Bob is vice-president for business development at Aspect Energy, Inc., of Denver, Colorado where he is involved in a variety of energy, mining and education projects. He is president of the Parents’ Alliance for Choice in Education, a non-profit corporation promoting reform in Colorado’s public education system and leading the state’s transformation to a market-driven education system.
Bob is Chairman of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, a corporation providing economic and political leadership training in Colorado. He serves as Commissioner of the Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission by appointment of Governor Bill Owens.
In March 2005 Schaffer was elected Republican National Committeeman for Colorado. He is one of eight members of the Colorado State Board of Education. Schaffer’s Board constituency is the state’s Fourth Congressional District. He is also the Colorado Chairman of the Judicial Confirmation Network.
From 1989 to 1995, Bob owned and operated Northern Front Range Marketing and Distribution, a small marketing business serving Colorado’s tourism industry.
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 His Holiness John Paul II.
Prior to serving in Congress, Schaffer served nine years in the Colorado State Senate, where he was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Chairman of the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Bob was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Archbishop Moeller High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton majoring in Political Science. He received an honorary doctorate in Management from Colorado Technical University. He holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Bob and his wife Maureen have five children.
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, 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), and their five children, Emily and Jenny (twins), Justin, Sarah, and Mary. 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
Office: 511 16th St. Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202
Fort Collins: (970)223-7805
Denver: (303) 225-5226