Robert Aderholt

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Robert Aderholt
Rep. Robert Aderholt.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 4th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Tom Bevill
Personal details
Born (1965-07-22) July 22, 1965 (age 48)
Haleyville, Alabama
Political party Republican Tea Party
Spouse(s) Caroline Aderholt
Residence Haleyville, Alabama
Alma mater Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University
Profession attorney
Religion United Methodist (convert from Congregationalist)

Robert Brown Aderholt[1] (born July 22, 1965) is 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, as well as the far northern suburbs of Birmingham and the southern suburbs of Huntsville and Decatur.

Aderholt is a member of the Tea Party, and has taken very conservative stands on issues such as abortion, tax reform, defense spending, and same sex marriage.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Aderholt was born in Haleyville, Alabama, to Mary Frances Brown and Bobby Ray Aderholt.[2] He still lives there today. 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 where 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.

Aderholt was active in the Republican Party when it barely existed in Alabama.[citation needed] In 1992, Aderholt was appointed Haleyville municipal judge. In the same year, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. and in 1995 become the top aide to Governor Fob James. With that experience, he won the Republican primary in the race to succeed 15-term Democratic incumbent Tom Bevill, who retired from Congress in 1996. Aderholt also endorsed a candidate for circuit judgeship in Blount County, Steven King. Though the move was controversial, King won the judgeship. Aderholt was subsequently criticized by many for endorsing someone that was not from his own district.

Political positions[edit]

Tax reform[edit]

Aderholt is a signer of Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[3] saying he will not raise taxes on any tax bracket. Aderholt is actively involved in the pro-life movement.

Regulatory reform[edit]

In December 2011, Aserholt 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.[4][5]

Anti-abortion[edit]

During the “March for Life” rally in Washington on Jan 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.”

Defense[edit]

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".[6] Aderholt opposes government spending to stimulate economic growth. He voted against the $787 Billion Stimulus Package in February 2009.

Family values[edit]

Aderholt is a supporter of the Second Amendment and was endorsed by the NRA in the 2010 General Election.[7] He is opposed to same sex marriage and has received high ratings from traditional family based interest groups such as the Family Research Council, the Traditional Values Coalition, and American Family Association.[8]

Climate change[edit]

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."[9] Key .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."[10] Aderholt was against the policies promoted by the Copenhagen 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 Global warming petition project[11] 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."[12]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucuses[edit]

Aderholt's voting record is generally conservative. However, his votes on economic issues has been generally based on the concerns of his district rather than an overarching ideology. He has been notable in his support of quotas on steel imports and sponsored a bill assessing additional antidumping duties on foreign steel in 1999. He reached out further to industrial unions with his vote against PNTR with China.[citation needed] Aderholt's most notable success has been the continued protection of the sock industry, based out of Fort Payne, Alabama. He voted against the free trade agreements with Chile, Morocco, and Singapore, but supported the US-Australia FTA. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Aderholt has secured a significant amount of highway and sewer funding for the 4th District. Aderholt voted in favor of a joint resolution to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2000 and 2005.[13][14] He is involved with the NASA Space Launch System and has urged to increase funding for the programs based in Alabama.[8]

Aderholt is a staunch supporter and confidant of "Ten Commandments Judge" Roy Moore, whose home is in Gadsden, the longtime political center of the district. Moore joined Aderholt when Aderholt introduced the Constitution Restoration Act, controversial legislation which would remove issues regarding the First Amendment to the Constitution from the reach of the Federal Courts.

Aderholt voted in favor of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, but has since stated that he relied on promises by the Bush White House that were not kept.

On November 4, 1999, Aderholt voted in favor of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act,[15] which some economists, including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, believe helped create the 2007 financial crisis.[16][17]

Bills sponsored[edit]

Sponsor HR 3808: Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010, 111th Congress

The bill was cosponsored by Reps. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa), Michael Castle (R., Del.), and Artur Davis (D., Ala.).

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.

Apr 27, 2010: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote. A record of each representative’s position was not kept.

Sep 27, 2010: This bill passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator’s position was not kept.

Oct 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 [18]

Political campaigns[edit]

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%, and hasn't faced serious opposition since.

2010 campaign[edit]

Aderholt was re-elected unopposed.[citation needed]

2012 campaign[edit]

Aderholt was reelected in the November election where he beat State representative Daniel Boman, the Democratic nominee.[19] 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.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 102,741 49.89%
Democratic Robert T. Wilson, Jr. 99,250 48.20%
Libertarian Alan F. Barksdale 3,718 1.81%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 106,297 56.40% +6.51%
Democratic Donald H. Bevill 82,065 43.54% -4.66%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 140,009 60.58% +4.18%
Democratic Marsha Folsom 86,400 37.39% -6.15%
Libertarian Craig Goodrich 3,519 1.52% +1.52%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 139,705 86.72% +26.14%
Libertarian Tony H. McLendon 20,858 1.42% +11.43%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 191,110 74.73% -11.99%
Democratic Carl Cole 64,278 25.14% +25.14%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 130,385 70.17% -4.56%
Democratic Barbara Bobo 54,382 29.71% +4.57%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 196,741 74.76% +4.59%
Democratic Nicholas B. Sparks 66,077 25.11% -4.60%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 167,714 98.82% +24.06%
Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert B. Aderholt 197,736 74.00% -24.82%
Democratic Daniel Boman 69,427 26.00% +26.00%

Personal life[edit]

Aderholt is married to the former Caroline McDonald. They have two children. The Aderholts live in Arlington, Virginia.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ H. Amendment: H.Amdt. 448 to H.R. 367

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Bevill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 4th congressional district

1997–Present
Succeeded by
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United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Earl Blumenauer
D-Oregon
United States Representatives by seniority
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Kevin Brady
R-Texas