Robert J. Wittman

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Robert J. Wittman graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree, the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree, and Virginia Commonwealth University with a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. Prior to being elected to Congress, Wittman worked in the state government for 26 years, most recently as Field Director for the Virginia Health Department’s Division of Shellfish Sanitation. From 1986 to 1996, Wittman served on the Montross Town Council, the last four of them as Mayor, and was a member of the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors up until 2005, elected as Chairman in 2003. He also served on the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006 until being elected to the U.S. House in 2007. Wittman is currently assigned to the House Armed Services Committee as Vice Ranking Member and the Committee on Natural Resources.

Key Issues

Broadband

Wittman aims to increase rural broadband access and funding. He wants to expand telemedicine, distance learning, and online banking. He has previously co-sponsored the Broadband Permitting Modernization Act that worked to support broadband infrastructure deployment.

Economy

Wittman wishes to address the nation’s high debt levels by moving spending bills through the House floor and increasing transparency to the budget and appropriations process. He looks to hold Congress members accountable and has authored three bills targeted towards this in the past: 1) Stay on Schedule Resolution—Congress must pass all appropriation bills instead of adjourning for the August recess, 2) No Budget, No Pay Act—Congress will not be paid until a budget is passed, and 3) Inaction Has Consequences Act—members’ salaries will be held back if appropriation bills are not passed regularly.

Education

Wittman prioritizes developing the workforce and promotes Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. He also wants to address student loan debt and make education and college more affordable. His plan focuses on the use of “529” tax-advantaged savings plans designed to help pay for workforce training, credentialing programs, and schooling.

Environment

Wittman seeks air, water, and environmental protection through usage of nuclear energy, hydropower, natural gas, wind, and solar power. As Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Caucus, he has worked to conserve natural resources and supported the funding of the Bay program as well as the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act into law. His efforts have helped enable cleanups, conservation, and protection of public lands, wetlands, and resources.Wittman prioritizes developing the workforce and promotes Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. He also wants to address student loan debt and make education and college more affordable. His plan focuses on the use of “529” tax-advantaged savings plans designed to help pay for workforce training, credentialing programs, and schooling.

Gun Policy

Wittman supports the right to bear arms. He looks to end gun violence by preventing criminals from gaining access to firearms in the first place.

Health Care

Wittman wants a healthcare system that provides expanded access to coverage, enhancement in transparency, and a focus on patient-provider centered reforms. As Co-Chair of the Public Health Caucus, he is committed to raising awareness on various public health and prevention issues and federal policies.

Immigration

Wittman believes in the securing of the U.S. border and reinstatement of asylum agreements and migrant protection protocols to expel illegal immigrants.

Reproductive Health

Wittman opposes abortion and has voted to defund Planned Parenthood. He authored The Adoption Information Act, which would require family planning services to provide contact information for adoption services.

Endorsements

Ryan McDougle, District 4, Virginia State Senate; Siobhan Dunnavant, District 12, Virginia State Senate; Bryce Reeves, District 17, Virginia State Senate; Mark Cole, District 88, Virginia House of Delegates; Amanda Batten, District 96, Virginia House of Delegates; Scott Wyatt, District 97, Virginia House of Delegates; Keith Hodges, District 98, Virginia House of Delegates; Margaret Ransone, District 99, Virginia House of Delegates; W. Canova Peterson, Supervisor, Mechanicsville District, Hanover County; Michael Herzberg, Supervisor, Cold Harbor District, Hanover County; Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Supervisor, Chickahominy District, Hanover County; Sean Davis, Supervisor, Henry District, Hanover County; Sue Sadler, Supervisor, Stonehouse District, James City County; Jeff Bueche, Supervisor, James Monroe District, King George County; John Lockwood, Supervisor, District 5, New Kent County; Jeanine Lawson, Supervisor, Brentsville District, Prince William County; Yesli Vega, Supervisor, Coles District, Prince William County; Travis Bird Commonwealth’s Attorney, Spotsylvania County; Mark Dudenhefer, Supervisor, Garrisonville District, Stafford County; Cindy Shelton, Supervisor, Aquia District, Stafford County; Crystal Vanuch, Supervisor, Rock Hill District, Stafford County; Gary Snellings, Supervisor, Hartwood District, Stafford County; Bob Mosier, Sheriff, Fauquier County; David Hardin, Sheriff, James City County; Tony Lippa, Sheriff, Caroline County; Jeff Walton, Sheriff, King William County; David P. Bushey, Sheriff, Middlesex County; Chris Giles, Sheriff, King George County; John Charboneau, Sheriff, King & Queen County; David R. Hines, Sheriff, Hanover County; Stephan B. Smith, Sheriff, Richmond County; Darrell W. Warren Jr., Sheriff, Gloucester County; Johnny Beauchamp, Sheriff, Northumberland County; Patrick McCranie, Sheriff, Lancaster County; David P. Decatur, Sheriff, Stafford County; Mark Barrick, Sheriff, Mathews County; Glen Hill, Sheriff, Prince William County; Arnie Holmes, Sheriff, Essex County; Roger Harris, Sheriff, Spotsylvania County

Sources

U.S. Representative Rob Wittman
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