Prince George–Peace River–Northern Rockies
Bob Zimmer was first elected to represent Prince George–Peace River in 2011. He was appointed by the Prime Minister to act as Chair of the BC/Yukon Caucus. In the last parliament he sat on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and AgriFood, the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, the Standing Committee for Natural Resources, the Standing Committee for Veterans Affairs and the Standing Committee for Procedure and House Affairs. He has also been the Chair of the National Prayer Breakfast and Co-Chair of the All-Party Outdoors Caucus.
In 2013 Zimmer was a member of the Canadian delegation to Washington to speak with American officials about the impacts of country of origin labeling on beef and pork. He has also represented the interests of Northern BC at international conferences in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kansas City, Missouri and Budva, Montenegro.
Zimmer started his career as a carpenter, working for his father’s carpentry business. He earned his Journeyman Carpentry Certification and started his own construction business in 1995. In 1999, Zimmer started a degree in human kinetics at Trinity Western University where he also coached varsity rugby. He went on to earn a teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia and started teaching at North Peace High School.
He got involved in politics as a member of the Reform Party in 1988. Zimmer names former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein and former Reform Party Leader Preston Manning as his political role models. When he moved back to Fort St. John after university, he joined the local Conservative Electoral District Association serving as its president until 2009 and then as secretary and CEO. When the riding’s MP, Jay Hill, announced his retirement, Zimmer resigned his role in the association and stood for nomination.
Zimmer is an advocate for balanced budgets and has lobbied for the widening of Highway 2 and the Alaska Highway between the Alberta border and Fort St. John. He has also spoken out about pension reform for parliamentarians. During the 2015 election, Zimmer spoke out against an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, saying enough studies have been done on the topic. He faced backlash for his comments on the issue.
He is married with four children.