Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman has been an active member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) since his election to Congress in 2007. He served as Vice-Chair in the 113th Congress, and served as CSC Co-Chair during the 114th Congress.
During his time representing Virginia’s 1st District in the House of Representatives, Congressman Wittman has established himself as a champion on sportsmen’s issues, and has supported a number of bills aimed at ensuring that sportsmen and women across America can continue to enjoy rewarding outdoor endeavors. One of these bills, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act, passed both chambers of Congress and was signed into law by the President in December 2014. This legislation would permanently make federal duck stamps available for purchase online. Congressman Wittman also sponsored the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act or SHARE Act; an important effort to protect and enhance access and conservation for the sportsmen community, which passed the House in 2016.
“The contributions of the sporting community are absolutely critical for promoting conservation efforts across the nation. As a lifelong hunter and fisherman, I am proud to have served as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus for the 114th Congress. Although no longer chairman, I am eager to continue working to enact policies that protect the rights of our citizens to enjoy sporting activities in the outdoors.”
Congressman Wittman – an avid hunter and angler – resides in Montross, Va. with his wife, Kathryn. In addition to serving as Co-Chair of the CSC, he serves as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he Chairs the Readiness Subcommittee.
Rep. Wittman red snapper fishing
Rep. Wittman hunting Canada goose
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Recently, Virginia has proposed legislation that would make the punishment for poaching, in their state, a 1-5 year prison sentence through HB-449. Poaching undermines the social acceptance of hunters, jobs, recreation, local and state economies, and conservation efforts. How should poachers be punished?Vote Here
- By sentencing them to jail time. (37.25%)
- By giving them a cash fine. (12.75%)
- By banning their hunting and fishing privileges and their ability to buy the necessary licenses. (15.69%)
- By putting them on a probation period. (0.98%)
- There should be some discretion in the penalties depending on the motivations for the poaching incident. (33.33%)