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Bob Goodlatte

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1993
Preceded by Jim Olin

Born September 22, 1952 (1952-09-22) (age 57)
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maryellen Flaherty
Residence Roanoke, Virginia
Alma mater Bates College, Washington and Lee University
Occupation attorney
Religion Christian Science

Robert William "Bob" Goodlatte (pronounced /ˈɡʊdlæt/; born September 22, 1952) is a Republican U.S. Representative from Virginia. He serves as the congressman for the 6th District, which is based in Roanoke and also includes Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and Staunton.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Goodlatte received a B.A. in political science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1974. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, which he earned in 1977. Goodlatte was an attorney in private practice in his early professional career before becoming a staff aide for 6th District congressman M. Caldwell Butler from 1977 to 1979.

After Butler's successor, Democrat Jim Olin, opted not to run for reelection in 1992, Goodlatte won the Republican nomination and was elected in November with 60 percent of the vote. He has been reelected eight times with no substantive opposition, and even ran unopposed in 1994 and from 2000 to 2004.

During his time in Congress, Goodlatte has been a member of the Agriculture Committee, serving as the committee's chairman from 2003 to 2007.

Goodlatte has a mostly conservative voting record, reflecting a growing conservative trend in what was historically a moderate Republican district. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee.


Committee assignments

Internet legislation

Goodlatte is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online gambling. In 2006, he sponsored H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[1] In September 2006, working with now defeated Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, Goodlatte was a major House supporter of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. The Act was passed at midnight the day Congress adjourned before the 2006 elections. Prior to it being added to the bill, the gambling provisions had not been debated by any Congressional committee.[2]

H.R 1503

On May 5, 2009, Goodlatte signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1503, a bill to require future presidential candidates to provide proof of citizenship by submitting copies of their birth certificate. The bill has been described as a response to the theories which claim that U.S. President Barack Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen.[3]

Electoral history

Virginia's 6th congressional district: Results 1992–2008[4]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct
1992 Stephen A. Musselwhite 84,618 40% Bob Goodlatte 127,309 60% *
1994 (no candidate) Bob Goodlatte 126,455 100% *
1996 Jeffrey W. Grey 61,485 31% Bob Goodlatte 133,576 67% Jay P. Rutledge 4,229 2% *
1998 David A. Bowers 39,487 31% Bob Goodlatte 89,177 69% *
2000 (no candidate) Bob Goodlatte 153,338 99% Write-ins 1,145 1%
2002 (no candidate) Bob Goodlatte 105,530 97% Write-ins 3,202 3%
2004 (no candidate) Bob Goodlatte 206,560 97% Write-ins 7,088 3%
2006 (no candidate) Bob Goodlatte 153,187 75% Barbara Jean Pryor 25,129 12% Andre D. Peery 24,731 12% *
2008 Sam Rasoul 114,367 37% Bob Goodlatte 192,350 62% Janice Lee Allen 5,413 2% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1992, write-ins received 160 votes. In 1994, write-ins received 189 votes. In 1996, write-ins received 71 votes. In 1998, write-ins received 66 votes. In 2006, write-ins received 948 votes. In 2008, write-ins received 262 votes.


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Congressman Bob Goodlatte (left) honoring a Korean War veteran in 2009.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Olin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

January 3, 1993 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Combest
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
Succeeded by
Collin Peterson

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