Amanda Fly · March 22, 2017
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, representative of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, will deliver a forum address to Southern Virginia University students, faculty and staff on Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center.
By any measure, Congressman Goodlatte is one of the most influential members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to Congress in 1981 from Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, which includes Buena Vista, and has been reelected thirteen times since. He is one of the most senior members of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, currently serving as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and as a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, and as Ranking Member of the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment.
A full biography may be found below:
“As the Sixth District’s representative, Goodlatte 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 Goodlatte’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, Goodlatte 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.
Goodlatte 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, Goodlatte served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee.
During his time in Congress, Goodlatte has also made a name for himself as a leader on Internet and high-tech issues. He is Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus and the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus as well as Chairman of the House Republican Technology Working Group.
Goodlatte 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.”
Southern Virginia faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members are invited to attend campus forums and devotionals each Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center. Recordings of past forum and devotional speeches may be accessed on svu.edu.
(Biography from Congressman Goodlatte’s website: goodlatte.house.gov/biography)