"Over the years I’ve worked with some great patriots, like Bob Stump, who love our country and work to make it better. Bob joined me in the fight against Obama’s insane EPA. I’ve always appreciated his principled approach and hard work.”
—Congressman Paul Gosar
Bob Stump believes that national security challenges, burdensome regulations hindering American prosperity, and an entrenched bureaucracy thwarting our democratic institutions are among the most pressing issues facing the United States. The federal government must put the safety of its citizens first. It must not unduly interfere with the enterprise of a free, industrious people. And it must honor the first principles enshrined in our nation’s Constitution.
After eight years of retreat and failed leadership, America’s preeminent role on the world stage is again being re-established. Now is the time for experienced, steady, innovative leadership in Congress. Bob will work to ensure that American interests are put first and all steps are taken to ensure the safety and prosperity of the American people.
Moreover, Bob believes term limits are one of the best ways to avoid becoming a creature of the Washington swamp. He will serve no more than five terms (ten years) — enough time to pass conservative reforms, but not enough time to become entrenched in Washington. Serving in Congress should be a form of temporary public service — not a lifetime career.
Stopping illegal immigration is critical to our national security. Bob took strong, principled stands to increase our border security during his years in the Arizona House of Representatives. Moreover, for nearly a decade, Bob has been a nationally-recognized leader in working to secure the electric power sector against terrorist attacks. Today, North Korea has the ability to destroy America’s electrical grid, with devastating consequences. Bob will work with Congressional leaders and the Administration to shore up America’s electricity infrastructure before disaster strikes. He will work with U.S. leadership and American allies to drive ISIS into the dustbin of history and ensure that Israel remains a shining outpost of democracy in the Middle East.
For nearly 15 years, Bob has been on the front lines in Arizona, fighting an out-of-control EPA intent on raising your electric bill. He is a nationally-recognized leader on energy issues and fully supports President Trump’s efforts to produce more energy domestically — in other words, to put more dollars into American pockets. As Bob wrote in National Review last year, the President’s energy policies “should give conservatives reason to cheer.”
THE “DEEP STATE”
The United States is facing resistance from unelected, unaccountable Washington bureaucrats who are determined, at every turn, to thwart conservative attempts at reform. Even many on the Left agree. A recent case in point: The Obama-appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s efforts to undermine the President’s pick to lead the agency. To have duly-elected representatives of the American people impeded by an unelected Washington elite is contrary to democratic values. Bob will work to uproot an entrenched, reform-resisting Washington culture and put American taxpayers first.
A SEASONED CHAMPION OF CONSERVATIVE IDEALS
In his last statewide election, Bob was honored to receive more votes than any other Republican on the ballot, except for the winning U.S. Senator for Arizona. Citizens for Arizona Policy has called Bob “one of Arizona’s most articulate and eloquent champions of conservative ideals.” He has been called a “thought leader” by the Institute for Electric Innovation, “brilliant” by Utility Dive, a “candidate to watch” by National Journal, and one of Arizona’s three “best State Representatives” by the Arizona Capitol Times’s “Best of the Capitol” survey.
As a legislator, Bob received a score of 100 percent from the Center for Arizona Policy. Bob’s policy proposals made front-page news in USA Today and served as model legislation for legislatures nationwide.
Bob comes from a family of small businessmen who assumed leadership roles in their community. His father, Bob Stump, was active in Republican politics in Arizona, California and Hawaii for over 50 years. His grandfather, Robert A. Stump, owned a cafe in Alma, Michigan. Bob's mother, Jane, served for years as a member of her neighborhood board.
The Tucson Citizen calls Bob “an innovator” who has “strong experience with public policymaking, wise perspectives on energy use [and] a commitment to pursuing fairness for Arizona residents.” The Arizona Republic says Bob is “cerebral…[an] expert…a candidate with depth [and] intestinal fortitude…energetic…intelligent, hard-working and effective…a quick study.” In the House, Bob served as chair of the Committee on Health and as a member of the Rules, Ways & Means, Commerce & Military Affairs, Water and Agriculture, Financial Institutions & Insurance, Education, and Ethics committees, among others.
Bob also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) and was an Advisory Council member of the Center for Public Utilities. Bob was a member of the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, which was established after the September 11, 2001 attacks to devise policies to help protect the nation's utility infrastructure from natural disasters and terrorist threats. Bob has lectured on energy issues at the Aspen Institute, New Mexico State University, the Institute for Electric Innovation, and other venues.
Bob is a recognized leader in the conservative movement: He has discussed his policy 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, he was an hour-long featured guest on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal” and discussed his policy ideas with a national audience.
Bob has received over a dozen awards for his efforts to improve Arizonans’ health care and protect Arizona’s taxpayers and families, including the Friend of the Family award, the Champion of the Taxpayer Award, and recognition from the Autism Society of America. He received an “A+” rating from the National Rifle Association.
Bob fought for medical malpractice reform for Arizona doctors and received the “Walk the Talk Award” from the Arizona Medical Association. The Alzheimer’s Association, the Arizona Association of Homes and Housing for the Aging, and the Arizona Healthcare Association have honored Bob for his outstanding work on behalf of Arizona’s seniors. The Arizona Small Business Association deemed Bob an “Eagle for Enterprise” for his efforts to make Arizona the best place in America to do business.
Among the hundreds of bills Bob sponsored or co-sponsored as a member of the House, the following are noteworthy:
- Ensure a fiscally responsible state budget and lower taxes
- Protect the privacy of veterans' DD214 discharge records
- Improve the quality of care in our nursing homes
- Ensure the integrity of our elections by increasing penalties for petition fraud
- Increase accountability and safeguards for ambulance users
Bob also sponsored legislation, signed by the Governor and among the first of its kind in the nation, to ban the use of taxpayer dollars for human cloning. The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins wrote at the time that "Representative Stump deserves credit for recognizing that creating life only to destroy it can never be licit."
Bob is active in his community: He has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association; the Phoenix Boys Choir (of which he serves as a trustee); the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; Pohai Pono, a drug treatment center in Honolulu; the Symphony of the West Valley; and other community organizations. He also serves as Chair of Phoenix Opera.
As a statewide-elected Arizona energy regulator, Bob was attacked relentlessly by well-funded left-wing groups intent on manufacturing fake news and promoting their own narrow, anti-consumer agendas. But Bob pushed on — and won. Bob understands what it’s like being in the political minority: In college, he was one of just three members of the College Republicans at the University of California, Berkeley.
Bob holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. Though he was one of just a few conservatives on campus, Bob never wavered from his conservative beliefs — just as he’ll never become a creature of the swamp, in Washington.
Won’t you join Bob in this fight for our nation’s future?