On the Ballot: House of Representatives 1st District

Robert Wittman (left) Matt Rowe (center) Gail Parker (right)

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R) will take on democratic challenger Matt Rowe and independent candidate Gail Parker in the 1st Congressional District race November 8. This district covers 20 localities, stretching from Hampton Roads through the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck into the Fredericksburg area and Prince William County.

Robert J. “Rob” Wittman (R) (Incumbent)

(Information courtesy of http://wittman.house.gov/about/biography.htm)

Rob Wittman was first elected to serve the First Congressional District of Virginia – America’s First District – in December of 2007. He was re-elected for his fourth full term in the House of Representatives in November 2014. For more than 20 years, Rob has served in several levels of government, from Montross Town Council to United States Congress. Rob won his first campaign for public office in 1986 when he was elected to the Montross Town Council, where he served for 10 years, four of them as Mayor. In 1995, Rob was elected to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors and was elected its Chairman in 2003. In 2005, voters in the 99th Legislative District elected Rob to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2007.

Courtesy: Robert Wittman/Wikipedia Page)
Courtesy: Robert Wittman/Wikipedia Page)

In the U.S. Congress, Rob serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is well-positioned to represent the needs of Virginia’s First District. He has quickly earned a reputation for being an advocate for our men and women in uniform and for being a champion of the Chesapeake Bay.

On the Armed Services Committee, Rob serves as the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, and on the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee. In addition, as Co-Chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, he is a staunch advocate for a robust Naval fleet and a healthy domestic shipbuilding industry. Rob has served as Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors since 2010.

As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob brings his professional expertise in water quality, fisheries, and other natural resource issues. He is a champion of the Chesapeake Bay — for its environmental and economic attributes — and has introduced legislation that will increase the accountability and effectiveness of cleaning up the Bay. He serves as co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus, which brings Bay issues into focus for Members of Congress.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rob spent 26 years working in state government, most recently as Field Director for the Virginia Health Department’s Division of Shellfish Sanitation. Earlier, he worked for many years as an environmental health specialist for local health departments in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions.

He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech.

Rob’s wife, Kathryn, a teacher at Cople Elementary School in Hague, Virginia, is a Westmoreland County native whom he met when he spent high school and college summer recesses working in a Leedstown tomato cannery and on a Reedville fishing boat in the Northern Neck. They live in Montross and have two children: daughter Devon, son-in-law Daniel Gooch, son Josh, and daughter-in-law Tiffany. They also have four grandchildren.

Rob is an avid hunter and fisherman, and when possible, he enjoys spending time with his yellow Labrador Retrievers.

M. D. “Matt” Rowe (D)

(Information courtesy of http://www.mattrowe.org/about)

Courtesy: MattRowe.org
Courtesy: MattRowe.org


First and foremost, I am a husband to a wonderful wife and father to three amazing kids. I currently serve on the town council in Bowling Green, Virginia, in the heart of Caroline County. I’m a native Virginian, raised by my mom, a teacher’s assistant, and my dad, a land surveyor.

I am a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and I earned my post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. I currently work in Stafford County as a G.I.S. analyst.

I’m running for Congress because we need a representative that will work tirelessly to improve the day-to-day lives of everyone in the district. We need a representative that doesn’t just believe in big government or small government, but smart, efficient government.

Finally, we need more representatives in Washington that speak to our hopes and aspirations and don’t simply cater to our fears. If elected, I can be that representative for you.

Glenda Gail Parker (I)

(Information courtesy of http://gailparker.us/about-gail/)

Courtesy: GailParker.us
Courtesy: GailParker.us

Gail is very proud of her children and grandchildren. Gail understands family concerns. Two of Gail’s three children went to Hayfield High School. Her daughter, Sonya, graduated from George Mason University.

Gail is a woman of strong faith and Virginia values. Gail has a strong religious upbringing.

Gail’s graduate degree is in Business Administration, her undergrad degree is in Business Management.

Gail holds a certificate in Software Engineering Administration equivalent to a second master’s degree and is a certified Information System Security Professional.

Gail has a love of nature, having been born in Athens, Arkansas and raised in rural Oklahoma.