The Arizona Republic says Bob is "cerebral…a candidate with depth…energetic…intelligent, hard-working and effective...a quick study [and] a strong fiscal conservative."
The Tucson Citizen has called Bob "an innovator" who has "strong experience with public policymaking, wise perspectives on energy use [and] a commitment to pursuing fairness for Arizona residents."
Bob was also deemed one of Arizona's three "Best State Representatives” by the Arizona Capitol Times, based on a survey of Arizona's government and civic leaders. He has received over a dozen awards in recognition of his efforts to improve Arizonans’ health care and protect Arizona's taxpayers, including awards from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Autism Society of America, and the March of Dimes.
Bob has a wide range of policy experience, having served as Chairman of the House Health Committee; Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee to Investigate Operations and Conditions at the Arizona Veterans Home; Vice Chair of the Health and Rules committees; and as a member of Ways & Means, Commerce & Military Affairs, Water and Agriculture, Financial Institutions & Insurance, Education, the Interagency Council on Long-Term Care, the Interim Committee on Welfare Reform, and the House Ethics Committee.
Bob's policy proposals have made front-page news in USA Today and serve as model legislation for legislatures throughout the country. He has discussed key legislative initiatives on CNN; "Your World with Neil Cavuto," on the Fox News Channel; National Public Radio; as well as various national and international media. In 2006, Bob was a featured guest on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal” to discuss his policy ideas with a national audience.
Bob holds degrees from Harvard University, where he studied political philosophy with columnist George F. Will, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied philosophy and social thought, and from which he graduated with High Honors.