Bob Inglis Speaks to ALMBS Citizens

Bob Inglis

Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise
Former South Carolina Congressman

Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Inglis founded and launched the national, grassroots organization on July 10, 2012. E&EI is guided by the conservative principles of free enterprise and economic growth, limited government, liberty, accountability and reasonable risk avoidance to solve our nation’s energy and climate challenges.

Under Inglis’ leadership, E&EI advocates conservative alternatives to big-government mandates and fickle tax incentives. E&EI maintains that the accountability of a “true cost” comparison between competing fuels will drive innovation and economic growth. As an optimistic conservative, Inglis launched E&EI to apply a “can-do” American spirit to the challenges at hand.

Before starting E&EI, Inglis represented South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District (Greenville, Spartanburg, Union counties) for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Inglis was first elected to Congress in 1992, having never run for public office. He spent six years in the U.S. House (1993-98) and kept a campaign commitment to serve just three terms. In 1998, he unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings.

In the fall of 2004, Inglis was re-elected to the open House seat he previously held and went on to serve another six-year stint in Congress. He was a member of the House Science Committee where he served as the Chairman of the Research Subcommittee and then as the Ranking Member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. During his six years on the Science Committee, interactions with scientists in Antarctica, Australia and elsewhere shaped his views on climate change.

In the turmoil of the financial crisis, Inglis lost his bid for re-election in June 2010. He spent the spring semester of 2011 as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and he taught at the Nicholas School at Duke University in the spring of 2012.

Inglis grew up in Bluffton, S.C. and earned a degree in political science from Duke University in 1981. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984 and later moved to Greenville, S.C., where he practiced commercial real estate law prior to and between his years in Congress.

Inglis and his wife Mary Anne (Duke 1982) have five children (a son and four daughters) and live on a small farm in in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.