Candidate Profile
Rob Wittman

Republican , Virginia

Biography

Name
Rob Wittman
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. House, Dist. 1
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 98% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  96%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  93%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  72%, 92% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  89%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  90%, 88% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  86%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  B+
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  93%, 76% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  94%, 76% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
Club for Growth, 2019:  79%, 74% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  70% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  64% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  64% (cum.)

88%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  43%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  26%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  25%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  23%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  11%, 14% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  20%, 12% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  6%, 11% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  9%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 8% (cum.)
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  8%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  8%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

10%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

5
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, Campaign for Working Families, *Family Research Council Action PAC, *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life

Others

2
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), Pro-Israel America

Reported by Candidate

2
National Right to Life, US Chamber of Commerce

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
40
A. Benton Chafin (2014), Amanda Chase (2019), Amanda E. Batten (2019), American Success PAC (2008), Bob Marshall (2015), Brenda Pogge (2015) and 34 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
78
13th Colony Leadership Committee (2008), Adam Putnam (2008), American Success PAC (2008), Ann PAC (2018), Bernie Marcus (2019), Better Leadership - Better America (2013) and 72 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
12
Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Federation of Government Employees (2017), American Maritime Officers (2019), International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2019), International Association of Masters, Mates, and Pilots (2020), Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (2020) and 6 more

Summary

10%

LIBERAL

90%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

As a child of adoption, I value protecting the sanctity of life and will continue to be a standard-bearer for upholding family values. My birth mother’s decision to choose life gave me more opportunities than she felt she could provide. I believe all life is precious and deserves to be protected. I have voted in favor of legislation that provides exemptions for rape, incest, and to prevent the death of the mother because the overall policy advances the priority of protecting life.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security has served our nation well, providing retirement security for millions of Americans. This program must be saved to ensure the long-term sustainability of Social Security. Congress should not change Social Security eligibility rules or benefits for anyone currently enrolled in these programs or for those who are age 55 and older. I believe we must honor the commitment to current beneficiaries and those who are nearing enrollment.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Reducing Non-defense spending along with addressing autopilot spending programs will be critical to protecting our nation’s long-term fiscal health.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Our education system serves our young people best when the federal footprint is reduced, and therefore I don’t support taxpayers paying off all student loans. Outside a select few current exciting circumstances (death, permanent disability, The Public Loan Forgiveness Program, Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, etc.) the student bower must be responsible for repaying their own education loan.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The “Father of the Constitution” James Madison said it best when he identified the imperfect and fallen nature of man as the need for limited government and separate powers when he wrote in Federalist 51 that, “if men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government be necessary.”


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Obamacare has not fulfilled the promises Democrats made to the American people. It has shown that government-run health care does not sufficiently address the core challenges facing our health care system; in many cases, physician choice disappeared, and premium costs skyrocketed. Patients and their doctors should be in control of their own health care decisions and families should have the option to see a doctor of their choice. In contrast to the Democrats’ approach to health care, Republicans have advanced -- and continue to work on -- transparent, innovative, and consumer-driven solutions to lower costs, inject more choice into the system, and put people back in control of their health care decisions. I continue to be focused on a better health care future for all Americans and work to protect vulnerable populations, combat the opioid crisis, promote research into cures and innovative treatments, improve veterans’ care, and provide more choices and flexibility.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

We must be ever vigilant in protecting our homeland to ensure all of our citizens can live in peace and security, this includes enhancing border and port security and strengthening immigration policies to keep terrorists from ever entering the U.S. I believe America, and the world, will be a safer place if the United States takes a leadership role in addressing the global challenge of radical Islamic terrorism. My objective is to ensure we bring the full capabilities of our armed forces to bear in meeting the reality of the threats facing the United States and to project power around the globe to deter our adversaries and defeat radical extremism abroad with the support of allies and partners in the Middle East.


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Although America is a nation of immigrants, those wishing to enter the country need to come here legally. Our approach to combating illegal immigration must be comprehensive and include permanently securing our border and investing in our Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officers. We must ensure that our laws are enforced, immigration programs work properly, and we provide the proper resources for law enforcement officials. We must take the necessary steps to deter people from coming to our country illegally by requiring employers to utilize the E-Verify system to confirm that all future hires are eligible to work in the United States; ending chain migration by eliminating extended family visa categories that allow U.S. citizens to sponsor extended, non-nuclear family members; and replacing the visa-lottery system, that grants green cards through a random lottery with no regard to work experience or educational background, with a merit-based system instead.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a practicing Christian who is active in the faith community on Capitol Hill through weekly Bible studies and the Congressional Prayer Caucus. My faith grounds my public service in an environment that can often be very combative and frustrating. Daily prayer reminds me that despite our political differences many of my fellow Members agree on the values of integrity, service and personal sacrifice that can bring us together to advance our nation. The great commandment exhortation to love your neighbor serves as the foundation for my commitment to public service as I strive to serve God and the people I represent.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

100% Score from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) 100% Score from the Family Research Council American Conservative Union Foundation Award for Conservative Excellence 94% Score from Heritage Action for America

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

As a child of adoption, I am thankful everyday that my parents chose me and raised me in a loving family. This upbringing has driven me to a life of caring and serving others by applying conservative principles to government so that everyone could have the same opportunities that I have been blessed with.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

As a gun owner and strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, I believe the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is an individually possessed right, as are all rights protected in our Constitution. Throughout my time in Congress I have supported and will continue to support policies that protect the Second Amendment. Rest assured, that I am committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

National Security- I work to ensure our troops receive the resources they need to be successful. We must bring the capability of our Armed Forces closer to meeting the reality of the threats facing the US and project power around the globe to deter our adversaries. Economic Strength- As the economy begins to open up, we need to support our small businesses and prepare potential employees to fill jobs as they become available. We must continue to incentivize rehiring, remove regulatory barriers to job creation, and return our supply chain back from China; the Government’s role should be to eliminate barriers to success, not create them. Fiscal Responsibility- We must take tangible steps to reduce our deficit and debt. We can certainly start with eliminating duplicative programs, wasteful spending, and fraud. We must also address the broken budget and appropriation system by returning to regular order and bring transparency back to the budget and appropriations process.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

We can and must do better to ensure equality, equity, and equal treatment for all. We must extinguish underlying biases and racism in our society, and we do that by taking the time to listen, understand, and respect each other. Everyone from the local, state, and national levels must work together to achieve lasting change to stop the re-occurrence of the injustices that we see.


Background

Education
  • VCU, Richmond, PHD in Public Policy and Administration, 2002
  • UNC, Chapel Hill, MPH, 1990
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1981
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Northern Neck Food Bank, Volunteer
  • Quantico Injured Warrior, Host annual wounded warrior hunt
  • Ducks Unlimited, Member and 2015 DU Wetland Conservation Award
  • Westmoreland County Republican Committee, Member
Offices
  • US House of Representatives, Held 2007-present
  • Virginia House of Delegates, Held 2005-2007
 

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