Bob was born in Dubuque, Iowa on December 31st, 1953, to Bob and Verdie Kressig. Bob has 2 sisters Judy Beckmann and Peggy Kane, who live in Waterloo. Bob attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and Columbus High School. Bob transferred to Waterloo West High and graduated, in 1972. In 1972, Bob started working at John Deere in Waterloo. Bobís parents were small business owners in Waterloo for years owning Verdieís Restaurant. He married Liz Amble in 1978 and has two daughters, Molly, who lives in Temecula, CA, and Laura, who is a senior at the University of Northern Iowa. Bob has 2 grandchildren, Brianna and Gavin. Bob and Liz moved to Cedar Falls, to 3523 Veralta Dr., in May of 1990, and have lived at the same address ever since.
Bob attended Hawkeye Tech. and completed a maintenance welding course, in 1974. He also attended UNI and completed course work for State of Iowa Post Secondary Teaching license. During Bobís tenure at John Deere, he held various jobs, from maintenance to assembly. Toward the end of his career at John Deere, Bob was a John Deere /UAW Joint Trainer, for 10 years. Bob retired from John Deere in December of 2003 with 31 years of employment.
Bob is currently a Board member of Veridian Credit Union, since 1996, and was the Board Chairman for 3 years. He was selected by Mayor Jon Crews in 2000, to the Planning and Zoning Commission of Cedar Falls, and resigned that position in December of 2004. Bob was also the Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, from 2002 thru 2004. Bob also serves on the Cedar Valleys Promise Policy Board, University of Northern Iowaís Metal Casting Center Board of Directors, North Star Community Services Board of Directors and was appointed by the legislature to serve on the Senior Coordinating Living Unit in Des Moines.
Bob ran for the Iowa House of Representatives District 19, in 2004, and won that seat. Bob currently serves on Public Safety Committee (Ranking Member), Commerce Committee, Local Government Committee, and Government Oversight Committee.
Bob is a member of the UAW Local 838 retirees group. Bob also joined the Cedar Falls Lions Club, in 2005. Bob enjoys riding bicycles and has been a member of Rainbow Cyclists in Waterloo, for several years. He also enjoys riding RAGBRAI and has ridden 18 total rides. Bob has been an active member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, in Cedar Falls.
Some of Bobís strengths are his care for his community and dedication to serve the people of Iowa House District 19 as their State Representative. Bob is open-minded, a good listener, and committed to representing the citizens. Bob is a team builder with leadership skills who is highly motivated, task oriented, and is experienced in planning and implementation processes.