Robert was born and raised in East Texas. He is a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman.
He received his bachelors degree from Texas Christian University in 1968. He also served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1970–71. His past work experience includes insurance executive, business owner and supervisory work with Texas Health and Human Services. He has been a licensed Texas Real Estate Salespeson since June 2007.
He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and National Wild Turkey Federation. He is a past President of Pineywoods Lions Club and life member of the Texas Lions Club. He is also a past President of the American Cancer Society.