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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 Trent Franks

In office
January 4, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Floyd Spence
Succeeded by Duncan Hunter

In office
January 4, 1995 – January 4, 2001
Preceded by Sonny Montgomery
Succeeded by Chris Smith

Born April 4, 1927
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Died June 20, 2003 (aged 76)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic (1959–1981)
Republican (1981–2003)

Robert Lee "Bob" Stump (April 4, 1927 – June 20, 2003) was a U.S. Congressman from Arizona.

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. For many years, he owned a cotton and grain farm in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson.

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.

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 consistently supported increased spending on the military and veterans.[2][3][4]

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 accumulates a lifetime score of 97 (out of 100) from the American Conservative Union.[5] 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.[6]

However, he was sometimes criticized for addressing himself mainly to Phoenix and the West Valley, even though his district included the entire northwestern portion of Arizona. Many residents of his far-flung district rarely saw him. For many years, he maintained his district office in downtown Phoenix, outside the district.[1]

He decided not to run for re-election in 2002 due to declining health. He endorsed his chief of staff, Lisa Jackson Atkins, as his successor in what was now the 2nd District. 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.[2][4]

The Bob Stump Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Prescott, Arizona was named in his honor. Stump is of no relation to the member of the Arizona Corporation Commission of the same name.


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

Succeeded by
Trent Franks
Political offices
Preceded by
Sonny Montgomery
Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Succeeded by
Chris Smith
New Jersey
Preceded by
Floyd Spence
South Carolina
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
Succeeded by
Duncan Hunter


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