Roscoe Bartlett

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Dr. Roscoe Gardner Bartlett is a Republican former member of the House of Representatives, representing the 6th district of Maryland since 1993. The sixth district is the western and more conservative part of the state, and includes Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties.


Record and controversies

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Americans for Democratic Action 15 - 3/20 15 - 3/20
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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Bartlett voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

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Roscoe Bartlett believes that there should be aggressive and effective immigration policy, because he believes that ineffective immigration raises the cost of government and reduces jobs and wages for Americans. He wants to secure the borders by sending troops and building a wall. He strongly opposes amnesty and the guest worker program, wants strict enforcement of existing immigration laws, and rigorous prosecution of criminals that facilitate illegal immigrants. [1]

Voting Record

The following chart is a summary of Roscoe Bartlett's voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives with regards to immigration.

Bill Number and Title Date Vote Description
H.R. 3736: Temporary Access to Skilled Workers and H-1B Nonimmigrant Program Improvement Act September 24, 1998 Voted YES [2] To increase the number of temporary visas granted to skilled immigrant workers from 65,000 to 115,000 by the year 2000. More info about H.R. 3736
H.R. 1885: Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act May 21, 2001 Voted NO [3] To allow some immigrants to remain in the country while pursing legal residency. More info about H.R. 1885
H.R. 3722 Amendment 1011: The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act May 20, 2004 Voted NO [4] To require hospitals to gather and report information on illegal aliens before hospitals are paid for treating them, and require hospitals to not treat undocumented aliens if they can be transported back home without worsening their condition. More info about H.R. 3722
H.R. 5441 Amendment 968: The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act June 6, 2006 Voted YES [5] To support the Minuteman Project, which is a group that patrols the Mexican border for illegal immigrants, and not allow United States' funds to provide information to the Mexican government about the location of Minuteman Project volunteers. More info about H.R. 5441
H.R. 6061: Secure Fence Act September 14, 2006 Voted YES [6] To building a wall along the Mexican border, increase surveillance through more efficient use of personnel and technology, and increase physical barriers to prevent unlawful border entry. More info about H.R. 6061
H.R. 6095: Immigration Law Enforcement Act September 19, 2006 Voted YES [7] To affirm that state and local law enforcement personnel have the authority to enforce immigration laws, provide for effective prosecution of alien smugglers, and reform immigration litigation procedures. More info about H.R. 6095
H.R. 6094: Community Protection Act September 21, 2006 Voted YES [8] To restore the Secretary of Homeland Security's authority to detain dangerous aliens, to ensure the removal of deportable criminal aliens, and combat alien gang crime. More info about H.R. 6094
H.R. 997: English Language Unity Act February 12, 2007 CO-SPONSOR [9] To declare English as the official language of the United States, establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States. More info about H.R. 997

Association with Rev. Sun Myung Moon

In 2004, at a bizarre ceremony held in a Senate office building, the controversial Rev. Sun Myung Moon bestowed upon Bartlett an Ambassador of Peace Medal on behalf of his Washington Times Foundation. Later in the evening, Moon went on to describe himself as the new messiah. [10]



Born in Moreland, Kentucky on June 3, 1926, Bartlett completed his early education in a one-room schoolhouse. He attended Columbia Union College and graduated in 1947 with a B.S. in theology and biology and a minor in chemistry, with the intention of becoming a minister. Bartlett is "a devout Seventh-day Adventist [and] strong moral values and spiritual faith have had a major influence on his life and education." [11]

Too young for seminary acceptance, Bartlett instead attended graduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park, earning a Master's degree in physiology in 1948. Bartlett was then hired as a University of Maryland faculty member and taught anatomy, physiology and zoology while working towards his Ph.D. in physiology, which he earned in 1952. His academic career included lecturing at the Loma Linda School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California (1952-1954), and serving as an assistant professor at Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. (1954-1956).

"In 1961, Bartlett returned to Maryland and farming after he purchased his 145-acre then-dairy farm on the Monocacy River in Frederick County. While running his farm, he worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as director of a new 30-member research group in Space Life Sciences. The group designed and conducted a series of pioneering research experiments that contributed to NASA's successful Gemini, Mercury and Apollo missions to land men on the moon and bring them back safely to earth." [12]

Bartlett also worked for IBM on "numerous biomedical engineering and defense-related projects. With IBM's assistance, he formed his own research and development company, Roscoe Bartlett and Associates." His company later diversified into land development, and his firm built more than 100 homes in Frederick County, many of them solar powered.[13]

Congressional Career

In 1982, Bartlett was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. Ten years later he won election.

A vocal proponent of the Hubbard Peak Oil theory, Bartlett argues strongly in favor of preparation for a decline in fossil fuel production. "He also has a small homestead in West Virginia that is largely solar-powered. He drives a Toyota Prius and plans to buy his second one next year to take advantage of the Energy Policy Act's generous, if limited tax incentive. He can be fairly said to practice what he preaches. And of late, that preaching includes trying to warm his colleagues in Congress about the reality of peak oil, including giving a number of speeches on the floor of the House. He also recently formed the Peak Oil Caucus in Congress." --EV World, November 23, 2005.

On September 26, 2005, Representative Roscoe G. Bartlett held an energy conference with participants Dr. Kenneth S. Deffeyes, Matthew R. Simmons, Richard Heinberg, Donald Wulfinghoff, John Spears and John Howe. Conference transcript follows announcement. [14]

On October 19, 2005, "Congressman Roscoe Bartlett led a group of six Republican colleagues, including the Chairmen of the Intelligence and Science Committees in a one-hour Special Order speech before the U.S. House of Representatives discussing the urgency of the U.S. government responding to the threats to the U.S. economy and national security posed by global peak oil. Congressman Bartlett was joined by Congressmen Gil Gutknecht, Wayne Gilchrest, Peter Hoekstra, Sherwood Boehlert, and Vernon Ehlers." Video and audio links follow announcement. [15]

He is also the only member of the Maryland delegation who is pro-life on abortion issues.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Andrew James Duck to face Bartlett in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [16] Bartlett retained his seat.


  • "I'm not interested in politics, I'm interested in my country. I am a conservative who wants to help restore the limited federal government envisioned and established in the Constitution by our nation's founders. I want to ensure that future generations of Americans will have the same opportunities for success that I did." [17]
  • "Upholding the Constitution, including the entire Bill of Rights, and maintaining a strong defense should be our priorities. If we don't get these priorities right, nothing else will matter."[18]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Rogers Group$ 25,000
Loeb Partners$ 13,000
General Dynamics$ 12,000
Northrop Grumman$ 11,000
BAE Systems$ 10,000
Citizens United$ 10,000
Freedom Project$ 10,000
General Electric$ 10,000
Honeywell International$ 10,000
Jobs, Economy & Budget Fund$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Roscoe Bartlett
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Roscoe Bartlett. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


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