Robert is a 1983 graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Public Administration. He has been on the Committee Staff since 1987, and became Staff Director in October 2000.
As Director of the House Appropriations Committee staff, he is responsible for seven full-time professional staff with responsibility for developing in-depth financial, budgetary and policy recommendations on issues involving the state’s biennial budget. In addition to the state budget, the Committee also has jurisdiction over debt related issues and legislation involving the Virginia Retirement System.
Prior to becoming Director, Robert served as the principal staff analyst for the Subcommittees on Compensation and Retirement and on Economic Development. He has worked on fiscal and policy issues impacting the Virginia Retirement System, and on several economic development incentive grant proposals.
Prior to joining the Committee staff, Robert was an analyst with the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget (DPB), the state agency responsible for developing the Governor’s proposed budget. At DPB, he served in the Budget Operating Section, and later in the Transportation Section.