Robert is originally from East Texas and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He obtained his commission with the Marine Corps via the Officer Candidates School Platoon Leaders Course. After completing The Basic Course, he attended Fort Sill for training as an artillery officer and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marines in Hawaii. In addition, Robert deployed with Regimental Combat Team 7 in Iraq. After leaving active duty he earned his JD at SMU Dedman School of Law. He is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas.