Congressman Robert Aderholt
Serving Alabama's 4th Congressional District
Congressman Robert Aderholt was re-elected in November 2008 to his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Fourth Congressional District of Alabama.
Congressman Aderholt serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, as a member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee and the Commerce Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Additionally, the Congressman is on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (better known as the Helsinki Commission). The Helsinki Commission is made up of 56 countries around the world and monitors human rights in Europe and Central Asia.
Congressman Aderholt has continued to work toward bringing record levels of funding to Alabama for transportation projects. Congressman Aderholt campaigned on a promise to continue his commitment to improve transportation in Alabama. This commitment involves making roads safer, improving economic development, and creating more jobs for the Fourth Congressional District and all of Alabama.
Congressman Aderholt has also worked to bring local concerns of the Fourth Congressional District into the national spotlight. When funding for home health care was cut, Congressman Aderholt introduced legislation to reinstate home health services. And when steel workers from Gulf States Steel in Gadsden came to Washington to discuss their concerns about loss of jobs within the U.S. steel industry due to illegal foreign steel dumping, Congressman Aderholt responded by introducing the "U.S. Steel Jobs Protection Act." He continues to fight against the loss of jobs due to unfair competition from foreign countries.
Congressman Aderholt believes that the federal government has a role in assisting state and local projects as well as economic development efforts. At the same time he believes in responsible budgeting and feels that with an appropriate balance, Congress can work to make sure the government operates within its means.
Congressman Aderholt is married to the former Caroline McDonald of Huntsville. He was educated through Alabama's public school system and continued his education at the University of North Alabama. He graduated from Birmingham Southern College, and also graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1990. After graduation, Congressman Aderholt was legal assistant to Alabama Governor Fob James in 1995 and 1996, and served four years as Municipal Judge in his hometown of Haleyville.
Born on July 22, 1965, and raised in Alabama, Congressman Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, reside in Haleyville with their daughter, Mary Elliott, who was born in 1999, and their son, Robert Hayes, who was born in 2004. When Congress is in session, Congressman Aderholt's family joins him in Washington, DC.