State Representative Bob Thorpe has served in the AZ House since 2013 where he currently is the Chairman of the Government and Higher Education Committee, and also sits on the Education, Federalism and Rules Committees. Thorpe has received numerous awards and recognitions including the most recent ACCCC’s Arizona Community Colleges 2016 Legislator of the Year.
Born and raised in Burbank, California, Thorpe now lives in Flagstaff with his wife Donna, and has two grown children Elizabeth and Robert. Thorpe and his wife designed, built and live in their award winning energy-efficient home.
With a university B.A degree and several years of graduate studies, Thorpe has over 30-years of business experience including Walt Disney as an “Imagineer,” Price Waterhouse accounting firm and the aerospace industry where he built aircraft training devices for the U.S. Military including the F/A-18, F-16 and the Apache Helicopter. Thorpe both worked and volunteered for over 6-years in K-12 education and 8-years as a high technology instructor at UCLA Extension. Thorpe founded a software business with Fortune 500, international and government clients and has worked at a number of firms in the field of IT, software and website development.
In his late 40’s, Thorpe served his community for almost 8-years as a certified Arizona volunteer firefighter / EMT and has volunteered as a K-12 robotics competition judge and coach. Thorpe is a student of the U.S. Constitution and authored a book on the topic entitled “Reclaim Liberty” (available on Amazon.com.) Thorpe volunteers at his church and on cattle round-ups on the Navajo Reservation, and is active in conservative political organizations. Thorpe has climbed numerous mountains including the 14,500′ high Mt. Whitney (twice) and the 17,800′ high Popocatépetl, and is an avid sportsman enjoying outdoor activities including fly-fishing, shooting trap and sporting clays, snow skiing and armature astronomy.