Born and raised in Georgia, Rob Woodall's story is one of tireless public service. The first of two children, Rob graduated from Marist School in 1988, and went on to attend Furman University before returning home to earn his law degree from the University of Georgia, and ultimately going to work for his hometown Congressman, John Linder.
During law school, Rob spent the summers of 1993 and 1994, working on energy and health care policy at a Washington, D.C., law firm, when the top items on legislative agendas were the infamous Clinton Tax Bill and Hillary Health Care Plan. Frustrated by these proposals and their potential impact on his family, friends and neighbors in Georgiaï¿½and consumed with a need to do more to defeat these policiesï¿½Rob dropped out of law school after the summer of 1994 in order to begin his public service in Washington with Congressman Linder. Rob finished law school in 1998, attending at night while working in the Linder office during the day.
Despite offers over the years to return to the private sector, and a larger paycheck, Rob chose to commit the last 16 years of his career to serving the people of the Seventh District as a Member of Congressman Linder's staff, ultimately becoming the Congressman's Chief of Staff in 1999.
During that same year, Rob and Congressman Linder commenced work on drafting, introducing and advocating for H.R., 25, known to most as the FairTax Bill. Rob was responsible for crafting the bill's legislative language; making him the "man behind the man" in introducing the FairTax at the Congressional level. What started as small bipartisan bill with only two co-sponsors has now burst into the national spotlight as both a grassroots effort and one of the most popular pieces of legislation in the country to date. Rob is not only responsible for the legislative language of H.R.25, he is a coauthor of the second FairTax book, FairTax: the Truth, and has become a name synonymous with championing the FairTax.
Rob's legislative resume does not stop with the FairTax. During his time working with Congressman John Linder, Rob served as the Congressman's lead staff on the Speaker's Health Care Task Force, the Speaker's Medicare Task Force, the Speaker's Tobacco Settlement Task Force, the House Rules Committee, the House Administration Committee and the Elected Leadership Committee. Above all else, however, Rob has taken pride in helping Seventh District constituents on a one-on-one basis through casework, and has been instrumental in creating a congressional office that functions for the people, assisting thousands of individuals and their families throughout the years.
When Congressman Linder abruptly announced his retirement in February, 2010, Rob began searching for someone in the Seventh District who would be able to simultaneously champion the FairTax, freedom and public service as passionately as Congressman Linder. It occurred to Rob as he searched however that if he truly believed in the principles of freedom and wanted to see change, it was his responsibility to ensure this change. At that point, a mere fifteen weeks from Election Day, Rob resigned as Congressman Linder's Chief of Staff, entered the race to become the Seventh District's next U.S. Representative and ultimately won the seat.
After being sworn in to Congress, Rob was appointed to the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Rules, where he will promote reform-minded approach to bringing legislation to the House Floor. Rob also re-introduced H.R. 25, The FairTax, as his very first piece of legislation and plans to continue Linder's legacy of championing fundamental reform of our nation's tax code.