Bob Elliott grew up on a farm near the city of Osborne in the great plains of north-central Kansas. He was class valedictorian and Student Council President of his high school, and went on to graduate in the top 5% of his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
He served his country for 30 years in the United States Army, and retired as a Colonel of the US Army Special Forces (the Green Berets.) While in the Army, he served as Deputy Commander of the 1st
Special Warfare Training Group, as Commander of the 4th
Special Operations Support Command (Theater Army) (Airborne), and served on diplomatic assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, Korea.
After retiring from the Army, Bob joined General Electric Company and served in a variety of positions with various GE affiliates in the company’s nuclear energy and Homeland Protection businesses. He subsequently served as a program manager for Westinghouse Electric Company in the company’s nuclear energy business.
Bob is a resident of Tracy and is active in the community. He currently serves as Board Vice Chairman of the Tracy Hospital Foundation, is a Board Member of Give Every Child A Chance, and is a past president of the Tracy Sister City Association. He is also a member of American Legion Post 172, VFW Post #1537, the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club, the West Side Pioneer Association, Tracy Elks Lodge No. 2031, and the Chambers of Commerce in Tracy and Manteca.
Bob was first elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on November 6, 2012, and was sworn in on January 7, 2013. He was re-elected in 2016 and is currently serving his second term. He represents the Fifth Supervisorial District, which covers portions of south San Joaquin County, including Tracy, Mountain House, half of Manteca, a portion of Lathrop, and associated unincorporated areas. Prior to his service on the Board of Supervisors, Bob served on the Tracy City Council from December 2010 until December 2012.