Bob Good
Bob Good 117th U.S Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byDenver Riggleman
Member of the
Campbell County Board of Supervisors
from the Sunburst district
In office
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2019
Preceded bySteven Marche Shockley
Succeeded bySteven Wilson Shockley
Personal details
Born (1965-09-11) September 11, 1965 (age 56)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Tracey Good
(m. 1988)
Children3
EducationLiberty University (BS, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Robert George Good (born September 11, 1965)[1] is an American politician who is the U.S. representative in Virginia's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education

Good was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and lived in North Jersey before moving to Lynchburg, Virginia, with his family at age nine.[2][3][4] He attended Liberty Christian Academy, where he was a member of the wrestling team.[5] Good was awarded a partial wrestling scholarship to Liberty University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Master of Business Administration.[6]

Career

For 17 years, Good worked for Citi Financial.[7] When he announced his campaign for Congress in 2019, he was serving as an associate athletic director for development at Liberty University.[8]

Good was a member of the Campbell County board of supervisors from 2016 to 2019.[9] During his three years as a county supervisor, he supported socially conservative causes, voting to condemn the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage; to declare the county a "Second Amendment sanctuary"; and to call upon the Virginia General Assembly to restrict transgender bathroom use.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia § District 5

Good ran against incumbent Denver Riggleman in the Republican nominating convention for Virginia's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.[10] He defeated Riggleman with 58% of the vote from party delegates during a drive-through nominating convention instead of a primary election.[11] During the campaign, Good criticized Riggleman for officiating at the same-sex wedding of two former campaign volunteers.[12][13]

Good campaigned on a far-right platform, espousing hard-line views on immigration policy and opposition to same-sex marriage[14] and aligning himself with President Donald Trump.[7] He called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act[7] and rejected public-health measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.[14] He did not wear a face covering or encourage the wearing of face coverings at campaign events, and opposed restrictions on businesses to slow the spread of the virus.[14] Good suggested that the wearing of face coverings might be harmful.[14] In the November 3 general election, Good defeated Democratic nominee Cameron Webb, a physician, 52.6% (210,988) to 47.4% (190,315).[7]

Tenure

After his election, Good appeared amid the pandemic at a rally in Washington, D.C., in which Trump supporters protested the Supreme Court's rejection of a lawsuit attempting to subvert the results of the election, which Trump lost to Joe Biden.[14] During the rally, Good promoted the theory that Democrats had perpetrated a vast conspiracy to steal the election. He said that while the virus was real, the pandemic was "phony".[14] Good told a maskless crowd that "this is a phony pandemic" and, the next day, suggested that precautions to prevent the spread of the disease were a "hoax".[14]

On January 6, 2021, Good voted against certifying the election of President-elect Biden.[14] On January 17, he voted against a House bill awarding Congressional Gold Medals to the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department for their roles in protecting the Capitol and members of Congress during the storming of the United States Capitol.[15][16] He and 20 other House Republicans voted against a similar resolution in June 2021.[17]

On June 26, 2021, Good appeared at Bedford County, Virginia's second annual militia muster, saying he was happy to be at the event with "proud patriots and constitutional conservatives who are doing their part to help strengthen our nation and to fight for the things that we believe in".[18]

In June 2021, Good was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[19][20]

In July 2021, Good voted against the bipartisan ALLIES Act, which would increase by 8,000 the number of special immigrant visas for Afghan allies of the U.S. military during its invasion of Afghanistan, while also reducing some application requirements that caused long application backlogs; the bill passed in the House 407–16.[21]

In September 2021, Good was among 75 House Republicans to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, which contains a provision that would require women to be drafted.[22][23]

On October 26, 2021, while the House discussed anti-domestic violence legislation, Good said: "Nearly everything that plagues our society can be attributed to a failure to follow God's laws for morality and his rules for and definition of marriage and family."[24]

In October 2021, Good encouraged a group of high school students from Rappahannock County, Virginia, to defy a local school mask mandate, saying, "If nobody in Rappahannock complies, they can't stop everyone".[25]

In November 2021, Good wrote Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin a letter asking him to halt a federal mask mandate once he took office.[26]

Good was among 19 House Republicans to vote against the final passage of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.[27]

On January 11, 2022, Good urged fellow Republicans to boycott the Capitol Hill Club, a popular dining spot for Republican officials, after it mandated that all guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.[28]

On March 1, 2022, Good said he would not attend President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address: "President Biden subjected the country to life-altering mandates for over a year. I will not submit to an unnecessary COVID test to attend a State of the Union only to hear this president whisper through a speech that will inevitably fail to take responsibility for the tremendous damage he has and continues to cause to our country."[29]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Good and his wife, Tracey, have three children.[33] They live in Evington, a suburb of Lynchburg.

Good has described himself as a born-again Christian and a "biblical conservative".[34][35]

Electoral history

Campbell County’s Sunburst supervisorial district election, 2015[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Good 801 54.0
Independent Travis Lee Griffin 680 45.9
Write-in 2 0.1
Total votes 1,483 100.0
Republican gain from Independent
Virginia's 5th congressional district Republican convention, 2020[37][38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Good 1,517 58.1
Republican Denver Riggleman (incumbent) 1,020 41.9
Total votes 2,537 100.0
Virginia's 5th congressional district election, 2020 [39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Good 210,988 52.4
Democratic Cameron Webb 190,315 47.3
Write-in 1,014 0.3
Total votes 402,317 100.0
Republican hold

References

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  2. ^ https://cqrcengage.com/anca/app/person/589044
  3. ^ Writer, Daniel Berti Times Staff. "Bob Good warns against 'radical socialist agenda'". Fauquier Times. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Kealy, Hannah McComsey & Caroline (June 15, 2020). "ABC13 sits down with Bob Good, Virginia's 5th District GOP nominee". WSET. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
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  6. ^ Gazette, Special to The. "Campbell County supervisor seeks bid for 5th District seat". YourGV.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e Meagan Flynn, Republican Bob Good, a former county supervisor, beats Democrat to keep Virginia House district red, Washington Post (November 4, 2020).
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  18. ^ casey.fabris@roanoke.com 540-981-3234, Casey Fabris. "'Militia ... not a scary term,' says commander of Bedford County Militia at its second annual muster". Roanoke Times. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
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  23. ^ "H.R. 4350: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 -- House Vote #293 -- Sep 23, 2021". GovTrack.us.
  24. ^ Moran, Lee (October 27, 2021). "GOP Rep Blames Society's Problems On Failure To Follow God's Rules For Marriage". HuffPost. Archived from the original on October 27, 2021. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  25. ^ "GOP lawmaker encourages students to not wear masks in school". www.msn.com.
  26. ^ "Congressman Bob Good asks Gov.-elect Youngkin to stop vaccine mandate".
  27. ^ "S. 1605: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 -- House Vote #405 -- Dec 7, 2021".
  28. ^ "Conservatives push for boycott of GOP club over DC vaccine mandate". January 11, 2022.
  29. ^ "Growing list of Republicans will not attend SOTU over testing mandate". March 2022.
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