A widely respected parliamentarian, Bob Kilger was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 and re-elected in 1993, 1997 and 2000.
An effective and energetic voice for his constituents, Mr. Kilger considers the $10.5 million funding announcement for the Seaway Ethanol project one of his proudest achievements.
He has served in senior caucus and government responsibilities. On January 30, 2001 he was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. From October 23, 1996 until 2001, he served as Chief Government Whip. This past Parliament, Mr. Kilger chaired the "Kilger Committee" responsible for a report aimed at modernizing the way Parliament works, chaired the committee on Bill C-17, (Canada's Terrorism Bill) and has been a member of the Board of Internal Economy for the past 9 years.
A businessman in private life, Mr. Kilger was partner of a franchise restaurant. He was educated in Cornwall at St. Lawrence High School and Cornwall Classical College.
1n 1992 he was named to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his varied and outstanding hockey career that included success as a player, coach of the Memorial Cup Champion Cornwall Royals, and a 10-year career officiating in the N.H.L.
Born in 1944, Mr. Kilger is a native of Cornwall. He and his wife Bernice have been married for more than 35 years.