Bob Mollohan

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Bob Mollohan
Robert H. Mollohan.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1957
Preceded by Robert L. Ramsay
Succeeded by Arch A. Moore, Jr.
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Succeeded by Alan Mollohan
Personal details
Born September 18, 1909
Grantsville, West Virginia
Died August 3, 1999(1999-08-03) (aged 89)
Fairmont, West Virginia
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Children Alan Mollohan
Alma mater Glenville State College
Shepherd University
Occupation tax collector
Profession insurance

Robert "Bob" Homer Mollohan (September 18, 1909 – August 3, 1999) was a former member of the United States House of Representatives. A Democrat from West Virginia, Mollohan was succeeded in Congress by his son, Alan.

Mollohan was born in Grantsville, West Virginia. He attended Glenville State College, graduating with an accounting degree. After finishing his education, Mollohan was hired by the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia as a tax collector. In 1935, he was promoted to the rank of chief of the miscellaneous tax division. In 1939, the city reassigned Mollohan's duties, making him the local director of the Works Progress Administration. In 1940, he briefly worked for the Census Bureau.

For eight years, beginning in 1941, Mollohan was director of the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown. He left this position in 1949 to become a clerk for the U.S. Senate. He made a name for himself in Washington, and he rode the momentum to an election victory that earned him a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 1st District of West Virginia in 1953. After just two terms in Congress, however, Mollohan decided to run for Governor of West Virginia. He lost the election to Cecil Underwood. In 1958, Mollohan decided to run for his old seat, now held by future Governor Arch Moore, Jr., a Republican, but Mollohan was defeated. He temporarily retired from politics and set up an insurance agency.

In 1968, Mollohan made another run at Congress after Moore decided to run for governor. Despite his long absence from Congress, Mollohan was victorious. While in the House for a second time, Mollohan served on the Armed Services Committee and became famous for his ability to gain large sums for local 'pork barrel' projects. Mollohan retired from the House in 1983, after grooming his son, Alan, as his replacement; his son held the seat until his primary defeat in 2010.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert L. Ramsay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st congressional district

1953-1957
Succeeded by
Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded by
Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st congressional district

1969-1983
Succeeded by
Alan Mollohan