|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Alabama's 4th district
January 3, 1997
Robert Brown Aderholt
July 22, 1965
Haleyville, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||Birmingham-Southern College (BA)|
Samford University (JD)
Robert Brown Aderholt (born July 22, 1965) is an American politician and attorney serving as the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 4th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes most of Tuscaloosa County north of the Black Warrior River, as well as the far northern suburbs of Birmingham in Walker County and the southern suburbs of Huntsville and Decatur.
Aderholt was born in Haleyville, Alabama, to Mary Frances Brown and Bobby Ray Aderholt. Aderholt's father, a part-time minister for a small group of Congregational churches in northwest Alabama, was a circuit judge for more than 30 years. He attended the University of North Alabama and then Birmingham-Southern College from which he graduated. During college, Aderholt was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Aderholt received his J.D. from the Samford University Cumberland School of Law and practiced law after graduation.
In 1992, Aderholt was appointed Haleyville municipal judge. In the same year, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1995, he became the top aide to Governor Fob James. He won the 1996 Republican primary in the race to succeed 15-term Democratic incumbent Tom Bevill.
As the Republican nominee, Aderholt faced a considerable challenge against State Senator Bob Wilson Jr., who called himself a Democrat "in the Tom Bevill tradition". This was a seriously contested race, receiving a deal of national coverage and significant support from the Republican Party. Newt Gingrich personally visited the district during the campaign. Aderholt won narrowly, 50%-48%, becoming only the second Republican to represent this district since Reconstruction. The first, Jim Martin, was swept into office in what was then the 7th District during the 1964 wave that delivered the state's electoral votes to Barry Goldwater. Aderholt has never faced another contest nearly that close, and has been reelected nine times. He even ran unopposed in 2004, 2010, 2014, and 2016.
Aderholt's increasing margins reflected the growing Republican trend in this part of Alabama. While Democrats still have a majority in voter registration, the district's Democrats are very conservative on social issues, even by Alabama standards. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+30, it is the fifth-most Republican district in the nation and the third-most Republican district east of the Mississippi.
Aderholt was reelected in the November election where he beat State representative Daniel Boman, the Democratic nominee. In 2012 Aderholt raised $1,207,484.98 for his campaign, but spent only $963,859.15. Parker Towing was his largest contributor, providing $24,000.00. $493,856, 41% of his contributions came from large individual contributions. $583,000, 48% came from PACs.
Sponsor HR 3808: Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010, 111th Congress
H.R. 3808 Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010 - To require any Federal or State court to recognize any notarization made by a notary public licensed by a State other than the State where the court is located when such notarization occurs in or affects interstate commerce.
April 27, 2010: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote. A record of each representative's position was not kept.
September 27, 2010: This bill passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator's position was not kept.
October 8, 2010: Vetoed by President.
H.R. 2017 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
May 26, 2011: Introduced
June 2, 2011: Passed House with amendments
September 26, 2011: Passed Senate with amendments
September 30, 2011: Became Public Law 112-33
During the "March for Life" rally in Washington on January 22, 2010, he said, "The issue of abortion and the sanctity of life is something that I feel strongly about and I encourage my colleagues to look for ways to curb and stop abortions in the United States, while compassionately educating on this important issue."
He does not support reducing the defense budget to close the American deficit, and in May 2012 said "cuts to defense budgets - the federal government's primary Constitutional responsibility - shouldn't be the relief valve for uncontrolled domestic program spending".
Aderholt is opposed to same-sex marriage. He has received high ratings from the Family Research Council, the Traditional Values Coalition, and the American Family Association. In 2013, the Human Rights Campaign gave him a score of 0 on its Congressional Scorecard.
During the 2013 111th Congress, Aderholt voted for the amendment by Rep. Scalise (R-LA)[Notes 1] which would "require that Congress be allowed to vote on any executive regulation that would impose any tax, price, or levy upon carbon emissions... effectively prevents the executive branch from levying any form of carbon tax without Congressional approval. Since a carbon tax would be tremendously destructive to the economy as a whole, this measure would hopefully make such a tax unlikely to pass." Aderholt opposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, and in December 2008 helped write a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which stated, "I am opposed to any attempt to impose greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act on the agricultural industry." Aderholt was against the policies proposed by the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference as well as the US proposed Cap and Trade Bill, part of what he argued was an "unrealistic carbon emissions reduction mandate" that would result in a loss of American jobs. He agreed with the denialist Oregon Petition that, "[t]here is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."
In the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Aderholt called it a terrorist attack and stated "we do not have the luxury of debating the political correctness of 'radical Islam'." He stated a need to "hunt down those who would do us harm". He opposed the media and President Obama using the shooting to "push any type of political agenda relating to gun control. He made a call to the White House and Congress to "protect the homeland".
In 2019, Aderholt introduced a bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 years of age.
In December 2011, Aderholt voted in support of H.R. 10, the "Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act", which would have required congressional approval for any "major regulations" issued by the executive branch but, unlike the 1996 Congressional Review Act, would not require the president's signature or override of a probable presidential veto.
He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Aderholt said he voted for the bill "to give back more money to Alabama taxpayers". He also stated that the bill "does the right thing". He cited the raising of the child tax credit, changes to the state and local tax deductions, and stated, "more than 80% the people in the 4th District of Alabama will receive a tax cut." Aderholt also says that more businesses will stay in the US due to a lower corporate tax rate and therefore the act is a "jobs bill".
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||102,741||49.9|
|Democratic||Bob Wilson Jr.||99,250||48.2|
|Libertarian||Alan F. Barksdale||3,718||1.8|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||106,297||56.4|
|Democratic||Donald H. Bevill||82,065||43.6|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||140,009||60.9|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||139,705||87.0|
|Libertarian||Tony H. McLendon||20,858||13.0|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||191,110||74.8|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||130,385||70.6|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||196,741||74.9|
|Democratic||Nicholas B. Sparks||66,077||25.1|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||167,714||100.0|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||197,736||74.0|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||132,831||98.6|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||86,660||81.2|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||235,925||98.5|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||93,959||81.5|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)||184,255||79.8|
|Republican||Robert Aderholt (incumbent)|
Aderholt is married to Caroline McDonald. Her father Albert McDonald served in the Alabama State Senate and was Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. They have two children, Robert Hayes and Mary Elliott Aderholt.
Aderholt has been awarded the following foreign honors: