Bob Goodlatte proudly represents the people of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.
While in Congress, Bob has focused on advancing conservative principles and policies that limit the size and scope of the federal government, promote fiscal responsibility, encourage economic growth and job creation, protect the rights of Americans, and hold the federal government accountable to the American people. One of his top legislative priorities is a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution that would require the federal government to control spending.
Bob currently serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where he has been an active member since arriving in Congress. The House Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over a variety of issues that are the forefront of debate in Congress, including: immigration reform; Constitutional amendments and protecting Constitutional rights, including private property and Second Amendment rights; the Internet and technology; copyright, patent and trademark laws; and oversight of the Judicial system, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. Bob is the first Chairman of this Committee from Virginia in more than 125 years.
In addition to serving on the House Judiciary Committee, Bob also serves as Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. The Sixth District is home to a diverse agricultural community and is also one of the leading turkey and poultry producing districts in the nation. He is a member of the Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit Subcommittee as well as the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition. Bob has served the Agriculture Committee in a variety of leadership roles, including as Chairman from 2003-2007.
Bob’s service to the people of the Sixth District began in 1977 when he became District Director for former Congressman Caldwell Butler. In this position, he was responsible for helping folks from across the District seeking assistance with a variety of federal agencies. In 1979, he founded his own private law practice in Roanoke. In 1981, he joined the law firm of Bird, Kinder and Huffman as a partner, working there until taking office.
Bob is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree in Government from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Bob and his wife, Maryellen, reside in Roanoke. They have two adult children, Jennifer and Rob.