• Mr. Speaker, God , family and country . Those three words are a life motto for one of my constituents, Robert ``Bob'' Lee Wilkinson . Bob is a God -fearing father, grandfather and veteran, who will be celebrating his 80th Birthday this March.
  • After graduating from Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1954, Bob joined the US Army. He was just 19 years old. His love of country drove him to the armed forces.
  • For three years Bob served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps where he was stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He became a Specialist 2nd Class with top security clearance.
  • Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge, utilizing the GI Bill, Bob attended Oklahoma Baptist University. He graduated with a degree in business administration. He embarked on a successful 38 year career in Human Resources as a Human Resources Executive. Bob met and married his wife, DeLora, shortly after returning to Shawnee from the Army.
  • Bob began his HR career while still in college, working part time at Oklahoma Gas and Electric. After graduation, he became the HR manager for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cakes in Oklahoma City. Bob was recruited to Dallas to join a startup company, Texas Instruments. At Texas Instruments, he became World Wide HR Director, which transferred him to different cities all over the Lone Star State. One of these cities being Houston, where Bob lives today.
  • After 19 years with Texas Instruments, Bob went to work for Compaq Computer, serving as their HR Director for 17 years. From there he went with Drake, Beam Morin, and a Human Recourse Outsourcing Firm. Bob's contribution to HR was quite the journey and it thankfully led him to the promise land—Texas, and we are so glad it did. Texas and Oklahoma are grateful for Bob's passion in HR and his willingness to help others.
  • Bob and DeLora spend their free time traveling to the plains of Montana to visit family . They have two daughters and three grandchildren. You can find them involved in the community and political activities.
  • 2015 will be quite the year for Bob Wilkinson . He celebrates his 80th Birthday on March 13 and this coming May, Bob and DeLora will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary. Congrats to a life and marriage well spent. It is obvious that God , family and country really have been the driving forces in your life, Bob .
  • I am proud to have you as one of my many neighbors in Houston. I thank you for your service to our great country . I join not only your friends and family , but the entire community when I say, Happy Birthday Bob !
  • And that's just the way it is.