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Robert Smith Walker, lobbyist, former United States Representative from Pennsylvania. Recipient National Aeronautics and Space Administration Distinguished Service medal, 1996, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Distinguished Public Service medal, 2004; fellow Millersville University, 1996-2001, Franklin & Marshall College, 1997-2001.


Walker, Robert Smith was born on December 23, 1942 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Joseph Erdman and Rachael Viola (Smith) Walker.


Student William & Mary, 1960—1961. Bachelor of Science in Education, Millersville University, Pennsylvania, 1964. Master of Arts in Political Science, University Delaware, 1968.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Franklin & Marshall College, 1998.


Teacher Penn Manor High School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1964-1967. Legislation assistant to Congressman Edwin D. Eshleman, 1967-1974, administrative assistant, 1974-1976. Member United States Congress from 16th Pennsylvania district, Washington District of Columbia, 1977-1996, chairman House Committee Science.

Vice chairman house budget committee, chairman house Republican leadership, 1995-1997. Chief deputy minority whip, 1989-1995. Speaker pro tempore, 1996.

Executive chairman Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, Washington District of Columbia, since 1997. Chairman Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry, 2001—2002. Member National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, 2004—2006, President's Commission on the United States Postal Service, 2003, President's Commission on Space Exploration, 2004.

Political analyst Fox News, since 2005. Pennsylvania National Guard, 1967-1973.


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    • Co-author: Congress-The Pennsylvania Dutch Representatives, 1774-1974, Can You Afford This House, 1978, House of Ill Repute, 1987, Space: The Free Market Frontier, 2003, Crossroads: The Future of American Politics, 2003. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Trustee Aerospace Corporation, since 1997. Vice chairman Space Foundation 2004-2006, chairman 2006-2008. Member Susquehana Valley Center Public Policy, since 1998.

With Pennsylvania National Guard, 1967-1973, board directors Space Development, 2001-2008, Zero G, 2005-2008, Space Adventures, since 2008, board directors Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, since 2008. Member American League of Lobbyists (board directors 2000-2004).


Married Sue Ellen Albertson, April 13, 1968 (deceased May 9, 2007).

Joseph Erdman Walker

Rachael Viola (Smith) Walker

Sue Ellen Albertson