Bob Townsend currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Richardson, having been elected to that position in May 2013. He served as Mayor in 2011-2013, Mayor Pro Tem in 2007-2011 and was elected to the City Council in 2001. He has long been active in homeowners associations, serving as president of the Southwest Richardson Homeowners Association and the Richland Meadows Neighborhood Association. A native of Oklahoma, he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He received his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University. Townsend retired from Texas Instruments in 1997 after 37 years of service. At TI, his responsibilities included various managerial positions in the Information Systems and Services Division. He and his wife, Lynn, have three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.