Roscoe Bartlett

Roscoe Bartlett
Roscoe Bartlett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1993
Preceded by Beverly Byron
Personal details
Born June 3, 1926 (1926-06-03) (age 85)
Moreland, Kentucky
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ellen Louise Bartlett
Residence Buckeystown, Maryland
Alma mater Washington Adventist University
University of Maryland, College Park
Occupation College professor, farmer
Religion Seventh-day Adventist

Roscoe Gardner Bartlett, Ph.D. (born June 3, 1926) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Republican Party, and a member of the Tea Party Caucus. Bartlett is the second oldest serving member of the House of Representatives, behind only fellow Republican Ralph Hall of Texas.


Early life, education and career

Bartlett was born in Moreland, Kentucky to Martha Minnick and Roscoe Gardner Bartlett.[1] He completed his early education in a one-room schoolhouse. He attended Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), a college affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and graduated in 1947 with a B.S. in theology and biology and a minor in chemistry. He had intended to be a Seventh-Day Adventist minister, but he was considered too young for the ministry after receiving his bachelor's degree at the age of 21.

Afterwards, Bartlett was encouraged to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park. He studied anatomy, physiology, and zoology, earning a Master's degree in physiology in 1948. Bartlett was then hired as a faculty member at Maryland 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 Loma Linda School of Medicine, also affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Loma Linda, California (1952–1954), and serving as an assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. (1954–1956).

U.S. House of Representatives

In August 2011, Bartlett wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling for an end to invasive research on primates.[2] Bartlett, who had previously conducted research on primates in connection with the US space program, joined with Senator Maria Cantwell in introducing the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.[3]

Committee assignments

Earlier photo of Congressman Bartlett.

Caucus membership

Political campaigns

Rep. Bartlett (center) (R-MD) joined Sen. Ben Cardin (podium) (D-MD) and Rep. Jo Ann Davis (left) (R-VA) in calling for a study of homeland security needs of the National Capital region, including Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


Bartlett ran in the Republican primary for the United States Senate in 1980, and finished a distant fourth behind incumbent Charles Mathias.


In 1982, Bartlett was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress against incumbent Democrat Beverly Byron.[4]


He ran again in 1992 and won the Republican nomination, expecting to face Byron again. Byron was upset by a somewhat more liberal Democrat, State Delegate Thomas Hattery, in the primary. Many conservative Democrats switched their support to Bartlett in November.[4] Bartlett won by a decisive eight-point margin and has been reelected eight more times without serious difficulty.


According to the Frederick News-Post, Bartlett underreported property sales by over $1 million since 2004 on his official financial desclosure forms ( a serious crime for government employees). Bartlett said that the underreporting was an oversight and that he was “bit player” in the real estate transactions. Also according to the Frederick News-post Bartlett made $299,000 in unreported loans in order to sell his daughter's home over which he exercised power of attorney.[5]


As the lone Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, Bartlett won reelection in 2010 at the age of 84.[6] On June 1, 2009 Democrat and Iraq war veteran Andrew Duck formally announced a campaign for Congressman Bartlett's seat.[7] 2010 Federal Financial Disclosure forms show Rep. Bartlett to be the wealthiest member of the Maryland delegation to Congress.


In October 2011, congressional redistricting could change Bartlett's district. The Washington Post reported that the new district lines would add more liberal Washington DC suburbs to the traditionally rural district. [1] [2]

Electoral history

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1982 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 35,321 25.61 Beverly Byron Democratic 102,596 74.39
1992 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 125,564 54.13 Thomas Hattery Democratic 106,224 45.79
1994 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 122,809 65.95 Paul Muldowney Democratic 63,411 34.05
1996 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 132,853 56.83 Stephen Crawford Democratic 100,910 43.16
1998 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 127,802 63.42 Timothy McCown Democratic 73,728 36.58
2000 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 168,624 60.65 Donald DeArmon Democratic 109,136 39.25
2002 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 147,825 66.11 Donald DeArmon Democratic 75,575 33.8
2004 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 206,076 67.38 Kenneth Bosley Democratic 90,108 29.46
2006 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 141,200 58.97 Andrew Duck Democratic 92,030 38.43 Robert Kozak Green 6,095 2.55
2008 Congress, 6th district General Roscoe Bartlett Republican 176,062 58.18 Jennifer Dougherty Democratic 116,455 38.48 Gary Hoover Libertarian 10,101 3.34

Personal life

Bartlett and his wife Ellen have 10 children, of whom one, Joseph R. Bartlett, is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren[8].


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Beverly B. Byron
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Spencer Bachus
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Xavier Becerra

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