13 Facts About Robin Beard


Robin Beard was educated at Montgomery Bell Academy and graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.


Robin Beard was a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.


In 1970, Beard was appointed Tennessee personnel commissioner by newly elected Republican Governor Winfield Dunn.


Robin Beard's victory was not considered an upset, given the considerably more Republican bent of the redrawn district.


Robin Beard worked this district well over the next decade, building up a large following in a district where most of the living residents had never been represented by a Republican before.


In 1976, Robin Beard faced former Senator Ross Bass, who had represented the 6th from 1955 to 1964.


However, Robin Beard turned back this challenge fairly easily, winning by almost 29 points.


Robin Beard took over 74 percent of the vote in 1978, and was unopposed in 1980.


Robin Beard did not run for a sixth term in the 1982 elections, opting instead to run for the Republican nomination to oppose freshman Democratic Senator Jim Sasser.


Robin Beard was appointed as a NATO deputy secretary-general in Belgium from 1984 to 1987, and from 1992 to 1995.


Robin Beard later ran a Washington, DC-based import-export business and was at one time a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.


Robin Beard died from a brain tumor in Isle of Palms, South Carolina.


Robin Beard's funeral was held at the Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina.