Mr. Speaker, his voice is heard by more than 60 million people across the country each year, but to us in Houston, Mr. Bob Tallman has been known as ‘‘The Voice’’ of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo since 1982. Tallman’s hometown is Winnemucca, Nevada, where he announced his first rodeo in 1970, but he says his heart and soul belong to Texas.

Tallman enjoys anything involving the western lifestyle. He and his wife, Kristen, raise cattle on their ranch in Weatherford, Texas.

Bob and Kristen have one daughter, Nicole, and are grandparents to boy and girl twins, who were actually born in Fort Worth during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. In a typical year, Tallman is on the road for 270 days of year.

For more than four decades, Tallman has entertained audiences at some of the top rodeos in the country. His ability to educate people about the professional rodeo has earned this 6 time Announcer of the Year the distinguished honor of being inducted into the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

In 2000, he established what he considers his greatest honor, Bob Tallman’s Charities. He holds his annual golf tournament in Houston and benefits the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Pediatric Programs and the J. Pat Evans Research Foundation. 

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has committed more than $450 million to the youth of Texas through scholarship and grants. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s mission statement is ‘‘to promote agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community.’’

And I can’t think of anyone better that Houston could have as the voice of Rodeo Houston.

And that’s just the way it is.