Wichita, Kansas 67202, United States
|| July 31, 1941
Dec 14, 2015 02:03am
|Info||Bob Knight is a born and bred Kansan. He was raised in Wichita, but his was not a �typical� childhood or adolescence, by any means. Bob�s family was firmly blue collar. His father was a laborer and house painter, while his mom helped supplement their meager income by cleaning homes. Bob, the middle child in a family of three kids, found himself on his own at 15 when his parents left Wichita in search of steady employment. He lived in a downtown hotel, working for room and board, and graduated from Wichita West High School in 1959, before joining the United States Marine Corps Reserve. The Marines smoothed some of the rough edges developed during his high school years, but it was Jane Benedick, whom he met while in college, who helped the independent former Marine focus his energy and resources on helping others, especially after he graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in political science in 1970. He and Jane were married in 1967. They have three daughters. |
Bob entered the business world as an investment banker, but his own humble upbringing and struggles made him a champion of �the little guy.� When he sought city council approval for some financing on behalf of a client and was rebuffed because �they didn�t seem to understand�or want to,� he decided to run for office himself. He was one of 61 candidates in the primary, but his genuine concern and understanding of the challenges faced by his constituents propelled him to a second place finish and eventual election to the City�s governing body. That was in 1979.
Twenty-three years later, Bob Knight is serving his seventh term as Wichita Mayor. He holds the distinctions of being the first Mayor elected by popular vote in more than 70 years, the top vote getter and longest � serving public servant in Wichita�s 130-year history.