Robert Dean Hunter

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Robert Dean Hunter
Bob Hunter
Bob Hunter
Member of the Texas State Representative from Taylor and Nolan counties
In office
August 15, 1986 – January 9, 2007
Preceded byGary E. Thompson
Succeeded bySusan King
Personal details
Born (1928-06-25) June 25, 1928 (age 90)
Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shirley Long Hunter
ResidenceAbilene, Taylor County, Texas
Alma materAbilene Christian University
OccupationVice-president emeritus of Abilene Christian University

Robert Dean Hunter, known as Robert D. Hunter or Bob Hunter (born June 25, 1928), is a retired vice president at Church of Christ-affiliated Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives, in which from 1986 to 2007 he represented District 71.[1]

Hunter was born in Dodge City in western Kansas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Abilene Christian University. He also holds honorary doctorates from Pepperdine University near Malibu, California, Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and the Southern Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University, also in Abilene.

On August 9, 1986, Hunter won a special election with 50.5 percent of the ballots cast to fill the District 71 House seat vacated by the Democrat Gary E. Thompson, who resigned on June 2. Hunter became the first Republican since Reconstruction to represent Abilene and Taylor County in the state legislature.[2]

Hunter and his wife, the former Shirley M. Long (born c. 1933), have resided in Abilene since 1956. The 57,000-square-foot Hunter Welcome Center, named in their honor, was dedicated at ACU in 2009.[3]


  1. ^ "Robert D. "Bob" Hunter". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Republican lands in House as Senate race goes to runoff: Republican Robert Hunter won with 50.8 percent of the vote ...", Austin American Statesman, August 10, 1986
  3. ^ "ACU's History: 2009". Archived from the original on 29 October 2004. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gary E. Thompson
Texas State Representative from District 71 (then Taylor and Nolan counties; now Taylor, Jones, and Nolan)

Robert Dean Hunter

Succeeded by
Susan King