Born in Havre de Grace to a family with Harford County roots for over 200 years, Bob has been giving back to the community that has given so much to him. Since graduating from Johns Hopkins University and receiving his JD from the University of Baltimore, Bob has continuously demonstrated his commitment to his community, county, and country.
Prior his election to the Maryland State Senate in 2014, Bob’s dedication to improving the quality of life for Harford County families and businesses was illustrated through his service as a Mayor and Commissioner of Bel Air, service as a member of the Harford County Council (District C) and as a member and chairman of the Harford County Republican Central Committee.
As a former small business owner in Bel Air for 10 years, Bob understands the business and economic growth issues in the county. Today Bob works in a private law practice, and has received numerous awards for providing pro-bono legal services.
His patriotic commitment led to Bob’s enlistment with the 20th Special Forces Group of the Maryland Army National Guard, and his subsequent active duty military service as an Infantry Officer and later as an Army JAG. officer He is an honors graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course, and earned the Army's coveted Army Ranger Tab. When Bob was deployed to Iraq as a U.S. Army Major with the 101st Division, he helped lead efforts to establish a provincial-level government in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He served three year-long tours in Iraq with the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, and continued to work for the U.S. State Department, supporting efforts to counter violent extremists in the Near Eastern Region, for which he was awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award, Meritorious Honor Award, and Expeditionary Service Award.
Bob is married to high school classmate Debbie Russell. They are the proud parents of five children, enchanted grandparents of four, and members of St. Ignatius Catholic Church.