About Bob

Bob Robson, currently Professor of Practice in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives at Arizona State University, has lived in Arizona for 40 years. Born into a family of public safety professionals, Robson inherited a strong sense of justice and a keen interest in criminal issues. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College (NY), Robson worked in a variety of security jobs in New York.


Robson’s aging parents relocated to Arizona due to critical health issues and it was then that Robson chose to become an Arizonan too. Immediately upon arrival in Arizona, Robson got deeply involved in his new community. He continued his service on Kiwanis, an international service organization that he has been a member of since the age of nineteen. Additionally, Robson also served as President of his local Kiwanis club, lieutenant governor and international chairman of public relations for the worldwide organization. He also volunteered and chaired the local advisory board for the Salvation Army, was a founding board member of the Chandler Boys and Girls Club, chaired the Chandler Charter Review Committee, and later received an appointment to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.


In 1992, Robson was elected to the Chandler city council, where he was selected to serve as Vice Mayor. Robson served on the council for eight years and additionally owned and operated a Farmer’s Insurance Agency for over 30 years. His experience on the council helped prepare him for his time in the Arizona state Legislature.


Bob represented the people of the southeast valley in the Arizona Legislature from January 2001- January 2016- taking two years off (2009 -2010) due to term limits. During his service in the House of Representatives, Bob was Speaker Pro Tempore, Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Employment & Regulatory Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Environment Committee, Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee, Judiciary Committee and Appropriations. He also chaired the Ethics Committee for four years and served on the Commerce Committee. Bob years of service as Speaker Pro Tempore made him the longest serving in the history of the Arizona State House


Additionally, Bob has been involved with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Strategic Policy Committee, Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Study Committee, a member of the Chandler Airport Commission, Chairman of the Maricopa County Sports Commission, and Chairman of the Arizona Auto Theft Authority.


When Bob is not spending time in the community, he is spending time with family. Bob is married to his wife Dawna and they have two children, both active in the local community.