Senator Robert L. Cowles has served as a Wisconsin State Legislator since he was elected to the State Assembly in 1982. In April 1987, he was elected to the Senate in a special election to serve the 2nd Senate District which now includes parts of Brown, Outagamie, Shawano, and Waupaca counties in Northeast Wisconsin.
Prior to serving in the State Legislature, Robert Cowles graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Rob then entered the private sector, where he gained experience as the director of an alternative energy division for a communications construction company out of Green Bay.
Soon to be entering his 30th year in the State Senate, Rob serves as Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs and Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology.
Senator Cowles is recognized for his emphasis to balance environmental protection with business needs, and has guided sound policy balancing the environment and business for the State of Wisconsin. Rob also focuses on government accountability and transparency, believing that our government must focus on serving its constituents efficiently in fiscal and administrative manners, and that any citizen should be able to access information from the government without a hassle.
For his leadership and hard work on issues impacting the district and the state, Senator Cowles has received recognition from Wisconsin Counties Association, Brown County, Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin Builders Association, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Wisconsin Grocers Association, Wisconsin Paper Council, Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, American Conservative Union, Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and others.
Senator Cowles is heavily involved in his community, frequently attending events and meeting constituents throughout the 2nd District. In addition, throughout his tenure he serves or has served on the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, Green Bay Stadium District Board, Brown County Taxpayers Association, Allouez Kiwanis, Executive Board of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Trout Unlimited, and the Brown County Historical Society.