A LIFETIME OF
Radio host Paul Harvey said it best:
And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.
That depiction of a farmer's work ethic and commitment to service suits Bob Peterson well. As an eighth generation family farmer, he's spent his entire life on the grain and livestock farm he currently owns and operates with his brother in Fayette County. The values he learned growing up on the farm inspired him to become involved and make a difference.
From the Family Farm to Family Values
Bob graduated cum laude from the Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. While there, he joined the OSU honors program and worked at the university’s research farm. He also participated in the OSU Leadership Development Class (LEAD), which gave him educational experiences in Japan, China, and Korea and taught him valuable life lessons in leadership, media, politics, economics, the environment, food safety, social issues and family values.
He met his wife, Lisa, at the Fayette County fair, when she was a 4-H extension agent. As their family grew, Lisa left the 4-H position but stayed active in the community, volunteering with local school, church, and civic organizations. Bob and Lisa are the parents of three grown children, Hannah, Todd, and Sarah (John), and just became grandparents. Bob has always believed that his greatest responsibility as a servant of God is to be a good parent and a responsible citizen, or as he likes to say, "Raise great kids, serve the community, and help make the world a better place."
From the Farm Bureau to the State House
Bob and Lisa live and lead by example, serving a long list of organizations, causes, and constituents over the years. As an agricultural expert and advocate, Bob became a leader in the Ohio Farm Bureau, where his colleagues chose him to serve as president of the organization for nearly five years. He also developed a passion for civic engagement and public policy, and he put that interest to good use when the voters in Fayette County elected him to serve as their county commissioner for 14 years before sending him to work on their behalf in the Ohio House of Representatives.
A Conservative Leader in the State Senate
In 2012, he answered the call to serve in the Ohio Senate, representing one of the largest districts in the state and advocating for the interests of communities in a 10-county region from central to southern Ohio. In the Senate, his colleagues again called on his leadership experience to serve as the institution's second highest-ranking officer, President Pro Tempore. He is currently serving his second term on behalf of the 17th senate district.
A Tireless Advocate for Faith, Family & Freedom
Bob has contributed at the local, state, and national level as a citizen, parent, community leader, congregant, volunteer, elected official, and passionate advocate for the conservative principles on which our nation was founded.
He is proud to stand for faith, family, and freedom in the public square, and that's why in past elections Bob has been endorsed by some of Ohio's most prominent and respected advocacy groups, including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Education Association, the Affiliated Construction Trades Ohio, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, the Ohio State Medical Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Teamsters. With pride, he has been named a Friend of Agriculture by the Ohio Farm Bureau.