Personal

Born in Houston, Texas – October 1957
Raised in a suburban fringe area in northern Harris County
Grew up in a faith-based family and as a member of Rittenhouse Baptist Church
Graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1976
18 year resident of Huntsville, Walker County

Family residing in Walker County:
  • Parents: Faye and V. J. Bates, Jr. – members of Cook Springs Baptist Church
  • Two sisters: Carla and Sheila
  • Two children: Bobby (Gerald), Jennifer ,and their spouses
  • Five grandchildren:  James, Laney, Morgan, Kairi, and Strider

Professional Background

1973-1976   
An electrician by trade
  • homes, pools, small commercial and outdoor signs

1976-1983  
Operations and Real Estate Leasing Manager
  • managed properties under hundreds of company assets as well as coordinating
    subcontractors in the construction and maintenance of revenue producing assets
    for an outdoor advertising company

1983-1986   
Partner/Owner
  • in a successful outdoor advertising company, having managed all areas of the
    business from operations, leasing, construction, budgeting, sales, personnel and
    financial.  Gannett Co., Inc., purchased the company in 1986.

1986-2000   
Vice President/Political Affairs and Real Estate,
  • Texas Region of Gannett Outdoor Advertising and
  • Real Estate Manager, Clear Channel Communications’ Outdoor Division in Houston.

2001 to present
Self Employed
  • Licensed and bonded outdoor advertiser for the State of Texas
  • Residential rental and light commercial property investor


Civic Involvement

For 28 years, Bobby has been involved in a broad range of community events, charities and law
enforcement related projects such as Local Grants Coordinator for the Gannett Foundation,
American Association for Lost Children, Boys and Girls Clubs of Walker County, Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo, Lifetime Member of Walker County Fair Association, Newspapers in
Education (NIE), Walker County Master Gardeners Association, Drug Abuse Resistance Education
(D.A.R.E.), Police Activities League (P.A.L.) and National Night Out, just to name a few.


Professional Experience

Bobby Bates has managed and supervised acquisitions of companies, managed real estate
departments, public affairs departments and thousands of company assets across southeast
Texas and Louisiana.

He supported and remains supportive of private property rights and free speech.  Bobby
spent 10 years in the mid-80’s through the mid-90’s defending private and personal property
rights, issues involving eminent domain, payment of just compensation, and fighting against
taxation without representation.  

Bobby has lobbied City Councils, Zoning Boards, County Commissioners, State Legislators
in Austin and lawmakers in Washington, D.C.  

He has employed contractors and negotiated budgets for national corporations with annual
budgets well above $30 million.
Updated 11.30.2011
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