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Rob Wittman

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
Assumed office 
December 11, 2007
Preceded by Jo Ann Davis

Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 99th district
In office
January 13, 2006 – December 11, 2007
Preceded by Albert C. Pollard
Succeeded by Albert C. Pollard

Born February 3, 1959
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathryn Jane Sisson
Residence Montross, Virginia
Alma mater Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University
Occupation Member of U.S. Congress
Religion Episcopalian

Robert J. Wittman (born February 3, 1959) is currently the Republican representative of Virginia's 1st congressional district. 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.[1]


Early life

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. 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 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph. D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Wittman previously 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. Outside of politics, 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.[2]


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.

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.[3] Wittman was elected to his first full-term on November 4, 2008.[4]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jo Ann Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

December 13, 2007 – present
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Bill Foster
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Bob Latta
Representatives to the 110th and 111th United States Congress from Virginia (ordered by seniority)
111th Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | R. Wittman | B. Nye | T. Perrielo | G. Connolly
110th Senate: J. Warner | J. Webb House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | J. Davis | T. Davis | V. Goode | T. Drake | R. Wittman


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