Born in Renton, Washington, in 1958, Bob has been a resident of Palm Coast and Florida for about 10 years, along with his wife, Roz. He was elected President of the Palm Coast Democratic Club in early 2019.
Bob’s professional experience started with time as a physicist and systems analyst for Hughes Aircraft Company. He served 20 years in the armed services, starting with an enlistment in the Montana Army National Guard in 1975 and retiring from the Louisiana Air National Guard as a Major in 1996, having flown the F-4C and the F-15 out of New Orleans.
While finishing his military career, Bob started flying with American Airlines in 1988, based in New York, Dallas, Chicago, Miami and currently flying the Airbus 330 out of Philadelphia on mostly overseas routes. The pilots for American Airlines operate under a collective bargaining agreement, and from 2006 through 2016, Bob served in Washington DC as the chair of their organization’s pilot advocacy effort. Bob was a delegate in international negotiations, representing labor interests on the US State Department team, and the US International Civil Aviation Organization team (a part of the UN.) He worked on pension, aviation safety, trade law, labor and environmental advocacy issues with the relevant Congressional and regulatory oversight organizations. He also oversaw the PAC of the pilots of American Airlines.
Bob ran unsuccessfully as a moderate Democrat for US House of Representatives, Florida, District 6, and continued to be active in local Palm Coast and Flagler County issues after withdrawing from the campaign’s primary race.