Speaker profile: The Honorable Bob Schaffer
The Honorable Bob Schaffer
Bob is the Principal at Liberty Common High School (grades 7 – 12) – a charter high school and junior-high school in Fort Collins, Colorado. The school is ranked as Colorado’s top-performing high school.
Since 2003, Bob has been Chairman of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, a non-profit corporation providing economic education and civic-leadership training in Colorado. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and on the Advisory Council of the Millennial Policy Foundation. Bob is a monthly opinion columnist for the Fort Collins Coloradoan daily newspaper.
Bob is the past Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education, representing Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District from 2006 to 2013.
From 1997 until early 2003, Bob represented Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Upon his retirement from the Congress, Schaffer was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope John Paul II.
Bob left the Congress to honor a voluntary term-limit pledge he had taken when he first ran. Thereafter he became vice-president for business development at a Denver-based energy company where he was involved in a variety of conventional and renewable-energy, mining and education projects. Bob was the Republican nominee for a United States Senate race in 2008.
From 1989 to 1995, Bob owned and operated a small marketing business serving Colorado’s tourism industry.
Beginning in 1987, Bob served nine years as an elected Colorado State Senator, where he was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman of the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Having just turned 25 when he was sworn in, Bob was the youngest person to serve in the Colorado State Senate.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bob graduated from Archbishop Moeller High School and the University of Dayton. He received an honorary doctorate in Management from Colorado Technical University. He holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do conferred by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee.
By appointment of Pope John Paul II, Bob is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Northern Lieutenancy. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1214 in Fort Collins. Bob and his wife Dr. Maureen Schaffer (electrical engineer) have five children and four grandchildren. Three of Schaffer’s children are warriors – Jenny is a Captain in the US Army, her husband is an Army Ranger. Her twin sister Emily is a Captain in the US Air Force, and her husband is an active-duty economics instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Justin is a veteran having served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. Sarah attends Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona; and Mary attends Liberty Common High School where her dad is the principal.
Bob and Maureen are founders of Liberty Common School and its predecessor Washington Core Knowledge School (now Trout Core Knowledge School). The Schaffers are Roman Catholic and members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Member of Congress
Having served three two-year terms in the United States House of Representatives, Bob Schaffer was first elected to Congress in November, 1996. He represented Colorado's Fourth Congressional District, succeeding Senators Wayne Allard and Hank Brown. During his first campaign, Bob signed a pledge to only serve three terms, thus retiring at the end of the 107th Congress in 2003.
Working to re-establish a limited, responsible federal government and a balanced federal budget, Bob introduced the Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution, House Joint Resolution 1, to require a balanced federal budget. He also worked tirelessly for such common-sense policies as broad-based tax relief, protecting Social Security and Medicare, improving education and making government smaller, more efficient and more accountable.
Congressman Schaffer was president of the 1996 Republican class, a post to which he was elected by his colleagues. Bob served on three House Committees; Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Education and the Workforce. In addition, Bob is an advocate for Ukraine and was a co-chair of the Ukraine Caucus. He was a member of the GOP Theme Team, the "one-minute conservative debate squad", which can be seen nearly every morning on C-Span from the House floor. In addition, Congressman Schaffer was an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) a group of approximately 60 House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.
Prior to serving in Congress, Bob served nine years as a Colorado State Senator. He was 25 years old when first sworn in -- the youngest to serve in Colorado's Senate. As a Colorado Senator, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee, the State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, and the Local Government Committee. His distinguished service in the Colorado Legislature earned him the prestigious national title "National Republican Legislator of the Year for 1995" designated by his peers from throughout the country.
While in Congress, Bob Schaffer has earned a reputation as Colorado's most aggressive tax cutter and champion of education reform. He received numerous awards for his fiscally conservative voting record and his strong record of protecting farmers, taxpayers, seniors, veterans, child care providers and property owners. Some of these awards include the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Guardian of Seniors' Rights from 60 Plus Association, Friend of Farm Bureau Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation, Friend of the Taxpayers from Americans for Tax Reform and the Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Independent Business. Congressman Schaffer also received the Golden Bulldog Award from the Watchdogs of the Treasury.
Congressman Schaffer has also been recognized for his fiscal prudence in operating his Congressional office. Congressman Schaffer was recognized by the National Taxpayers Union as the most frugal member of Congress after he returned more than $360,000 of his allotted office budget back to the taxpayers.
Prior to politics, Bob held a variety of jobs including carpet layer, salmon cannery worker, legislative researcher, speechwriter, and small business owner. As a businessman, he owned and operated a marketing business serving Colorado's tourism industry for six years.
Bob is the son of retired public school educators. He worked his way through college as a farm hand, receiving his B.A. from the University of Dayton and an honorary doctorate in management from Colorado Technical University. He is a second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and lives in Fort Collins with his wife, Maureen, who has earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Colorado State University). They have five children, Emily and Jenny (twins), Justin, Sarah, and Mary; and four grandchildren. The Schaffers are Roman Catholic and attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Bob Schaffer contact information
Home: 5027 Alder Ct., Fort Collins, CO 80525
Fort Collins: (970) 282-3540 Work: (970) 672-5500 Mobile: (970) 215-3565