Representative Bob Rankin was born and raised in Mississippi, attended high school in Laurel, and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Following his graduation, Representative Rankin served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army Security Agency. Upon discharge, he worked for Sylvania’s Electronic Defense Laboratories in Mountain View, California.
Twenty-two years of his engineering career was with Ford Aerospace Corporation, the defense and aerospace subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, where he rose to vice president and general manager of the division. Representative Rankin became the executive VP responsible for integration of newly acquired subsidiaries. While living in Colorado Springs, Representative Rankin also served as vice president for the development of the Colorado Springs Symphony, as chairman of the Engineering Advisory Committee for the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs), and was appointed by Governor Roy Romer to the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute.
In 1995, Representative Rankin and his wife Joyce moved to Aspen and founded Aspen Cybercare, LLC, an on-going technology consulting firm providing support to business and residential clientele. In 2000, Rankin founded and served as chairman of the board for the Computers for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization recycling electronics while motivating high school students toward a career in technology.
Representative Rankin and Joyce now reside in Carbondale, Colorado, and are active members of the Colorado Republican Party.
Representative Rankin is the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the House Republican member of the Joint Budget Committee.
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