Bob Wilson Edit Profile
He attended San Diego State College (now San Diego State University) and Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design).
He served in World War II stateside in the Army commissary, 1940 – 1945. After the war, he was in the Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of colonel, and was a partner in two advertising agencies. He was recruited to run in the newly created 30th District, based in San Diego, California.
Wilson was reelected 13 times, rarely facing serious opposition as San Diego was a Republican stronghold. While in Congress he became a major spokesman for the defense industry and played a large role in the development of a military presence in San Diego. From 1968 to his retirement he served as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
He was well-known and popular in San Diego, and would blanket his district with pot holders and other gifts with his name on it during election time. Several households still have the 40-page Bob Wilson Barbecue Cook Book he sent out. While in office, he patented a "Smack-Its", a table-top tetherball game.
In 1980, Wilson decided not to run for a 15th term. He served as co-chairman of American Freedom Coalition with Congressman Richard Ichord. Wilson died on August 12, 1999 in Chula Vista, California, at the age of 83.
He is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. Bob Wilson Drive at the San Diego Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park is named for Wilson. He once said "the hospital is the most important thing in my entire career in Congress as far as I'm concerned."
On May 8, 2008, Naval Medical Center San Diego was rededicated as Bob Wilson Naval Hospital.
Bob Wilson Naval Hospital serves a population of 250,000 active-duty personnel along with those retired from military service. The facility treats 4,000 patients, performs 50 surgical procedures and delivers 10 babies daily with a staff of 6,200, according to Adm. Christine Hunter, the hospital's commander.
" morally bankrupt administration was riddled from within by graft and grand larceny. The Trumanites had had their day. It was time to turn the rascals out, to make a clean sweep and reinstate Christian principles of morality on a national level." – quoted from Confessions of a Kinetic Congressman.
His campaigns featured anti-communism themes, stressing the importance of a strong military. He also opposed high taxes, championing rugged individualism instead.
He was a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was a member of the Republican Party. From 1959 until his retirement he was a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
He was a member of the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Married Shirley Haughey Sarrett, May 16, 1974. Children by previous marriage: Frances (Mistress James Wilson), Mary Ann (Mistress Michael W. Chapple), Bryant.