Bob Patterson, editor of
The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy,
has served as an adjunct research fellow of the Howard since 2004, sharing with
Bryce Christensen the responsibility of researching and writing the popular New
Research section of the Howard Centerís flagship publication.
Since being named editor in 2009, Bob executed the reconfiguration of the former
monthly newsletter into a quarterly journal that enhances the capacity of the
Howard Center to shape public opinion and public policy. Both print and online
versions represent our chief instrument for communicating the latest research,
the best policy analysis, and the sharpest arguments to restore the child-rich,
married-parent family as the cornerstone of American society.
Bob brings to the Howard Center more than a dozen years of senior-level policy
and communications experience in Washington, D.C. Bob served in the George W.
Bush Administration as the senior speechwriter at the Small Business
Administration (2008-09) and as a senior advisor and speechwriter at the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (2004-08), where he served Wade F. Horn,
Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. He also served as a staff
consultant to the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth.
Prior to his years of public service, Bob spent a year at the Heritage
Foundation where he oversaw the editorial preparation for the successful 2002
launch of <familyfacts.org>, an online research tool that makes the world of
social science research accessible to the nonspecialist. In addition, he served
four years as senior director of policy publications at the Family Research
Council, where among his many duties was as editor of the Councilís then
flagship bimonthly publication, Family Policy, and where he raised the
profile of social science research in the Councilís papers and publications. He
also served as a speechwriter to public affairs commentator Charles W. Colson.
On top of his duties at the Howard Center, Bob is an adjunct professor of
government at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, where he teaches political
rhetoric and speechwriting. In addition to
The Family in America, his
writings have appeared in National Review Online, The Weekly Standard,
Touchstone, Book and Culture, The Nicotine Theological Journal, and Christianity
Bob holds degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University (B.S.), Wheaton College
(M.A.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He lives in Leesburg,
Virginia, with his wife of 30 years, Mary Alice (nee Piepgrass). They are the
proud parents of three adult children, Michael, Jonathan, and Megan.