Robert S. Walker
Wexler & Walker's Chairman is perhaps the best political and policy strategist and tactician in Washington. We are not the only ones who think so. Charles Cook, a widely respected political analyst, wrote while Bob Walker served in the Congress, "he has been the best Republican tactician they've got." And the prestigious publication The National Journal said of Walker, "Indeed as much as anyone, he is the father of the revolution that led to the Republican victory in 1994."
Today, Wexler & Walker's clients get the advantage of Walker's unparalleled insight and close relationships with national power brokers. His former colleagues in the congressional leadership and top officials in the Bush Administration regularly call on him for outside counsel. He is seen as an expert in science, space, technology and energy issues and a master of legislative tactics and procedure. During the 2000 presidential campaign, Walker served as the Bush advisor on science, space and technology.
In August 2001, Bob Walker was appointed by President Bush to be Chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industries.
As a Member of Congress from Pennsylvania's 16th District, Walker served much of his twenty-year career in the Republican leadership as Chief Deputy Whip, Chairman of the Leadership, and Speaker Pro Tempore. In 1995, he was selected as Chairman of the Science Committee and Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. And throughout his congressional tenure he was probably best known for his role as the GOP floor manager in the House.
As a lecturer, writer and commentator, Walker appears regularly on FOX News, CNBC and PBS, among others, and lectures at the Brookings Institution, the Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute, the Kennedy School at Harvard University, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center and at several colleges and universities. He is called upon to address national and international technology forums, and his latest book, INSIDE THE HOUSE, co-authored with several other former Congressmen, was released in 2001.
In 1996, Bob Walker became the first sitting House Member to be awarded NASA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. He has stayed involved in space policy as a board member of the Aerospace Corporation, SpaceDev, and the Space Foundation. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of DCH Technology and serves on the advisory board of the IMAX Corporation. His community outreach work includes the boards of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the American League of Lobbyists.
Prior to his election to Congress in 1976, Walker was a high school teacher and a congressional aide. He holds a B.S. in Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Franklin and Marshall College. His avocations include golf, tennis and racecar driving.