Robert B. Aderholt (R-Ala.) has served Alabama’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost three decades and began his 14th term in January 2023. In the late 1990s, he worked as a municipal judge and a legal advisor to Alabama Governor Fob James.
In Congress, Aderholt is a member of the Tea Party Caucus and has an 83% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union Foundation.
The congressman is also an active member of The Fellowship—also known as The Family—a secretive, religious-right Christian organization. He has participated in many international trips funded by The Fellowship, including one to Romania in which he campaigned against same-sex marriage.
After the 2020 presidential election, Aderholt adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Aderholt joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- In his response to the violence that broke out in the afternoon, Aderholt posted a video on Twitter saying that “most” of those who stormed the Capitol were there for “peaceful protest,” but “some crossed the line.”
- After voting against impeaching Trump following the attack, Aderholt explained, “While I understand Democrats wanting to express their anger in the form of impeachment, the act, which is more symbolic than actionable, causes more division and does not advance unity or healing.”
- Aderholt also voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the attack on the congressional election certification process that day.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 7, 2020, Aderholt stated, “Since it is more than a month before the Electoral College meets, there is no reason to rush to a conclusion.”
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Aderholt signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- On Jan. 2, 2021, Aderholt announced that he would contest the certification of the election results, explaining that there are “too many reports of serious fraud for this not to be debated in the House and Senate.”
- Aderholt voted against certification of the presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.