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Rep. Robert Aderholt

Representative for Alabama’s 4th District

pronounced RAH-bert // A-der-hohlt

Aderholt is the representative for Alabama’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 7, 1997. Aderholt is next up for reelection in 2020.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2010 Aderholt was investigated for keeping the difference between his requested travel per diems and the amount he actually spent. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended no further action.

Jul. 30, 2010 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations
Dec. 31, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommended no further action
Photo of Rep. Robert Aderholt [R-AL4]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Aderholt.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Aderholt is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Aderholt has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

NumbersUSA: 91% United States Chamber of Commerce: 83% Americans for Prosperity: 82% The Club for Growth: 52% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D American Civil Liberties Union: 4% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 3% Human Rights Campaign: 0% League of Conservation Voters: 0% NIAC Action: F

Committee Membership

Robert Aderholt sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Aderholt was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Aderholt sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (40%) Science, Technology, Communications (20%) Agriculture and Food (20%) Health (20%)

Recent Bills

Some of Aderholt’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Aderholt voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Aderholt voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Aderholt voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Aderholt voted Aye

Aderholt voted Nay

Aderholt voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Aderholt voted Aye

Passed 289/112 on Apr 15, 2010.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Oct 2019, Aderholt missed 410 of 15,278 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: