Rob Wittman was first elected to serve the First Congressional District of Virginia – America’s First District – in December of 2007. Rob has earned a reputation of always putting his constituents first, and constantly travels the roads of the district from Prince William County to Fredericksburg to the Northern Neck to Williamsburg. Rob commutes from his home in Montross to Washington and back every day Congress is in session.
Rob’s passion for the First District began very early in life. He spent his summers in high school and college working at a Leedstown tomato cannery and on a Reedville fishing boat. It was there that here he met his wife Kathryn, a Westmoreland County native.
Rob’s work in Montross right after college, including revitalizing the local Boy Scouts troop and co-founding a Jaycees chapter, instilled a strong dedication to public service. He first served elected office as a member of the Montross Town Council, and believes strongly in empowering leaders and local governments to solve challenges facing their communities. His career as a Field Director for the Virginia Health Department’s Division of Shellfish Sanitation and an environmental health specialist gave him a unique perspective into what business owners, farmers, public officials, and consumers face within the complex Chesapeake Bay economy.
Rob fights for our men and women in uniform and their families, serving as the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee within the Armed Services Committee, the Co-Chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, and Chairman of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors. He strongly advocates for increasing our Naval fleet to 355 ships, well-trained and equipped personnel, and a healthy domestic shipbuilding industry. He currently leads the Congressional oversight of recent ship collisions in the Pacific in order to determine and implement better training and testing measures to prevent future loss of life.
Rob also continuously works to ensure our veterans receive world-class care and benefits when they come home and are equipped to succeed in their post-service professional and educational goals. In both the 114th and 115th Congresses, Rob introduced three pieces of legislation that would establish oversight and accountability measures to keep the Veterans Administration (VA) on track, while also allowing for better collaboration and coordination among VA/DoD doctors.
As a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, Rob has sponsored the No Budget No Pay Act and the Stay on Schedule resolution as an outspoken advocate for a timely appropriations process and return regular order in Congress. He has also sponsored numerous amendments to cut wasteful government spending and burdensome red tape.
Rob actively works on issues unique to the First District. He is a leading voice for the Chesapeake Bay, and his Chesapeake Bay Accountability Act was signed into law in 2014 increasing the coordination and transparency within Bay clean-up. He has brought top federal leaders to the district to discuss strategic initiatives for expanding broadband internet in rural areas and to restore navigation markers to waterways in the Middle Peninsula. His bipartisan legislation has ensured federal employees don’t lose pay during a government shutdown.
Prior to serving in Congress, Rob served in the Virginia House of Delegates for the 99th District as well as the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors and as Mayor of the Town of Montross.
Rob and his wife, Kathryn, a teacher at Cople Elementary School in Hague, live in Montross. They have two children: a daughter, Devon, son-in-law Daniel Gooch, and a son, Josh, and daughter-in-law, Tiffany. Rob and Kathryn are the proud grandparents to four wonderful grandchildren. During Rob’s brief moments of spare time, he enjoys going to his grandchildren’s games and recitals, as well spending time with his yellow labs. As an avid hunter and fisherman, Rob enjoys being outside and taking in all the beauty the First District has to offer.