Bob Fuehr is not a professional politician. He’s an experienced businessman and civic leader who dreams of going to Washington, D.C. to do what needs to be done to get America working again. As a Fortune 100 executive with over 30 years of experience dealing with large budgets and complex business issues and negotiations, Bob knows that neither business, nor government can function in an environment of perpetual gridlock.
From his early childhood, Bob knew the value of a dollar and hard work. His parents graduated from high school at the height of the depression in 1936 with no money for either of them to go to college. Bob’s mother went to work in a department store and his father went to night school to learn accounting but always impressed on him the importance of Education. Bob earned a National Merit Scholarship to go to Case Institute of Technology graduating as an electrical engineer and received the Humphrey Fellow that allowed him to attend the Harvard Business School and earn a MBA.
At 17, Bob worked for Ohio Bell while he was still in high school and stayed with the telephone company for thirty years eventually becoming the U S WEST Vice President for Utah in 1990. After his retirement, Bob became COO at a small Internet start-up in West Valley City where he helped grow the company from 40 to 400 employees. During that time, Bob was asked by then Utah Governor Mike Leavitt to run the Division of Business and Economic Development during the Olympics, a public service opportunity Bob gratefully accepted.
Bob attributes his desire to give back to the community to his parents. Moving around the country every three years gave him the opportunity to participate in a host of community activities ranging from leading an Explorer Post when he was a young man to running the Salt Lake City United Way Campaign in 1993 and serving on the board of Southern Utah University as chair.
Married for over 40 years, Bob enjoys spending free time with his wife Jeanne, who met and fell in love with Bob when they both worked for Northwestern Bell in St. Paul Minnesota. Jeanne is currently the Director of the Food Bank in Park City and actively volunteers including time spent at Primary Children’s Hospital. Unable to have children of their own, Bob and Jeanne fostered one son, now an adult, and enjoy traveling, the outdoors and playing with their pets.
GETTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK – Getting Americans Back to Work The most critical issue facing us today is getting Americans back to work. So many of society’s problems decrease when people are working; less domestic violence, fewer broken families, more money for cities and states for education, less homelessness and so on. Governments don’t create jobs…private businesses do. Our federal government needs to stop placing heavier and more burdensome regulations on all our businesses and get out of their way and let American small business flourish. Many of our most complicated laws, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank, were intended to curb abuses by our largest companies such as the Wall Street banks, but their regulations apply with equal force to our small businesses and community banks. Rewrite these laws so that the burden of regulation is proportional to the size of the business and stop treating our community banks and small businesses as the problem. We also need to encourage our businesses to expand here in America and not overseas. We should create a corporate tax credit for the next ten years on the wages and benefits of every job brought back from overseas. The cost of this temporary tax credit will be more than recovered by the income taxes paid by these new American workers, through the goods and services they buy and by the reduced cost of welfare and food stamps for the unemployed.
THE BUDGET DEFICIT – The size of the current budget deficit hurts job creation, America’s competitiveness and even our national security. The budget and the growth in the national debt must be reduced by reducing the scope of federal activities and returning many functions back to the states, increasing the efficiency of the government operations and greater scrutiny of the current tax code. America cannot tax itself into prosperity. We need to simplify the tax code and eliminate the special tax exceptions or ‘loopholes’ so every company and individual is treated equitably. I propose to: 1. Support a rewrite of the tax code that simplifies the process, fairly distributes the tax burden across all elements of our society and generates sufficient tax revenue to support the ‘national’ functions of the federal government. We cannot continue a system that is so complicated that it is understood by none and where 47 percent of Americans do not contribute. 2. Pass a law that any business tax exception would AUTOMATICALLY expire on the tenth anniversary of its effective date. If the tax exception is a good idea and has public support, then a sponsor can be found in the House and the Senate to sponsor a bill and explain its merits to the other members and see if it serves the public interest. 3. Find the ten most ‘out of date’ and unnecessary business tax loopholes and publish them for all to see. Tax exceptions work best when they are hidden and out of sight. Exposing them to public scrutiny will prove them to be unnecessary and public outrage will cause them to be repealed. 4. Move the Social Security Trust Fund out of the General Fund. While this may temporarily make the deficit look bigger, it will provide a more accurate view of the current problem and not use the current Social Security surplus to mask the deficit problem.
NATIONAL DEFENSE – Ronald Reagan once said, “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.” I agree that maintaining a strong national defense is vital to the well-being of our citizens. Congress needs to fully fund our military and recognize that now is not the time to implement the funding reductions recommended by this Democratic administration. I will NEVER agree with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s statement that the United States will seek the approval or concurrence of any other nation or group of nations before acting in our own self-interest or defense. I also do not agree with the decision to reduce the size of the regular armed services and to rely more on our reserves and National Guard. I think we have overused our reserves and National Guard over the last twenty years and need to strengthen our regular armed forces rather than reduce them. The nature of our conflicts has changed over the past twenty years and we need to design our military to fight the current threats with the appropriate manpower levels and equipment that they will need to fight 21st century wars.
EDUCATION – Our children’s education is best handled closest to home. It is not an appropriate role for the federal government. Parents, not Washington, know what is best for their children. Until we can lower taxes, the Department of Education needs to reduce the scope of their involvement and return the money back to the states as unrestricted block grants in proportion to the amount of tax money paid by the state. The ultimate goal is to lower taxes and leave the money where it belongs…in local hands and in the local schools.
IMMIGRATION REFORM – Immigration is a federal responsibility as outlined in the Constitution but the federal government isn’t doing anything to solve the problem. A reform of our immigration policies is long overdue and the need gets more acute every day. The Utah Compact provides a good outline of humanitarian principles that can guide our behavior, but to effectively solve the problem, we must take positive action: 1. Strengthen our borders to stop not only undocumented people but also terrorists and drug runners who treat our border like an open door. 2. Improve the accuracy of E-Verify and mandate its use by all businesses, with severe penalties for failure to comply. If we can monitor the jobs, we can eliminate the economic incentive of coming to the United States and slowly decrease the problem. 3. Stop punishing those immigrants who came to the United States as small children and develop a route to citizenship for those working or in college. 4. Increase the number of worker visas so that any foreign student graduating college with an advanced degree can stay in the United States and improve our nation’s technical capability.
HEALTH CARE COSTS – I will fight any effort to continue or expand the mandatory health care system detailed in the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, several things can be done to control health care costs: 1. Implement meaningful, national tort reform that would place limits on the amount of medical malpractice ‘pain and suffering’ awards. How many times has your doctor ordered tests not because they thought they were needed but because they wanted to have them as protection in case they were later sued? Several states, such as Texas, California, Georgia and Utah have already passed such legislation and seen a marked drop in the size of medical awards and the resulting drop in malpractice insurance rates and health costs. 2. Negotiate the same prices for prescription drugs for Medicare participants as the government has already negotiated for its Medicaid patients. The difference in prices would save billions of dollars every year. 3. Start patent protection for drugs when the drug is approved for use and not when it is discovered. Prescription drugs are the result of a long and expensive process of development and testing. Once a new drug is discovered, the company files for a patent to protect their property and then begins the lengthy testing process before the drug is approved. Unfortunately, while the drug is being tested, several years of patent protection can pass. Once the drug is approved for sale, the drug company must recover its development costs over the time remaining on the patent. Starting the ‘patent clock’ when the drug is approved for sale would give the companies the full 20 years of patent protection to recover their costs. This longer recovery period will result in lower costs to the consumer.
SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS – The Constitution is very clear and the courts have upheld the right of a citizen to keep and bear arms. Both my wife and I have concealed weapons permits and I have over 15 rifles. With all the traveling I do, my wife has a 20 gauge shotgun at home and an automatic pistol for her personal protection. I support and will defend the constitutional right to keep these weapons for our personal defense and protection. We need to remember that it’s not guns that kill people but the people behind those guns. More work needs to be done to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill and not punish honest, hard-working Americans.
CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS – America’s founding fathers when they created the Constitution envisioned a system of ‘citizen legislators’ who would go to Washington, do the country’s business and then come back home. Over the years, we have evolved into a system of professional politicians who go to Washington for a career and become more associated with playing politics than they are with the needs of the people back home. We already have term limits for the President and thirteen states have passed term limits for their legislatures. I think it is time that we institute limits on the time our elected officials can serve in Washington.
Bob Fuehr on NRCC “Young Guns” Radar
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Bob is an experienced businessman and civic leader by trade. As a Harvard Business School alum and former corporate officer at a Fortune 500 company, Bob understands that small government best complements the growth of small businesses. As a first time congressional candidate, Bob hopes to bring his 30 years of experience dealing with large budget and problem solving skills to Washington, D.C.
Bob Fuehr on Fox 13
Love Match: Businessman Runs Against Mia Love
By: Brian Mullahy, KUTV
March 20, 2014
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She’s one of Utah’s most talked about politicians, but he is not deterred.
Bob Fuehr may have already done what most GOP politicos would not dare to do—launch an infra-party challenge against the anticipated juggernaut of the Mia Love campaign.
“I’m a businessman, not a politician,” said Fuehr in a 2News interview on Wednesday, a day after he submitted election papers to the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office.
Bob Fuehr is prepared to lead Utah’s 4th Congressional District. An experienced and well-regarded businessman, Bob has excelled at whatever he has sought to achieve, from seeking scholarship support to attend the Case Institute of Technology and the Harvard Business School through his success in corporate America. Today, Bob lends his expertise to various community and business boards and organizations, such as Zions Bank, Southern Utah University and the Salt Lake United Way.
- Educated at Case Institute of Technology graduating with an Electrical Engineering Degree
- Named the Humphrey Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration
- 30 years of Fortune 500 business experience with U S WEST rising from an installer/repairman to Vice President & Corporate Officer in 1990
- Chief Operating Officer at an Internet start-up overseeing the growth from 70 to 400 employees in one year
- Director of Business and Economic Development for the State of Utah during the Olympics
- Ten years on the Zions First National Bank Board of Directors
- 15 years on the Southern Utah University Board of Fellows, seven years as Chairman
- Member of the Salt Lake United Way Board of Directors
- Chairman, 1993 Salt Lake City United Way Campaign
- Six Years on the Pioneer Memorial Theatre Board of Directors
- Chairman, Utah Technology Initiative putting computers into public schools and training teachers how to use them in their classrooms
- Member of the Utah Symphony Board of Directors
- Visiting Professor of Economics, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan
I am not a career politician, I am a businessman with 30 years of experience and civic leader who dreams of going to Washington, D.C. to do what needs to be done to get America working again to save the American Dream for future generations. If you feel the same as I do, I ask that you please support me in any way that you can – calls, donations, signs – and send me to Washington to move Utah and this country forward.
If you are like me and feel we need change in Washington, let’s work together. I am the candidate for more jobs, a growing economy, less waste, a balanced budget, and common sense in Washington. With these conservative values and practical solutions in mind, your contribution today will go directly towards a campaign dedicated to a better government. I sincerely appreciate your support.