Wittman finalist for Constituent Service Democracy Award from Congressional Management Foundation
WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) was named a finalist for the prestigious Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) Democracy Award in the category of Constituent Service earlier this year. While Congressman Wittman did not receive the overall award in this category in the 2020 Democracy Awards, he is very honored to have been selected as one of four Republican finalists in his category. The Constituent Service category nominations recognize offices for their outstanding practices or achievements acting as ombudsmen with the federal government or responding to constituent requests and inquiries. Congressman Wittman was named the winner in the category of Exemplary Public Service for the first-ever CMF Democracy Awards in 2018.
“It is an incredible honor to have been named a finalist in the Constituent Service category,” said Rep. Wittman. “To be named a finalist in any category for the Democracy Awards is a testament to the people I serve in Virginia’s First District, those who engage with my office, my staff, and myself. My job is to help constituents get the assistance they need on a daily basis, especially during these trying times. 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.
“I want to congratulate my colleagues, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA 06) and their offices for each receiving the Constituent Service Award this year. I know the people they serve are grateful for their tireless service, and again, I send them my heartfelt congratulations.”
Twenty-four House and Senate offices were honored as finalists in four categories: Constituent Service; "Life in Congress"-Workplace Environment; Transparency and Accountability; and Innovation and Modernization. House and Senate offices self-nominated for the categories using an online questionnaire, then CMF staff selected the finalists based on a rigorous checklist of qualifications, as well as interviews to assess the office’s adherence to the established criteria. One Republican and one Democrat receive the award in each category.
Also of note: of the 70 Members of Congress and offices who have been a finalist or winner of the Democracy Awards since its inception in 2018, Congressman Wittman is one of only five Members of Congress who has been a finalist and/or winner in two categories.
In noting Rep. Wittman’s finalist status, Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation said, “As a Finalist for the Democracy Awards for Constituent Service, Rep. Rob Wittman has demonstrated his interest in exploring creative ways to serve his constituents. The Congressional Management Foundation was delighted to highlight the accomplishments of Rep. Wittman and hope that his work serves as a model to other congressional offices.”
A committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and former congressional staffers selected the two winners (one Democrat and one Republican) for each of the categories. Winners can be found on the CMF website here.
CMF is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. Since 1977, CMF has worked internally 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, educating thousands of individuals and facilitating better relationships with Congress.
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 serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.