|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
December 11, 2007
|Preceded by||Jo Ann Davis|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 99th district
January 13, 2006 – December 11, 2007
|Preceded by||Albert C. Pollard|
|Succeeded by||Albert C. Pollard|
|Born||Robert Joseph Wittman
February 3, 1959
|Spouse(s)||Kathryn Jane Sisson|
|Alma mater||Virginia Tech (B.S.)
University of North Carolina (M.P.H)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Ph.D.)
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.
Early life, education and career
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. 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 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 on Armed Services
- Committee on Natural Resources
In 2010, Wittman stated platforms include support for tax cuts, expanding broadband, and cutting spending.
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.
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.
Wittman supports cutting pay and benefits for service members in order to avoid closing bases or decreasing infrastructure
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. The Independent candidate was Lucky Narain.
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.
|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%|||
- Jo Ann Davis
- "About Rob". Rob Wittman. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "Hope for Congress?". Fredericksburg. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Giroux, Greg (December 11, 2007). "Republican Wittman Wins Virginia House Seat in Special Election". CQ Politics. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "District Detail: VA-01". Congressional Quarterly. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "Election results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- Virginia State Board of Elections. "Election Results: Member of House of Representatives (01)". November 6, 2012 General Election Official Results (in English). Virginia.gov. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rob Wittman.|
- Congressman Rob Wittman official U.S. House site
- Rob Wittman for Congress
- Rob Wittman at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
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)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Congressional delegations to the 110th and 111th United States Congress from Virginia (ordered by seniority)|
|111th||Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner||House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Nye | T. Perriello | G. Connolly|
|110th||Senate: J. Warner | J. Webb||House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | J. Davis | T. Davis | V. Goode | T. Drake | R. Wittman|