William Robert “Rob” Woodall III // (born February 11, 1970) is an American attorney and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 7th congressional district since 2011. The district includes most of Gwinnett County, an affluent suburban county northeast of Atlanta. He is a Republican. Prior to being elected to Congress, he worked for his predecessor, John Linder from 1994 to 2010, eventually becoming Linder's chief of staff. Congressman Woodall announced on February 7th, 2019, that he will not be seeking re-election for a 6th term in 2020.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 7th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||John Linder|
|Chair of the Republican Study Committee|
August 1, 2014 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Steve Scalise|
|Succeeded by||Bill Flores|
|Born||February 11, 1970|
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||Furman University (BA)|
University of Georgia (JD)
Early life, education, and careerEdit
Woodall was born in Athens, Georgia. He attended both public and private grade schools, graduating from Marist School in 1988. He attended Furman University followed by law school at the University of Georgia. While attending law school, he spent summers working in a Washington, D.C. law firm. He left law school after the summer of 1994 to work for his hometown U.S. Representative, John Linder, where he began working as a legislative correspondent and eventually served as Linder's chief of staff in 2000. Woodall graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1998.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
Woodall won the Republican primary with about 56% of the vote against Jody Hice. He faced Democrat Doug Heckman in the 2010 General Election. On November 2, 2010, Woodall defeated Heckman to win the general election.
Woodall addressed the U.S. House on October 26, 2011, calling for reduced regulations on businesses.
In 2012, Woodall won the election with 62.16% of the 252,066 votes cast, against Steve Reilly (D).
In 2014, Woodall won the election with 65.39% of the 173,669 votes cast, against Thomas D. Wight (D).
In 2016, Woodall won the election with 60.38% of the 288,301 votes cast, against Rashid Malik (D).
In 2018, Woodall faced Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux. Woodall was supported by the Great America Committee, a political action committee registered by Vice President Mike Pence. The race proved to be unexpectedly competitive, and Woodall defeated Bourdeaux by only 433 votes after a recount. The race was the closest of the 2018 House elections. It was the closest that a Democrat has come to winning this district since its creation in 1993 (it was numbered as the 4th District from 1993 to 1997, the 11th from 1997 to 2003, and has been the 7th since 2003).
Woodall took office as part of the 112th United States Congress in January 2011. In July 2014, Woodall was elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative Republican lawmakers, succeeding Steve Scalise. Woodall was replaced as chairman in November 2014 by Bill Flores (TX-17).
Interest group ratingsEdit
Woodall has a "B" rating from marijuana legalization advocacy organization the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes.
He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. After the passage of the bill, Woodall stated that it "marks tremendous progress and is the fulfillment of a commitment made to the American people."
Woodall was one of only six House Republicans in the 112th Congress who did not sign Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," stating that "my commitment to the Fair Tax and a common-sense tax overhaul makes it impossible for me to support the second component of the Pledge, which states that I must 'oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.'"
Woodall introduced the Baseline Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 1871; 113th Congress) into the House on May 8, 2013. The bill would change the way in which discretionary appropriations for individual accounts are projected in the Congressional Budget Office's baseline. Under H.R. 1871, projections of such spending would still be based on the current year's appropriations, but would not be adjusted for inflation going forward.
Woodall co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act. In October 2011, Woodall voted for legislation to restrict how private insurance companies listed on a public insurance exchange may offer abortion coverage.
Upon the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S, Woodall disagreed with the federal government's approach to deciding the issue for the entire nation, rather than allowing states to make the decision individually.
Woodall was one of only six Republicans who opposed legislation that would require all states to honor the concealed weapons permits of other states, arguing that the bill was unnecessary because the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution already gives Americans the right to bear arms.
On July 24, 2013, Woodall voted against Representative Justin Amash's (R-Michigan) amendment to HR 2397 which would have ended the National Security Agency's ability to collect and store data on the phone calls of every American without a warrant.[not in citation given]
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- Congressman Rob Woodall official U.S. House site
- Rob Woodall for Congress
- Rob Woodall at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 7th congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Chair of the Republican Study Committee
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority