Robert Weygand

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Robert Weygand
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Jack Reed
Succeeded by James Langevin
65th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
January 2, 1993 – January 2, 1997
Governor Bruce Sundlun
Lincoln Almond
Preceded by Roger N. Begin
Succeeded by Bernard Jackvony
Personal details
Born (1948-05-10) May 10, 1948 (age 67)
Attleboro, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Rhode Island

Robert A. "Bob" Weygand (born May 10, 1948) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1997 until 2001. He was a Democrat from Rhode Island.

Life and career[edit]

Weygand was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He attended St. Raphael Academy for his high school years, attended the University of Rhode Island where he became a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater in 1971 and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1976. A landscape architect for the Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources from 1973 until 1977, a city planner and landscape architect for an architectural firm, 1977 to 1982, he founded and was president of Weygand, Orchich, & Christie, Inc., an architectural and landscape architectural firm from 1982 to 1993.

In 1991, Weygand, then a state legislator, was offered a $2,000 bribe by then-Pawtucket Mayor Brian J. Sarault. Weygand went to the Rhode Island State Police and the FBI and agreed to deal with the mayor and provide evidence of the bribe. Wearing the listening equipment, Weygand met with Sarault in the mayor's office. After Weygand left, FBI agents burst in and arrested the mayor. The evidence Weygand provided helped send the mayor, several other city officials and private vendors to prison.[1]

Weygand served as chairman of the East Providence Planning Board from 1978 to 1984, a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993, and as the 65th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1993 to 1997. In 1996, he was elected to an open seat in Congress that was being vacated by incoming Senator Jack Reed.

Weygand did not run for re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2000, opting to challenge Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee. Weygand, a pro-life Democrat, lost the election to Lincoln Chafee, who enjoyed popularity among Rhode Island Democrats as one of the most liberal Republicans elected to national office.

In 2001, Weygand was appointed President of the New England Board of Higher Education in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2004, he stepped down at NEBHE to take a new position as Vice President for Administration at the University of Rhode Island. In 2013, Mr. Weygand stepped down from the administration to take a faculty position as the director of the University of Rhode Island's master of public administration program.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Begin
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Bernard Jackvony
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jack Reed
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
James Langevin