Bob Schumm, Commissioner
A long-time Lawrence resident, Bob Schumm moved to Lawrence in 1964 to attend the University of Kansas. It was at KU that Bob met his wife, Sandra, and once they were married, they made the decision to stay in Lawrence and raise their family because of the unique quality of life that they had experienced as students. They have three adult children.
Bob has been a successful businessman in Lawrence for more than 40 years. He opened his first restaurant in Lawrence in 1970 – The Bull and Boar Restaurant, located behind Weaver's on 9th Street. In 1973, Bob opened his second restaurant, the Mass St. Deli, which closed in 2007. Bob also opened Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse, a Lawrence mainstay in 1977. In 2009, Bob refurbished the space next door to Buffalo Bob's and opened the Dynamite Saloon. Additionally, two new facades were constructed, greatly improving the Massachusetts streetscape.
Bob has twice served on the Lawrence City Commission, first from 1978 to 1981 and later from 1987 to 1993. He was also elected mayor of Lawrence and served two consecutive terms from 1989 to 1991. As Mayor, Bob took a leadership role in solving the divisive mall zoning request which would have changed the face of Lawrence forever. Today, our downtown is the pride of Lawrence and its success is in part due to the leadership Bob provided in stopping the Cornfield Mall from being established in Lawrence.
An active member of the community, Bob is a long-time member of Downtown Lawrence, Inc. and has served as both the President and a board member. Most recently, Bob has been a committee member on the Lawrence Sister City Advisory Board and a member of the Lawrence Convention and Tourism Board.
Needless to say, Bob loves Lawrence and thinks without a doubt, that it's the best place in Kansas to live, work, and raise a family. He looks forward to putting his business knowledge and governing experience to work improving the community.