|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Alabama's 4th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 1997
|Preceded by||Tom Bevill|
Robert Brown Aderholt
July 22, 1965
Haleyville, Alabama, U.S.
Caroline McDonald (m. 1994)
|Education||University of North Alabama|
Samford University (JD)
Robert Brown Aderholt (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 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.
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 U.S. House of Representatives
- 3 Political campaigns
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Electoral history
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Honors
- 8 Notes
- 9 Citations
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Early life, education and career
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Appropriations
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Republican Study Committee
- Tea Party Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans
- Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
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
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.
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".
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 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 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."
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.
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.
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 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 that "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."
|Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Primary Election, 1996|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||10,410||48.83|
|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%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||106,297||56.40%||+6.51%|
|Democratic||Donald H. Bevill||82,065||43.54%||-4.66%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||140,009||60.58%||+4.18%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||139,705||86.72%||+26.14%|
|Libertarian||Tony H. McLendon||20,858||1.42%||+11.43%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||191,110||74.73%||-11.99%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||130,385||70.17%||-4.56%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||196,741||74.76%||+4.59%|
|Democratic||Nicholas B. Sparks||66,077||25.11%||-4.60%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||167,714||98.82%||+24.06%|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||197,736||74.00%||-24.82%|
|Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2014|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||132,831||98.57%||+24.57%|
|Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Primary Election, 2016|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||86,660||81.18%|
|Alabama's 4th Congressional District House Election, 2016|
|Republican||Robert B. Aderholt||235,925||98.53%||-.04%|
Aderholt is married to the former 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 Elliot.
Aderholt has been awarded the following foreign honor:
- H. Amendment: H.Amdt. 448 to H.R. 367
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Orndorff Troyan, Mary (August 4, 2010). "Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt joins congressional Tea Party Caucus". AL.com. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
- "John-C-Elliott - User Trees - Genealogy.com". familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- McCutcheon, Michael; Barone, Chuck (2013). 2014 Almanac of American Politics. The University of Chicago Press.
- "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
- "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
- "Congress.gov | Library of Congress". thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- "Alabama Secretary of State" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 11, 2012.
- VoteSmart 2012.
- "Redstone's Pivotal Role in Nation's Technology Must be Protected, says Rep. Robert Aderholt". AL.com. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
- Freedom Works 2013.
- "Inhofe Says EPA's New Boiler Rule Could Kill Nearly 800,000 Manufacturing Jobs". Fox News. September 28, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
- Global warming petition project, Global warming petition project, retrieved September 21, 2013
- Aderhodt 2010.
- "Obama to present gun agenda; all but one Alabama representative supported by NRA". On The Issues. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
- "Robert Aderholt on Gun Control". Challen Stevens. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Berkowitz, Bonnie; Cai, Weiyi; Lu, Denise; Gamio, Lazaro. "Everything lawmakers said (and didn't say) after the Orlando mass shooting". Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
- "Congressional Scorecard: Measuring Support for Equality in the 112th Congress" (PDF). Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
- Sonmez, Felicia (December 7, 2011). "REINS bill to expand congressional power over executive regulations passed by House". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
- "FreedomWorks Scorecard".
- Baragona, Justin. "Taking Back the House, Vol. 3: Robert Aderholt and Alabama's 4th District". PoliticalUSA. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- ATR 2010.
- Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- Hagstrom, Jerry. "Senate Passes Tax Bill Late Tuesday, But Rules Force House to Revote Wednesday". DTN Progressive Farmer. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- "House passes $1.5T tax bill, delivering on a major piece of GOP agenda". WHNT.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- 'Funeral Service set for Albert McDonald, former state senator and ag commissioner from Madison,' AL.com., Steve Doyle, July 7, 2014
- "About Robert". Congressman Robert Aderholt. December 3, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- "Klaus Iohannis a decorat opt congresmani americani cu Ordinul Steaua României în grad de Comandor". adevarul.ro (in Romanian). June 9, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
- Peia, Florentina; Iacob, Simona (June 9, 2017). Purcarea, Vicentiu; Pandea, Razvan-Adrian, eds. "President Iohannis and U.S. congressmen discuss Romania's inclusion in Visa Waiver programme". Agepres. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
- Aderholt, Robert (December 13, 2010), The Daily Mountain Eagle Climate change: Don't place the cart ahead of the horse
- ATR (2010), The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers 112th Congressional List (PDF), Americans for Tax Reform, retrieved November 30, 2011
- Baram, Marcus (September 19, 2008), Who's Whining Now? Economists Hit Gramm: talk about words coming back to haunt you, Abcnews.go.com, retrieved September 21, 2013
- Freedom Works (2013), Robert B. Aderholt, Freedom Works, retrieved September 21, 2013
- Paletta, Damian (March 10, 2009), Ten Questions for Those Fixing the Financial Mess – WSJ.com, Online.wsj.com, retrieved August 22, 2010
- VoteSmart (2012), Representative Robert B. Aderholt's Political Positions, One Common Ground, retrieved November 19, 2012
- Congressman Robert B. Aderholt official House site
- Robert Aderholt for Congress
- Robert Aderholt at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 4th congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
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