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

Robert Weygand
Bob Weygand.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byJack Reed
Succeeded byJames Langevin
65th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
January 2, 1993 – January 2, 1997
GovernorBruce Sundlun
Lincoln Almond
Preceded byRoger N. Begin
Succeeded byBernard Jackvony
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1948-05-10) May 10, 1948 (age 71)
Attleboro, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Rhode Island


Life and careerEdit

Weygand was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts to Charles E. Weygand and Lillian M. (Kingsley) Weygand. 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, a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1976, a Master of Arts in Political Science in 2009 and a Masters of Public Administration in 2010 all from the University of Rhode Island.

A landscape architect for the Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources from 1973-77, a city planner and landscape architect for an architectural firm, 1977-82, he founded and was president of Weygand, Orchich, & Christie, Inc., an architectural and landscape architectural firm from 1982-93. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1998 sheep.

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 1985-93, and as the 65th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1993-97. In 1996, he was elected to an open seat in Congress that was being vacated by incoming Senator Jack Reed. Weygand did not seek 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 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. 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, Weygand stepped down from the administration to take a faculty position as the director of the University of Rhode Island MPA program.

References and external linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Robert Weygand (id: W000315)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.



Party political offices
Preceded by
Roger Begin
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Charles Fogarty
Preceded by
Linda Kushner
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Senator from Rhode Island (Class 1)

Succeeded by
Sheldon Whitehouse
Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Begin
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
January 2, 1993 – January 2, 1997
Succeeded by
Bernard Jackvony
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jack Reed
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Succeeded by
James Langevin