About Bob Rankin
Veteran, Engineer, Executive
Senator Bob Rankin grew up in Mississippi and earned a degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Following his graduation, Senator Rankin served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of captain. Upon discharge, he embarked on a career in defense and computer electronics.
Twenty-two years of his engineering career was with Ford Aerospace Corporation, where he rose to vice president and general manager of the division. After Ford Aerospace was acquired by another company, Bob joined Computer Sciences Corporation in Washington, D.C. as a division president managing government programs.
Senator Rankin and his wife Joyce moved to Aspen and founded Aspen Cybercare and Interactive Outdoors, two startup technology companies, In 2000, Rankin founded and served as chairman of the board for the Computers for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization recycling electronics while motivating high school students toward a career in technology.
Senator Rankin served six years in the Colorado House of Representatives before being selected by a vacancy committee to fill the vacant Senate District 8 seat. He was elected by his caucus as the Senate Republican member of the Joint Budget Committee and as a result of his time on the committee representing the house republican caucus, he is in his sixth year on that important committee. He is also a member of the Senate Appropriations completed ions Committee.
He has served as a board member of the Colorado Tourism Office and the State Internet Portal Authority. He co-chairs the Education Leadership Council, established by executive order to envision the future of education in Colorado.
The Senator has sponsored many bills during seven years of service in support of rural and western Colorado. His recent successes are in the areas of health care and education reform.