Rob is the Official Opposition Critic for Education.
Rob was the critic for the Environment in the 39th Parliament (2009-2013). Previous to that he served as the critic for advanced education and tourism. In the 38th Parliament (2005-2009) he was the chair of the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee and has also served as vice-chair of the Select Standing Committee on Education and the Special Committee to Appoint an Ombudsperson.
Prior to his election as an MLA, Rob served two terms as a Victoria City Councilor.. He chaired the city’s finance committee and represented Victoria at the Capital Regional District, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, the Capital Region Housing Corporation and Tourism Victoria.
As a City Councillor, Rob was a leading advocate for public transit and affordable housing. He was instrumental in the creation of the Capital Region’s Affordable Housing Trust and the region’s transportation plan.
Rob has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria. He has worked in research and communications and was a research and policy analyst for the Ministry of Advanced Education. He was involved in many community organizations and travelled to El Salvador to monitor elections there.
Rob lives in Victoria with his wife Maura, daughter Rory and son Jack. He is a dedicated soccer fan and player, and is now helping coach his son’s team.