Bob Stump was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008. He represented District 9 in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2002-2008.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), is a regular participant in Harvard Electricity Policy Group seminars, and is an Advisory Council member of the Center for Public Utilities. Bob has also served on the faculty of Law Seminars International.
The Arizona Republic has described Bob as "energetic…intelligent, hard-working and effective...a quick study [and] a strong fiscal conservative…a candidate with depth.”
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 Arizona Medical Association (“Walk the Talk” award), the Arizona Healthcare Association (“Legislator of Distinction”), the Alzheimer’s Association and the Autism Society of America. The March of Dimes has honored Bob for helping improve the odds for Arizona’s babies by working to prevent birth defects. Bob has also been recognized as a "Champion of the Taxpayer" by the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers and an "Eagle for Enterprise" by the Arizona Small Business Association for his work on behalf of small-business owners.
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 the Commerce & Military Affairs, Ways & Means, Water and Agriculture, Financial Institutions & Insurance, Education, and Ethics committees.
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," which devoted nearly an hour to discuss his policy ideas with a national audience.
Bob also has served as a Manhattan Institute research associate to author and former presidential speechwriter David Frum; as an aide to Fred Barnes and William Kristol; and as a speechwriter for candidates and officeholders in Arizona.
Bob holds degrees from Harvard University, where he studied political philosophy with columnist George F. Will, as well as American religious history, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied philosophy and social thought and from which he graduated with High Honors.
In his free time, Bob enjoys music, hiking, travel and exploring our great state of Arizona.