% Bill Day 150,432 42% Nathan Larson Libertarian 5,265 1%
2010 135,564 64% Krystal Ball 73,824 35% Gail Parker Independent Green 2,544 1%
2012 200,845 56% Adam M. Cook 147,036 41% Gail Parker Independent Green 8,308 2% [43]
2014 131,861 62.9% Norm Mosher 72,059 34.4% Gail Parker Independent Green 5,097 2.4% [44]
2016 230,213 59.8% Matt Rowe 140,785 36.6% Gail Parker Independent Green 12,866 3.3% [45]
2018 183,250 55.2% Vangie A. Williams 148,464 44.7% [46]

Personal life

Wittman is a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Montross.[4]

References

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