Bob was born on March 1, 1951 and was raised on a dairy farm in Faribault, MN. After High School, he attended college at Bemidji State University where he met and married his wife Colleen, in 1972. Bob graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in May of 1973 and then went on later to receive his Masters of Education from St Thomas University. He was hired for his first (and last) teaching and coaching job in Forest Lake, MN. Bob retired from his 34 year career in 2007 after he was elected to the State legislature where he currently serves as a State Representative for Senate District 39A. He and his wife raised three children two sons and a daughter. Their twin sons, Robb and Travis graduated from Forest Lake High School, received and accepted appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. They graduated as 2nd Lieutenants in the class of 2000. Both are now Majors in the military. Both have served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daughter, Krystle graduated from Bethel University in St Paul. She and her family live in MN.
Bob served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Forest Lake High School from 1975 to 2007. He accumulated a 399-144-2 record. This record ranks Bob as 25th out of 321 high school wrestling coaches in Minnesota. Bob also has received numerous awards as an athlete and as a coach. A few are: NAIA National Wrestling Champion, NAIA Hall of Fame, Forest Lake Athletics Hall of Fame, Bemidji State Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame and both High School and College Athlete of the Year awards. In his coaching career, Bob has coached 15 Individual State Champions, 64 Individual State Place Winners, 115 Individual State Participants, one State Team Championship, one 4th place and one 5th place finish. He currently officiates high school wrestling matches for the Minnesota State High School League.
Bob retired in 2011 after having served for 25 years in the United States Army Reserves. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4). Along with being an Intelligence Officer, he was also an Army Master Fitness Trainer for soldiers and taught many Military Courses for the Army. He was honored to receive his highest military award upon retirement from his career, The Legion of Merit. This award was for exceptionally meritorious service to the United States while serving as Senior Intelligence Technician within the Military Intelligence Readiness Command.
In November, 2001, Bob was called to Active Duty to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. A one year stint ended up turning into almost 2 years with him seeing service both at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and then in Kuwait where he was shipped just before the Iraq war started.
COMMITTEES BOB IS CURRENTLY SERVING ON
- Chair – Veterans Affairs Division
- Education Finance
- State Government Finance
- Ways and Means
- Military Action Group Committee (Chair)
- Childhood Obesity Legislative Working Group (Co-Chair)
I believe that limited government is the best government and that free enterprise is the best path to prosperity for all Minnesotans. We need to make government better, not larger. I support reducing taxes, spending and regulations to create business opportunities for our hard-working families and businesses. I believe that parents are responsible for their children’s education and that parents, teachers and local school boards can best make decisions about that education. I recognize the sanctity of human life and the central role of the traditional family in our society. Having served in the United States Army Reserve for 25 years, I understand that peace is best maintained through a strong national defense.