Robert J. 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 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. 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.
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
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Chairman)
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
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.
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 Green candidate was Lucky Narain.
Wittman was elected to his first full term on November 4, 2008.
Wittman won reelection in 2010, defeating Independent-Green candidate Gail Parker and Democrat Krystal Ball.
February 24, 2012