Rep. Rob Wittman Wins Democracy Award for Exemplary Public Service
WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) was named the winner by the Congressional Management Foundation for their first-everDemocracy Awards. These awards recognize performance and achievement in congressional offices. Rep. Wittman received this recognition for his outstanding accomplishments in the category of Transparency and Accountability, which is awarded to the office that provides clear, relevant information on their work and publicly acknowledges metrics for that performance.
“It is an honor to be named a winner of the Congressional Management Foundation’s first-ever Democracy Awards. My number one priority is listening to the people I represent and using their thoughts, concerns, and insights to better represent them in Washington. I am so grateful for my staff as they too are public servants dedicated to constituent service. We have a one-stop-shop mentality in my office, and we work tirelessly to ensure that constituents contacting our office get the best service possible,”Wittman said.
In February, twenty House and Senate offices were named finalists in four categories: Constituent Service, Innovation, Transparency and Accountability, and "Life in Congress"-Workplace Environment. CMF developed categories and criteria for the Democracy Awards over the last five years with input from Members of Congress, current and former congressional staff, and the Maxwell School for Public Policy and Citizenship at Syracuse University. A committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and staff selected the winners in a blind review process where the name of the Member was redacted from the review material. Two Members of Congress (a Democrat and Republican) were selected as winners for each award category. “As a Democracy Award winner, Rep. Wittman’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. “This designation demonstrates that Rep. Wittman has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Virginia. Rep. Wittman and his staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for his colleagues in Congress, but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work,” he said.
CMF is a nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. CMF works with Member, committee, leadership, and institutional offices in the House and Senate to identify and disseminate best practices for management, workplace environment, communications, and constituent services. CMF also is the leading researcher and trainer on citizen engagement.
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.