BOB WALKER has spent most of his life helping people and serving others. Born and raised in Landrum, Bob graduated from Landrum High School and the University of South Carolina before serving in the U. S. Air Force as an officer and pilot during the Vietnam War era.
In 1966, Bob married Martha Johnson, and they have made their home in Spartanburg County for more than 50 years. Martha taught math at Landrum High School for over 22 years. Bob and Martha have one son, Greg; a daughter-in-law, Gina; and five adult grandchildren and their families - Anna Chesnut; Sara and Silas Rowland, with sons Desmond and Sawyer; Emma and Josh Simmons, with daughter Carter; and Tommy Walker.
At USC, BOB WALKER was a member of the Air Force ROTC and learned to fly airplanes. He went on to become a Jet Aircraft Flight Instructor and an Air Force Captain, teaching many brave pilots who would later serve in Vietnam. After his military service, Bob returned home and continued his passion for aviation and still flies aircraft today. Bob’s passion for flying was also inherited by his son Greg, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force and the former Veteran’s Affairs officer for Spartanburg County from 2012 to 2015.
BOB WALKER served on the School Board of Spartanburg School District 1 from 1981 to 1989, and the Spartanburg County School Board from 1989 to 1991. He was elected to represent Statehouse District 38 in the S. C. House of Representatives in 1992 and served in that role until 2008. During his service, Bob helped Republicans take the majority in the House and served as Chairman of the House Education and Public Works committee. He received many awards and was recognized by many groups for his leadership during this time.
After his service in the House, BOB WALKER went on to serve on the S. C. Aeronautics Commission, the Spartanburg County Transportation Committee, the Downtown Airport Advisory Board, the Spartanburg County GOP Executive Committee and the Middle Tyger Community Center Board. In 2008, Walker was named S. C. Aviator of the Year and inducted into the S. C. Aviation Hall of Fame.
In 2014, BOB WALKER was elected to represent Spartanburg County Council District 5, where he is the Chair of the Public Health and Human Services Committee. He is also a member of the Personnel and Finance and the Public Safety and Judiciary committees. In 2018, he was elected Vice Chairman of County Council and he was unopposed for re-election to a second term on County Council. Like many of us, Bob works for a small business and is the owner of Landrum Professional Consultants. Since 1974, he has been helping clients with their insurance issues and other professional needs.
BOB WALKER is a leader in the Landrum Lions Club, where he served as its President in 1976-77 and as its Secretary or Treasurer for the past 21 years. Bob was named the state's Lion of the Year in 1987 and inducted into the S.C. Lions hall of Fame in 1990. He also received the Lions Club International President's Award in both 1986 and 2000. In May 2019, Bob earned the most prestigious award available as a Lions Club member when he received the Ambassador of Good Will Award. The international president of the Lions Club, Gudrun Yngvadottir of Iceland, presented Walker the award for distinguishing himself during his tenure with the Lions Club.
BOB WALKER has also served as a deacon for Landrum First Baptist Church, and was named the Landrum Citizen of the Year in 1979.
As our County Councilman, BOB WALKER carries the conservative voices of Campobello, Gramling, Holly Springs, Inman, Landrum, Lyman, Motlow, and surrounding areas of Spartanburg County Council District 5. We can always count on Bob to never forget where he came from or who he represents. He will always answer your calls, listen to your concerns and do his best to meet your needs.