Rob Schwarzwalder serves as Senior Vice President for the Family Research Council. He oversees the Communications, Policy and Church Ministries teams and manages the Policy department directly.
Rob spent many years on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff for two Members of Congress and as a press secretary in both the House and Senate. The Senator and Congressmen for whom he worked held seats on the Senate and House Armed Services committees; the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee; and the House Oversight and Government Reform, Natural Resources, Science, Small Business, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
From 1997 - 2001, Rob was director of communications and senior writer at the National Association of Manufacturers. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Rob to be senior speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he crafted language relating to all facets of the President's health care agenda.
Rob's articles and op-eds have been published in many of America's leading newspapers and journals. He has been interviewed on economic and political topics by outlets as diverse as National Public Radio, The New York Times and The Weekly Standard and has facilitated many successful media events and news conferences.
Originally from the Seattle area, he graduated from Biola University and has an M.A. in Theology from Western Seminary (Portland, Oregon). He has also done graduate study in history at George Washington University and the University of Washington.
Rob was awarded a Lincoln Fellowship in Constitutional Government with the Claremont Institute and is a long-time member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Rob and his wife, Valerie have three children. They make their home in northern Virginia, where they also are active members at Immanuel Bible Church. In his spare time he likes to spend time with family and friends, read, jog, and watch old movies.