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Rob was born and raised in Kansas City, KS.  After completing high school at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, he entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Marion Military Institute, Marion Alabama.  Rob was a cadet leader both years, eventually being responsible for 80 fellow students.  After accepting a commission in the US Army in May 2001, Rob came to Lawrence to complete his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas.  As it happens so often, Rob met his wife to be, Leigh Baker while at KU, and they decided that Lawrence was the place they wanted to start their family.  They’ve both lived in Lawrence for over 18 years and have two boys.

Rob is currently an active duty Major in the Kansas Army National Guard.  Over the course of his career so far, Rob has served as a tank platoon leader, tank company executive officer, assistant operations officer, tank company commander, Afghan Army unit advisor, battalion operations officer, and battalion executive officer.  He as also served in various staff positions at the brigade and division levels.

Rob has deployed overseas three times, once each to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and other commendations and service awards.

Rob’s interest in city affairs started in 2006 and through three deployments he followed the news of Lawrence.  It was his interest in city issues, and the high regard of the program that led Rob to pursue a Master of Public Administration at the University of Kansas.  He completed that program in 2017.  Rob continues to be interested in city issues and has been considering a city commission run for some time.  For the last four years, he’s served as a city appointee on the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission. 

"Rob Sands for Lawrence will only reference Rob's military rank and service history as appropriate.  This does not infer endorsement by the Department of Defense or the Department of the Army."

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