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Hon. Bob Goodlatte

U.S. House of Representatives
Co-Chairman, Congressional Internet Caucus

Bob Goodlatte proudly represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.

As the Sixth District’s representative, Bob has worked diligently to protect the freedoms and civil liberties enshrined in the United States Constitution, including private property and Second Amendment rights. He is also focused on securing our borders through immigration reform, creating a pro-growth, pro-jobs economy, increasing access to health care, simplifying the federal tax code, ensuring veterans receive the care they deserve, and lessening the regulatory burden on the American people. Additionally, one of Bob’s top legislative initiatives is his constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget so that Congress will be forced to control spending.

In the 113th Congress, Bob was elected to serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Bob has been an active member of the Judiciary Committee since arriving in Congress, serving in several leadership positions on the Committee, including Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet in the 112th Congress, and Ranking Member of the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment in the 111th Congress.

Bob also serves as a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee. He sits on the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture as well as the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. During the 108th and 109th Congresses, Bob served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee.

Additionally, Bob is Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, the Congressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus, and the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus.

Bob grew up working in his father's Friendly's Restaurant and later painted school buses at Blue Bird in Buena Vista. His service to the people of the Sixth District began in 1977 when he became District Director for former Congressman Caldwell Butler. Bob served in this position for two years until 1979, and was responsible for helping folks across the District seeking assistance with or encountering problems from various federal agencies. In 1979, he founded his own private law practice in Roanoke. Later, he was a partner in the law firm of Bird, Kinder and Huffman, working there from 1981 until taking office.

Bob is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va., and his undergraduate degree in Government was earned at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He resides in Roanoke with his wife of more than 40 years, Maryellen. They raised two children, Jennifer and Bobby, in the Roanoke community and are proud grandparents.