Bob Hynes has more than thirty-five years of Washington experience, having served in government, corporate, consulting, and strategic planning positions. Hynes has strong bipartisan ties on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and with the independent agencies, particularly the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Hynes served as Minority Counsel to the House Rules Committee, during which time he co-authored a manual of House Procedures, updated editions of which are stilled used by House Committee Counsels. He served as Legislative Counsel and Parliamentarian to Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford and was Assistant Parliamentarian at three Republican Conventions.
When Mr. Ford was nominated as Vice President, Hynes was a member of the team that handled the Congressional hearings leading to Mr. Ford’s confirmation.
Hynes then joined NBC’s Washington office where he served for twenty-one years, the last nine as NBC’s Vice President. During that time he headed the networks successful efforts seeking to repeal the FCC’s financial interest and syndication rules, which prohibited network companies from having any ownership interests in programs they financed and presented on the network. In that capacity he was responsible for the overall strategic planning and implementation of corporate efforts in both the regulatory and legislative arenas.
He is past Chairman of the Arlington County Disability Advisory Commission having served on the Executive Committee of the Citizens Counsel, advising the County Government on matters of emergency preparedness. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law.
He is a Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, which operates the Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan and supports The School of Political Science bearing his name at the University of Michigan.