At a Glance
- Career History: Virginia House of Delegates (2005-2007), Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors (1996-2005), Director of Field Operations for the Virginia Health Department's Division of Shellfish Sanitation (1992-2007)
- Birthday: February 3, 1959
- Residence: Montross, Virginia
- Alma Mater: B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Master's in public health, University of North Carolina; Ph.D. in public policy and administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Spouse: Kathryn Jane Sisson
- Religion: Episcopalian
- Committees: Armed Services Committee (ranking member on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations), Natural Ressources Committee
- DC Office: 1318 Longworth House Office Building: 202-225-4261
- District Offices: Yorktown office: 757-874-6687; Fredericksburg office: 540-548-1086; Tappahannock office: 804-443-0668
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Path To Power
Raised in Richmond, Wittman studied biology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He went on to earn a master's in public health from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He wrote his 560-page dissertation on shellfish regulations to examine what motivates scientific decisions. "Are they truly based solely on science or do political, social and economic characteristics creep in?," he said in 2007.
In 1984, Wittman started work as an environmental-health specialist for the Middle Peninsula Virginia Department of Health. He eventually became the field director for the Virginia Health Department's Division of Shellfish Sanitation, a position he held from 1992 until his election to Congress in 2007.
Given his district's proximity to Washington, Wittman has worked to attract federal jobs to the region. He has championed the creation of a secure telecommuting center in his district and the inclusion of the Fredericksburg area in the National Capital Region.
Wittman typically cultivates a low-key profile and avoids heated rhetoric when attacking Democratic proposals, which has led some tea party activists who would want him to use words like "socialists" to express discontent. Yet, in 2009 he avoided offering a clear answer when confronted with questions about President Barack Obama's birthplace at a townhall. The Daily Press reported that he left the door open to the existence of still-undisclosed information and that he didn't take a firm stance when asked whether Obama was a citizen.
Wittman is a member of the Republican Study Committee, a large group of lawmakers who represent the GOP's conservative wing.
He works with Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Mo.) as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus.