Why He Matters
Since he began serving Virginia's 6th district in 1977, Goodlatte has been a leader in two major realms: agriculture and technology. As the former chairman and later ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, he helped shepherd the 2008 farm bill through the House by a veto-proof margin.
As co-chairman of the Congressional Internet Caucus and the House Republican High Technology Working Group, he also championed technology. In these positions, he pressed congressional leaders of both parties to make technology a priority by encouraging innovation, green technologies, free trade, lower taxes, electronic health records, and incentives for high-skilled workers to come to the U.S.