Bob was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates 1991. He now serves on the Finance Committee, as well as the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee. He previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee, and as Chairman of a Privileges and Elections Sub Committee, as well as Chairman of the Assembly’s Joint Stem Cell Study Committee. Bob also served on the Prince William County advisory committee which proposed building the Prince William Parkway, and has received numerous civic and service awards over the years.
Additionally, Bob worked as a staff member in the U.S. Congress — for both Congressman John Blatnik (DFL-MN), Bob Dornan (R-CA), and Senator Jeremiah Denton (R-AL).
Bob sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2008, and came within one weighted vote of upsetting former Governor Jim Gilmore at the Republican Convention held in Richmond while being outspent nearly 10-1.
Bob married his wife Cathy (Fonseca) in 1976. They have five children: Teresa, Chris (deceased), Mary, Joey and Tommy and attend All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas. In 1980 they moved from Fairfax County and have lived in Prince William County ever since.
Bob has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Philosophy from Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina, and a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities from California State University.
Bob is an avid reader of history and philosophy, and constitutional, medical, social and political matters of importance, and has carefully assembled a personal library of about 2,000 books on these and other topics. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs commenting on public policies. His “hobbies” include weight lifting, gardening, photography, (he has been known to show up at more than a few weddings with multiple cameras around his neck) and enjoying the company of his children and grandchildren.
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