Robert Pittenger is serving his third term in the United States House of Representatives, representing the citizens of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, including southern Mecklenburg County, all of Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, and Robeson counties, and large portions of Cumberland and Bladen counties. Congressman Pittenger’s district is home to America’s second largest financial center, located in Charlotte, includes many of the communities which support Ft. Bragg, and is a major producer of chicken, turkey, and pork.
Congressman Pittenger serves as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, where he provides leadership on efforts to intercept the money used to finance radical Islamic terrorism. As Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Congressman Pittenger has met with hundreds of world leaders and security experts to advocate increased global cooperation in the fight against ISIS and radical Islamic jihad. To help advance these goals, Congressman Pittenger developed and has now hosted seven major forums bringing together over 600 Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors, and other top officials from nearly 60 nations to discuss terrorism, terrorism financing, cyberwar, Intelligence, and security concerns with Congressional leaders and top international experts.
Congressman Pittenger serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, with a special focus on supporting small businesses, community banks, and credit unions. Additional assignments include the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee and the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee. House Speaker Paul Ryan also appointed Congressman Pittenger to his third term on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which monitors human rights in China.
Congressman Pittenger brings a strong conservative voice to his role with House Leadership, serving as a Member of the Whip Team and on the Steering Committee of the conservative Republican Study Committee.
During his tenure in the North Carolina Senate (2003-2008), Congressman Pittenger focused on strengthening the state’s financial foundation, identifying over $1.5 billion in spending cuts to balance the state’s budget and fighting for lower taxes, medical litigation reform, and to eliminate waste and fraud in Medicaid. He was a lead sponsor of Right to Life legislation and the marriage amendment, and has been recognized for his strong support of the Second Amendment.
Born and raised in Texas, Robert was the youngest of four children. His dad was a small business owner, and his mother raised the children. Their guidance provided a solid foundation for honesty, hard work, and dedication. Upon graduating from the University of Texas, Congressman Pittenger worked for 10 years as Assistant to the President of Campus Crusade for Christ, helping to bring the work of the organization to over 170 countries. In 1985, Congressman Pittenger and his family moved to Charlotte, where he built a highly-respected small business from scratch.
Congressman Pittenger believes he was elected to serve. Since taking office, Congressman Pittenger and his staff have helped more than 3,000 constituents cut through federal red tape, responded directly to over 100,000 letters and e-mails, and hosted more than 30 town hall meetings. On a typical day, his team is managing 500 active VA cases for local veterans who defended our freedom. He also hosted community forums to raise awareness of human trafficking and international religious persecution, brought a national expert to Charlotte to help small businesses prepare for Obamacare, and assisted local non-profits dealing with IRS and passport/visa issues.
Congressman Pittenger and his wife, Suzanne, live in Charlotte and have four grown children and ten wonderful grandchildren. They attend Forest Hill Church.