Robert Pittenger is serving his second term as a United States Congressman of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, including parts of Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union counties. Congressman Pittenger’s district holds the second biggest financial center in America, set in Charlotte, with an emergent nationally renowned collection of energy firms. District 9 is home to “NASCAR Country,” with over a dozen NASCAR teams and several of the best drivers in the sport.
As a leader in Congress on terrorism, terrorist financing and unconventional warfare such as cyber warfare, Congressman Pittenger has spoken with nearly 200 world leaders and security experts to promote improved global cooperation in the battle against ISIS and radical Islamist jihad. He also gathered over 100 Members of Parliament from 28 European nations for conferences in Washington and Austria to discuss terrorist financing, intelligence, and cyber-security concerns with United States Congressional leaders. Currently a fourth forum is being planned. Congressman Pittenger also created a manual to assist average Americans defend their families and businesses against terrorist attacks.
North Carolina's 9th District is the second largest financial center in America. Congressman Pittenger, as a former small business owner and board member of a community bank, lends his significant experience to a wide range of issues regarding the banking and finance industry in the Charlotte business region. His focus on reducing overbearing regulations to create an opportunity economy continues to move our country towards a more fiscally responsible government and stronger economy.
His many years of experience promoting worldwide religious freedom gives great insight as Congressman Pittenger works on policy areas regarding the growth of the rule of law and human rights in China. Intending to alter the resentful tone in Washington, Congressman Pittenger lead a bipartisan group of new Members of Congress in calling for the growing budget deficits to become a priority. These efforts will lead a fresh generation of Representatives dedicated to economic growth and addressing the Nation's fiscal problems, such as entitlement reform and tax reform. Congressman Pittenger also works closely with Congressional leadership to ensure the priorities of North Carolinian's are the priorities of Congress.
Robert was the youngest of four children, born and raised in Texas. His mother raised the children while his dad was a small businessman. Their leadership served as a strong foundation for dedication, honesty, and a strong work ethic. After graduating from the University of Texas, Congressman Pittenger was the Assistant to the President of Campus Crusade for Christ for 10 years, delivering the organization’s help to over 170 countries. After moving to Charlotte with his family in 1985, Congressman Pittenger created a national real estate investment company from scratch.
Congressman Pittenger was committed to strengthening North Carolina’s financial groundwork during his tenure in the state’s Senate from 2003 to 2008, proposing over $1.5 billion in spending cuts to stabilize the state’s budget. He headed the fight for medical litigation reform, for lowering taxes for families, and for eliminating Medicaid waste, fraud, and abuse. Congressman Pittenger has been recognized for his dedicated support of the Second Amendment while also sponsoring Right to Life legislation and the marriage amendment.
Congressman Pittenger feels strongly that he was elected by the people to serve. Since he entered office, Congressman Pittenger and his staff assisted over 2,000 constituents fight bureaucratic rules, personally answered more than 62,000 letters, and held over 30 town hall meetings. He also held a conference to increase human trafficking awareness, helped local non-profits handle the IRS and visa/passport problems, and had a distinguished professional come to Charlotte to assist small businesses prepare for Obamacare.
Congressman Pittenger lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife Suzanne. They have four adult children and nine precious grandchildren. They attend Forest Hill Church.