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Pittenger was born in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in psychology and political science. During his work with Campus Crusade for Christ, he traveled around the world to promote Christianity. Pittenger was first elected to the House in 2012 for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District on November 6, 2012. Pittenger is currently serving his first term. Pittenger's campaign was one of the largest self-funded campaigns in the country during the 2012 election cycle. By early May, Pittenger had invested about $2.3 million of his own money into his primary campaign. Pittenger is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014. Prior to his election into the House, Robert Pittenger founded and ran the Robert Pittenger Investment Company.