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Rep. Robert Pittenger

Former Representative for North Carolina’s 9th District

pronounced RAH-bert // PIT-un-jer

Pittenger was the representative for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2015 Pittenger was investigated for compensation for his involvement with a fiduciary business, a real estate investment firm known as Pittenger Land Investments, Inc. The House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice. In May 2017, the FBI closed the investigation without making any charges. The Committee ceased investigating with the end of the 115th Congress because Pittenger lost his election and they no longer had jurisdiction.

Nov. 18, 2015 House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice
Jan. 2, 2017 House Committee on Ethics continued to defer to the Department of Justice
May 2017 The FBI closed the investigation without making any charges.
Nov. 6, 2018 Pittenger lost the election.
Jan. 2, 2019 House Committee on Ethics ceased investigating with the end of the 115th Congress because they no longer had jurisdiction.
Photo of Rep. Robert Pittenger [R-NC9, 2013-2018]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Pittenger.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pittenger is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Pittenger sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Pittenger was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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

Pittenger sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (58%) International Affairs (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Native Americans (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Arts, Culture, Religion (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Pittenger voted Nay

Passed 383/2 on Apr 16, 2018.

H.R. 146 takes specified lands and easements in Monroe County, Tennessee, into trust for the benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. These lands ...

Pittenger voted Yea

Passed 266/167 on Oct 28, 2015.

This vote turned this bill into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by replacing the text of the bill in whole. H.R. 1314 was previously ...

Pittenger voted Aye

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. ...

Pittenger 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 ...

Pittenger 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 ...

Pittenger voted Aye

Pittenger voted No

Pittenger voted Nay

Passed 395/29 on Jan 22, 2013.

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Pub.L. 113–5, H.R. 307, enacted March 13, 2013) is a law enacted by the 113th United ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2018, Pittenger missed 174 of 3,739 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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