World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Bob Stump

Article Id: WHEBN0000311037
Reproduction Date:

Title: Bob Stump  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: John McCain, Jim Kolbe, John Shadegg, Dennis DeConcini, Ed Pastor
Collection: 1927 Births, 2003 Deaths, American Military Personnel of World War II, American Seventh-Day Adventists, Arizona Democrats, Arizona Republicans, Arizona State Senators, Arizona State University Alumni, Democratic Party Members of the United States House of Representatives, Members of the Arizona House of Representatives, Members of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona, Politicians from Phoenix, Arizona, Presidents of the Arizona State Senate, Republican Party Members of the United States House of Representatives, United States Navy Sailors
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Bob Stump

Bob Stump
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Sam Steiger
Succeeded by Rick Renzi
Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services
In office
January 4, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Floyd Spence
Succeeded by Duncan Hunter
Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
January 4, 1995 – January 4, 2001
Preceded by Sonny Montgomery
Succeeded by Chris Smith
Personal details
Born Robert Lee Stump
April 4, 1927
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Died June 20, 2003(2003-06-20) (aged 76)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Resting place Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
(Phoenix, Arizona)
Political party Democratic (1959–1981)
Republican (1981–2003)
Spouse(s) Nancy Baehre
Children 3
Alma mater Arizona State University
Religion Seventh-day Adventist
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1943–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Robert Lee "Bob" Stump (April 4, 1927 – June 20, 2003) was a U.S. Congressman from Arizona. He served as a member from the Democratic Party from 1977 to 1983 and then later a member of the Republican Party until the end of his tenure as congressman.

Contents

  • Early life and career 1
  • Member of Congress 2
  • Bob Hope announcement 3
  • Death and legacy 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and career

Stump was born in Phoenix, and was a U.S. Navy World War II combat veteran, where he served on the USS Tulagi from 1943 to 1946. He graduated from Tolleson High School in 1947, and Arizona State University in 1951. He owned a cotton and grain farm in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson for many years.

He served four terms in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1959 to 1967, and five terms in the Arizona State Senate, from 1967 to 1976. He served as President of the Arizona State Senate from 1975 to 1976.

Member of Congress

He was first elected to the 95th Congress on November 2, 1976, originally as a Democrat from the 3rd Congressional District. Despite his Democratic affiliation, he considered himself a "Pinto", or rural, Democrat and his voting record was very conservative. He voted for Ronald Reagan's tax cuts in 1981. Shortly after that vote, he announced he would become a Republican when Congress reconvened in January 1982. Regardless of his party affiliation, he never faced serious competition at the ballot box. He briefly considered running for the Senate in 1986 after Barry Goldwater decided to retire.[1]

Described as "quiet" and "assiduously private",[1] Stump kept a fairly low profile for most of his tenure. He had only a skeleton staff; he was known to answer the phone himself at his Washington, D.C. office, and to open his own mail.[1][2][3] Stump usually returned home to work his farm in Tolleson on weekends.

In his 26 years in the House he became a noted member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving as chairman from 2001 to 2003. He'd chaired the House Veterans' Affairs Committee from 1995 to 2001, when he was forced to give that post up due to caucus-imposed term limits. He is one of the few members of the House to chair both committees.[4] He consistently supported increased spending on the military and veterans.[2][3][5] The 2003 military appropriations authorization act was named after him in recognition of his commitment to the military as the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003.[6]

Stump sponsored bills to make English the official language for government business and to alter laws so that children born to non-citizen parents would not be citizens.[3] According to Amy Silverson, he was "best known in Congress as a perpetual naysayer, casting votes against almost all spending programs."[1]

Between 1976 and 2002 he accumulated a lifetime score of 97 (out of 100) from the American Conservative Union.[7] He received very low scores from the National Council of Senior Citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union, the AFL-CIO, the NAACP, and the League of Conservation Voters.[8]

Although his district included the entire northwestern portion of Arizona, the vast majority of its residents lived in the West Valley. Stump was often accused of addressing himself mainly to the West Valley and ignoring the other portions of his sprawling district. Indeed, many of his constituents rarely saw him. He maintained his district office in downtown Phoenix, outside his own district, for many years.[1]

Bob Hope announcement

After the Associated Press mistakenly placed Bob Hope's obituary on its web site in June 1998, Stump announced on the floor of the House that the entertainer had died.[9][10] This was quickly denied by his daughter and publicist; Hope died in 2003, at the age of 100.

Death and legacy

He decided not to run for re-election in 2002 due to declining health. He endorsed his longtime chief of staff, Lisa Jackson Atkins, as his successor in what was then numbered as the 2nd District. Atkins had been very visible in the district, to the point that many thought she actually represented it rather than Stump. However, Atkins was defeated in a seven way Republican primary by Trent Franks, who still holds the seat. Stump died June 20, 2003 of myelodysplasia, a blood disorder and was buried at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix with full military honors.[1][2][5]

The Bob Stump Veterans Administration Medical Center in Prescott, Arizona, was named in his honor. Stump is no relation to the member of the Arizona Corporation Commission of the same name. In 2006 SR 303L was renamed the Bob Stump Memorial Highway.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Silverman, Amy (1993-10-13), "The Stealth Congressman",  
  2. ^ a b c "Former Ariz. congressman Bob Stump dies",  
  3. ^ a b c "Rep. Bob Stump of Arizona retiring", USA Today ( 
  4. ^ AZ HCR 2043
  5. ^ a b "Bob Stump, 76, Ex-Congressman of Arizona",  
  6. ^ Public Law 107–314—Dec. 2, 2002
  7. ^ ACU House Ratings 2002.
  8. ^ Green, Justin (1996-10-28), "Claims Stump doesn't represent most of constituents",  
  9. ^ House Proceeding, June 5, 1998 (6:01:45 from start). From C-SPAN.
  10. ^ "Premature report of Bob Hope's demise". BBC News. 1998-06-06. 
  11. ^ http://www.azdot.gov/Highways/Valley_Freeways/Loop_303/North/PDF/SR303L_DESIGN_CONCEPT_REPORT_Appendices.pdf

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sam Steiger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 3rd congressional district

1977–2003
Succeeded by
Trent Franks
Political offices
Preceded by
Sonny Montgomery
Mississippi
Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
1995–2001
Succeeded by
Chris Smith
New Jersey
Preceded by
Floyd Spence
South Carolina
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Duncan Hunter
California
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.