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Robert Smith Walker

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Bob Walker
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Chair of the House Science Committee
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byGeorge Brown
Succeeded byJim Sensenbrenner
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
LeaderBob Michel
Preceded byEd Madigan
Succeeded byDennis Hastert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byEdwin Eshleman
Succeeded byJoe Pitts
Personal details
Born (1942-12-23) December 23, 1942 (age 76)
Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationCollege of William and Mary
Millersville University (BS)
University of Delaware, Newark (MA)

Robert Smith Walker (born December 23, 1942) is a former American politician who represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1977 until his retirement in 1997. He was known for his fiery rhetoric and knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] [ORGAN PLAYING] CAROLE TERRY: I'm Carole Terry. And I am Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Washington School of Music. Seattle is one of the finest cities in the country for the number of instruments and fine instruments that we have here. And students know if they come to the University of Washington, not only will they have a good music school, but they will also have access to various instruments in the community. And they offer the students a wide range of opportunities for their repertoire. [ORGAN PLAYING] Yeah. Because you took time in a tempo rubato over that dominant pedal you have more time. I had been teaching off campus on many different organs, and it seemed that it was time to get something on campus for the students so they had their own instrument. And then the question was, what kind of organ? I knew I wanted a tracker organ, which means that the connection between the key and the pipe is direct. So when you press on the key, it opens a pallet that allows the air to go in and make the pipe speak. And I knew that the type of instrument that I wanted was a North German-Dutch design and that there were several people in the country that built this kind of instrument. It ended up that we went with Paul Fritts, which was lovely because he is a local builder. And he built this smaller North German-Dutch design, which means that you have certain kinds of large sounds that make a combination that can be used for Bach, and Buxtehude, and Scheidemann, and Sweelinck. [ORGAN PLAYING] And then little solo sounds that can be used for these composers as well. [ORGAN PLAYING] The organ is utilized in a variety of ways. We have the students use the organ for practice. [ORGAN PLAYING] We have this concert series that I developed. We're having people from South Korea. We've had people from England. We've had people from France. My teaching method is a very good one because I use so many different organs in the community, in addition to the Littlefield Organ. And then sometimes students are actually asked to play weddings or for events. And of course, the most famous of the programs is the Halloween concert, where we have people waiting to get in and people dressed in costume, and children and adults who just find this to be one of the zaniest and most fun concerts of the year. [ORGAN PLAYING]

Life and career

Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Walker graduated from Penn Manor High School. He attended the College of William and Mary from 1960 to 1961 and received his B.S. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1964. Walker taught high school from 1964 to 1967. He took his M.A. from the University of Delaware in 1968 and served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1967 to 1973.

Walker became an assistant to Pennsylvania congressman Edwin Duing Eshleman, working for him from 1967 to Eshleman's retirement in 1977. Walker won the Republican nomination to succeed Eshleman from the 16th District, including all or part of Lebanon, Lancaster, and Chester counties.

In Congress, Walker was an outspoken conservative and allied himself with fellow conservatives Newt Gingrich, Bob Dornan and Trent Lott and the Conservative Opportunity Society. He was one of the speakers at the first Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in 1989.[1] Michael Barone and Grant Ujifusa wrote that Walker was "scrappy, good humored, and ready to push his principles forward even at the cost of being mocked." He was a hawk on deficit spending and worked to reduce government spending but at the same time served on the science committee and advocated more spending on the space program, weather research, hydrogen research, and earthquake programs as well as pushing for a cabinet-level department of science.

Walker was also responsible for a rare punishment of the Speaker of the House and aiding in the rise of Gingrich. When C-SPAN began televising the House, Walker, Gingrich, and other conservatives found they could reach a national audience with special order speeches, given at the end of the day after the House finished its legislative program. In these speeches, they assailed the Democrats and their leadership in the House. On May 10, 1984, Walker was speaking to an empty chamber and Speaker Tip O'Neill had the cameras pan the nearly empty chamber.[2] No notice of this change was given to the Republicans when it was implemented on May 14, 1984. When the Republicans found out what was going on, Walker, who was speaking when the panning began, and Bob Michel, the Republican leader, angrily complained on the floor. The next day, Gingrich was speaking and Speaker O'Neill lost his cool, resulting in O'Neill's words being taken down and ruled out of order. No Speaker had been so punished since 1795. These events made Gingrich a household name. Gingrich would later bring Walker into the Republican leadership; Walker was chief deputy whip.

Walker was a fierce advocate of stronger drug laws. He proposed that all federal contractors institute programs among their employees with violations to result in the forfeiture of federal contracts – even if as little as one joint were found in a contractor's workplace. Walker also led a campaign against the rewriting of the Congressional Record and had the practice banned in the 104th Congress when Republicans won control of the House. He was chairman of the House Science Committee during his last term.

Congressional Quarterly wrote that "he has raised too many hackles and rubbed too many nerves to be very popular" in the House, but the voters back in Pennsylvania only once gave him less than sixty-five percent of the vote.

In 2001 he was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. He also served on the President's Commission on Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy (2004) and the President's Commission on the United States Postal Service (2005).

His name had been circulated as a possible NASA administrator following the 2004 resignation of Sean O'Keefe.[citation needed] He is now on the board of directors of Space Adventures, and has served as chairman of the board of the Space Foundation. He is chairman of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy. In October 2016 he was appointed space policy adviser of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.[3]

Walker is executive chairman of the Washington lobbying firm, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates. [1]

Walker is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.[4]

References

  1. ^ Eshleman, Jr., Russell E. (September 17, 1989). "Harrisburg Conference Promotes Conservative Ideals and Issues". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.
  2. ^ "First Panning of House Chamber", May 10, 1984, C-SPAN
  3. ^ Foust, Jeff (October 27, 2016). "Election only the start of a long-term NASA transition". SpaceNews. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rep. Bob Walker (R-PA) joins the ReFormers Caucus". Issue One. Retrieved 2017-06-02.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edwin Eshleman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district

1977–1997
Succeeded by
Joe Pitts
Preceded by
George Brown
Chair of the House Science Committee
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Jim Sensenbrenner
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ed Madigan
House Republican Chief Deputy Whip
1989–1995
Succeeded by
Dennis Hastert
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