Rob Wittman

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Rob Wittman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
Assumed office
December 11, 2007
Preceded by Jo Ann Davis
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 99th district
In office
January 13, 2006 – December 11, 2007
Preceded by Albert C. Pollard
Succeeded by Albert C. Pollard
Personal details
Born Robert Joseph Wittman[1]
(1959-02-03) February 3, 1959 (age 55)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathryn Jane Sisson
Children Devon
Residence Montross, Virginia
Alma mater Virginia Tech (B.S.)
University of North Carolina (M.P.H)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Ph.D.)
Religion Episcopalian

Robert Joseph "Rob" Wittman (born February 3, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 1st congressional district, serving since a special election in 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district stretches from the fringes of the Washington suburbs to the Hampton Roads area. It is nicknamed "America's First District" because the site of Jamestown is located there.[2]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Wittman was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Regina C. "Genia" (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 Westmoreland County, Virginia. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 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 and a Ph. D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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.[4]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

In 2010, Wittman stated platforms include support for tax cuts, expanding broadband, and cutting spending.[5]

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.[5]

Wittman, who opposed the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, said that Congress should not merely be "anti-Obamacare", and that Republicans in Congress are ready to provide alternatives if it is deemed unconstitutional.[6]

Wittman supports cutting pay and benefits for service members in order to avoid closing bases or decreasing infrastructure[7]

Political campaigns[edit]


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


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.[8] The Independent candidate was Lucky Narain.


Wittman was elected to his first full term on November 4, 2008 by defeating Democrat Bill Day and Libertarian Nathan Larson.[9]


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


Rob Wittman won reelection in 2012, defeating Democrat Adam Cook and Independent Green candidate Gail Parker.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

Virginia's 1st congressional district: Results 2007–2012[10][11]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democrat Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2007 Rob Wittman 42,772 61% Philip Forgit 26,282 37% Lucky Narain Independent 1,253 2%
2008 Rob Wittman 203,839 57% Bill Day 150,432 42% Nathan Larson Libertarian 5,265 1%
2010 Rob Wittman 135,564 64% Krystal Ball 73,824 35% Gail Parker Independent Green 2,544 1%
2012 Rob Wittman 200,845 56% Adam M. Cook 147,036 41% Gail Parker Independent Green 8,308 2% [12]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jo Ann Davis
  3. ^
  4. ^ "About Rob". Rob Wittman. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ a b "Hope for Congress?". Fredericksburg. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
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  8. ^ Giroux, Greg (December 11, 2007). "Republican Wittman Wins Virginia House Seat in Special Election". CQ Politics. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ "District Detail: VA-01". Congressional Quarterly. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  11. ^ "Election results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  12. ^ Virginia State Board of Elections. "Election Results: Member of House of Representatives (01)". November 6, 2012 General Election Official Results (in English). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jo Ann Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

December 13, 2007 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bob Latta
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
André Carson