J. Bob Traxler

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J. Bob Traxler
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
April 16, 1974 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by James Harvey
Succeeded by James A. Barcia
Personal details
Born (1931-07-21) July 21, 1931 (age 83)
Kawkawlin, Michigan
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Michigan State University
Occupation Lawyer

Jerome Bob Traxler, also known as J. Bob Traxler or Bob Traxler, (born July 21, 1931), is a retired politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Traxler was born in Kawkawlin, Michigan, and attended the public schools in Bay City, including T.L. Handy High School. He received a B.A. from Michigan State College in 1953 and an LL.B. from Detroit College of Law in 1959. He was admitted to the Michigan bar in 1960 and commenced practice in Bay City. While a student at Michigan State, he became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.[1] He served in the United States Army, 1953–1955 and served as assistant Bay County prosecutor, 1960-1962. He was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 1962–1974, and served as majority floor leader in the Michigan house, 1965-1966. He served on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2000. He served on the Mackinac Island State Park Commission from 1992 to 2005.

Following the resignation of Republican James Harvey on January 31, 1974, Traxler was elected as a Democrat on April 16, 1974 to fill the vacancy to the 93rd United States Congress in Michigan's 8th congressional district. He was subsequently re-elected to the nine succeeding Congresses, serving from April 23, 1974 until his retirement from Congress on January 3, 1993. Due to congressional redistricting following the 1990 census, the area represented by Traxler mostly became the 5th district. James A. Barcia was elected to succeed Traxler for the 103rd Congress in the re-drawn 5th congressional district.

Traxler is a resident of Saginaw, Michigan.

Traxler married Jean B. Hose' on January 1, 2006.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Harvey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th congressional district

1974–1993
Succeeded by
James A. Barcia[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wolverine. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State College. 1953. p. 352. 
  2. ^ Due to redistricting, the boundaries of the 8th district changed. Most of what had been the 8th district became the 5th district. James A. Barcia was elected to succeed Traxler for the 103rd Congress in the re-drawn 5th congressional district.

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